NCEA Course Booklet


Physics combines a sound theoretical base with considerable practical work and the use of technology. At all levels, students make and test things so that they see the application of basic theory.

context and to be able to explain or calculate what will happen. The skill of applying knowledge of physics to real life situations is a recurrent theme. Students wishing to do well in this subject need to be confident with their mathematical skills in the areas of graphs and rearranging and using formulae, along with an ability to drive a calculator. NCEA assessment also requires students to display understanding by being able to explain the physics principles involved in a given situation. examination, and the remaining 7 credits internally assessed. The following Achievement Standards will be assessed: • AS 91168 (4 credits – internal) Carry out a practical physics investigation that leads to a non-linear mathematical relationship. • AS 91170 (4 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of waves. • AS 91171 (6 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of mechanics. • AS 91173 (6 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of electricity and magnetism. • AS 91172 (3 credits – internal) Demonstrate understanding of atomic and nuclear physics.

Physics opens the way to a very wide range of careers and is a prerequisite for some. Examples include, engineering of all types, architecture, medical physics, environmental monitoring, telecommunications, research science, education, patent law, aerospace, flying, electricity production and supply, electronics, computer servicing, and diverse applications in industry and industrial development. Examinations require candidates to show an understanding of the physics involved in a given

Year 12

Prerequisites Completion of Prep Physics working at Stage 3 or above, or another Science with good supporting Mathematics results. Description This course has a greater practical component than previous years, including practical tests and extended investigations. The course offers the same range of topics as in the Prep Course, but builds on them, extending into projectiles, circular motion, momentum, gravity, kinetic theory, wave interference and diffraction. It also introduces the new topic areas of radioactivity and atomic physics. These topics and skills form the required foundation for success in Level 3. Assessment This course contributes towards NCEA Level 2, with 16 of the 23 credits externally assessed by

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