NCEA L2 Physics - Mātai Ahupūngao A

PHY2A
Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Dr M. Harvey

Recommended Prior Learning

To study physics you need a good understanding of mechanics, electricity and mathematics. It , in particular algebra. It would be a good idea to have achieved 14 credits in science, although if you are willing to work hard and study you may still be able to join the course.

If you have any questions, Dr. Harvey is the point of contact.


The study of nature and the properties of matter and energy, level 2 Physics explores the theories and principles involved in the physical world, in all its glory. We try to understand how the universe behaves so we can make predictions about our world.  

Topics you will learn about include:

  • Forces 
  • Projectile motion 
  • Linear motion
  • Momentum
  • Conservation of energy
  • Torque

All students experience using experimental data to explore and analyze the relationship between physical properties in the universe. Like the conservation of momentum!

By the end of the course, you will know about the principles of

  • Kinematic equations
  • Energy conservation
  • Momentum conservation
  • Vectors
  • Projectile motion
  • Torque and equilibrium

If you are interested in trying to understand the physical world through experiment then this is your subject.


Course Overview

Semester A
Revision of Mathematics
Mechanics
Motion including Kinematic Equations
Vectors
Forces
Newtons Laws
Centripetal Acceleration
Equilibrium
Hooke's Law
Torques
Energy and Momentum
Practical Investigation into a non-linear relationship

Learning Areas:

NCEA Level 2, Science - Pūtaiao



Pathway

NCEA L3 Physics - Mātai Ahupūngao

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