Prerequisites Level 2 Physics. The approval of the HoD will be automatic if more than half of the Level 2 external results were at or above the Achieved grade level. Description This course differs from Level 1 and Level 2 and includes a lot of new material based on the theme of simple harmonic motion. The topics include circular motion, simple harmonic motion, waves, AC circuits and atomic physics. The course is based on practical work and explaining the physics of situations rather than simply relying on calculations. More able students are encouraged to enter, and are supported in preparing for Scholarship examinations. Assessment This course contributes towards NCEA Level 3 and University Entrance, with 16 of the 23 credits externally assessed by examination, and the remaining 7 credits internally assessed.
The following Achievement Standards will be assessed:
• AS 91521 (4 credits – internal) Carry out a practical investigation to test a physics theory relating two variables in a non-linear relationship. • AS 91523 (4 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of waves systems. • AS 91524 (6 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of mechanical systems. • AS 91525 (3 credits – internal) Demonstrate understanding of modern physics.
• AS 91526 (6 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of electrical systems.
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