Physics (T)

students at Gungahlin College

Course information

In Physics, students develop their understanding of the core concepts, models and theories that describe, explain and predict physical phenomena.

Post-school pathways

Do you enjoy or are you good at Physics? (pdf,110kb)

Workload expectation

Four hours outside of class per week to complete homework and assignments.

Course pattern

Available as a Minor or Major course. A major-minor is available if a student completes ANU Secondary studies in Physics.

Suggested Minor course

Semester

Unit

1

Unit 1: Linear Motion and Waves

2

Unit 2: Thermal, Nuclear and Electrical

Suggested Major course

Semester

Unit

1

Unit 1: Linear Motion and Waves

2

Unit 2: Thermal, Nuclear and Electrical

3

Unit 3: Gravity and Electromagnetism

4

Unit 4: Revolutions in Modern Physics.

Unit descriptions

Unit 1: Linear Motion and Waves

In Unit 1, students describe, explain and predict linear motion, and investigate the application of wave models to light and sound phenomena.

Unit 2: Thermal, Nuclear and Electrical

In Unit 2, students investigate energy production by considering heating processes, radioactivity and nuclear reactions, and investigate energy transfer and transformation in electrical circuits.

Unit 3: Gravity and Electromagnetism

In Unit 3, students investigate gravitational, electric and magnetic fields, to explain how forces act at a distance, and use the theory of electromagnetism to explain the production and propagation of electromagnetic waves.

Unit 4: Revolutions in Modern Physics

In Unit 4, students investigate how shortcomings in existing theories led to the development of the Special Theory of Relativity, the quantum theory of light and matter, and the Standard Model of particle physics.