NCEA L3 Physics - Mātai Ahupūngao

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Dr M. Harvey

Recommended Prior Learning

12 credits in Physics at Level 2 or higher. The majority of Physics exams at Level 2 must have been passed.

The study of the universe itself, level 3 Physics builds upon level 2 exploring the theories and principles involved in the physical world, in all it's intricate beauty. Topics you will learn about include: simple harmonic motion, as well as practical experimental and research skills.  By the end of the course you will gain a deeper understanding about the principles of mechanical systems, electronic systems, socio-scientific implications of Physics and much much more. Below is an example of the course content with regard to electrical systems.

You will gain an understanding of how society makes decisions about scientific issues, as well some of the ways in which the scientific community contributes to the success of the economy and society.

If you are interested in the application of scientific theories in the physical world, understanding how the world works, finding out how about interaction between physical concepts like magnetism and electricity as well as how this has impacted the world, then this is your subject.

Course Overview

Term 1
In term one we will explore mechanical systems, which extends what was covered in level 2. This will involve the following topics:

Momentum and Centre of Gravity.
Rotational Motion with constant angular acceleration.
Rotational Inertia, Momentum and Energy.
Gravity and Satellite motion
Simple Harmonic Motion

Term 2
In term 2 we will focus on a practical Investigation relating two variables in a non-linear relationship, which extends the level 2 standard and incorporates the treatment of experimental error and uncertainty in Physics.

We will also begin the topic of electrical systems which extends the level 2 course and incorporates the following subtopics:

Kirchhoff's laws and internal resistance
Resistors and DC circuits
Capacitors and DC circuits
Inductors and DC circuits

Term 3
We will continue the electrical systems topic, looking at:

AC circuits with resistors, capacitors and inductors.
Phasor diagrams
RCL circuits and resonance

Finally we will explore an application of physics in particular context.

Term 4
Revision for externals

Learning Areas:

NCEA Level 3, Science - Pūtaiao

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