NCEA L2 Physics - Mātai Ahupūngao B

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Dr M. Harvey

Recommended Prior Learning

We recommend that you have achieved 14 credits in Science at Level 1, or higher. As well as Level 1 credits in mathematics, especially algebra. However, if you are really keen and are willing to work hard, we will consider you. Studying Physics Semester A would be a good idea, although it is not essential.  

If you want advice on whether Physics is for you, see Dr. Harvey

Physics is a fascinating subject because of its history, the beauty of its logic and its multitude of applications. 

Physics is the study of the physical world through experiment. We do experiments to describe the physical world and make predictions about how the physical world behaves.

This course is for students who wish to develop their thinking skills, their ability to engage in logical argument, experimental technique, and their understanding of the physical world in particular, electricity and the atom.

Topics you will learn about include:

  • Static electricity 
  • DC electricity
  • electric fields
  • electrical components
  • electromagnetism
  • the atom
  • radioactive decay

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

  • Circuits 
  • electric charge
  • electromagnetic induction
  • voltage, current and resistance
  • nuclear decay
  • radiation
  • atomic structure

So if you are interesting about the physical world and how theories can be applied in real life, then Physics is the course for you!

Course Overview

Semester B
Static Electricity
Charge and Field Lines
Circuits, Series and Parallel. Voltage, current and power
Magnetic Effects, force on current carrying conductor
Induced voltage. Simple generator
Nuclear Physics
Atomic Models
Nuclear Transformations

Learning Areas:

NCEA Level 2, Science - Pūtaiao


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