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15330                                                                                               PHYSICS

Course:Physics                                                         Category:     A

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC                                  

Board Developed Course                                                               Exclusions: Senior Science (Preliminary)

Course Description:

The Preliminary course incorporates the study of kinematics and dynamics; the properties of waves; electrical energy, electric and magnetic fields, generators, superconductors and transformers; and the interaction between energy and matter that brought about the formation of the Earth.

The HSC course builds upon the Preliminary course.  It examines the effects of gravitational fields, momentum, projectile and circular motion and the development of our understanding of the macro and atomic world throughout the Twentieth Century.

Main Topics Covered:

Preliminary Course

HSC Course

Core Topics

·      Moving about

·      Space

·      The World Communicates

·      Motors & Generators

·      Electrical Energy in the Home

·      From Ideas to Implementation

·      The Cosmic Engine



One Option from the following:

·      Medical Physics

·      Astrophysics

·      Geophysics

·      Physics of Human Movement and Sport

·      From Quanta to Quarks

Particular Course Requirements:

Practical experiences should occupy a minimum of 80 indicative hours across Preliminary and HSC course time.

SKILLS / APTITUDE                         Important                               Not so important

Essay Writing                                                                                     *

Research                                            *

Oral Reporting                                                                                                *

Practical work                                     *

Working in a group or team                *

Public Performance                                                                            *

Meeting Deadlines                              *


Assessment:  HSC Course only

External Assessment


Internal Assessment


A three-hour written examination consisting of:

Core Modules

Multiple-choice questions

Short-answer questions


Options (one only to be attempted)

Short-answer part-questions


Questions/question parts focusing on Core Module 9.1 will be incorporated into both the Core and Option sections of the paper.








Knowledge and understanding:

- Prescribed Focus Areas

- Domain (outcomes H6-H10)

Skills in planning and conducting first-hand investigations and in communicating information and understanding based on these investigations.


Skills in scientific thinking, problem solving and in communicating understanding and conclusions.


No more than 50% weighting may be allocated to examinations and topic tests.