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Stage 2 Physics

Course Length: 20-credit
Learning Area: Sciences

Where does it lead?

This subject is designed to prepare students to study Physics at the tertiary level, and those courses for which Physics is regarded as either a prerequisite or assumed knowledge. Such courses include the physical sciences, geology, engineering and some medical courses. Physics is regarded as one of the enabling sciences, underpinning a great many other disciplines and can lead to exciting careers in such diverse fields as astro-physics, medical physics, geology, environmental science, mining and defence science. As well, a solid grounding in Physics should enable students to make informed decisions about many of the significant issues faced by society today.  Physics also provides an excellent grounding in evidence-based logical reasoning and develops skills in critical thinking and attending to detail, making it an excellent preparation for any tertiary course.


It will be assumed that students undertaking Stage 2 Physics have completed 20-credits of Stage 1 Physics and 20-credits of Mathematics at a high level.

What is in the course?

The content of the course includes sections on Motion in two dimensions, electricity and magnetism, light and matter and atoms and nuclei divided into 16 topics. Each of the topics has an application demonstrating the use of the ideas in practice. Important elements of the course include the design and conduct of practical investigations, researching and critically analysing information, solving Physics related problems and communicating effectively about Physics.


  • Skills and Applications Tasks
  • Investigations Folio
  • Examination


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