Physics ATAR

Year Level: Year 12
Codes: ATPHY
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Physics Year 12 ATAR

Recommended Background: B grade or higher in Year 11 ATAR Physics
Course Content Description:

A3PHY

In this unit, students

  • Students investigate models of motion in gravitational, electric and magnetic fields to explain how forces act at a distance.
  • understand that motion in gravitational, electric and magnetic fields can be explained using Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • understand how the electromagnetic wave model explains the production and propagation of electromagnetic waves across the electromagnetic spectrum
  • understand transformations and transfer of energy in electromagnetic devices, as well as transformations and transfer of energy associated with motion in gravitational, electric and magnetic fields
  • understand how models and theories have developed over time, and the ways in which physical science knowledge and associated technologies interact with social, economic, cultural and ethical considerations

A4PHY

In this unit, students

  • Students use the theory of electromagnetism to explain the production and propagation of electromagnetic waves and investigate how shortcomings in existing theories led to the development of the quantum theory of light and matter, the Special Theory of Relativity, and the Standard Model of particle physics.
  • understand the consequences for space and time of the equivalence principle for inertial frames of reference
  • understand how the quantum theory of light and matter explains black body radiation, the photoelectric effect, and atomic emission and absorption spectra
  • use the Standard Model to describe the nature of and interaction between the fundamental particles that form the building blocks of matter
  • understand how models and theories have developed over time, and the ways in which physical science knowledge and associated technologies interact with social, economic, cultural and ethical considerations
Mode of Delivery: In Moodle and live, online lessons.
Textbooks / Stationery: Refer to the Booklist - Personal Items and Resource List
External Examination: External examination compulsory in Term 4 Year 12
ATAR Pathway: Entry into University