2PHYA

L2 Physics - Semester A

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms L. Kent

Level 2 Physics - Semester A

Mechanics is the fundamental concept underpinning all physics understanding. 

Physics seeks to understand nature at its most fundamental level. Physicists – and students studying physics – attempt to discover and apply the general laws that govern force and motion, matter and energy, and space and time.

Mechanics is fundamental to a range of professional and exciting careers including engineering, astrophysics and geophysics. Physics students should develop sufficient scientific awareness and skills to be able to engage with these areas and nurture further interest in them.

Skills and Competencies taught:

Research skills - Finding and evaluating information and apply physics concepts to a real-world example

Communication skills using language, symbols and text - Write comprehensive statements that demonstrate understanding of connections between mechanical physics concepts

Managing self - Safely plan and carry out practical investigations to demonstrate physical phenomena

Participating and contributing - Carry out practical activities in groups

Relating to others - apply physics concepts to a real-world example

Mathematical skills -  Complete 2+ - step mathematical calculations


In order to gain a Course Endorsement, students will have to go onto study Semester B of Level 2 Physics.


Prior Learning & Prerequisites

It is preferable that students selecting this course have passed the Mechanics external at Level 1, however, due to the COVID-19 situation, entry to the course will be considered on a case by case basis. It is also helpful if students are studying the Maths Semester A Graphing and the Maths Semester B Pre-Calculus.


Pathway

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement, however, you will need to select both Semester A and B.

Total Credits Available: 9 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 6 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 3 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91169 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 2.2 - Demonstrate understanding of physics relevant to a selected context
3
3
3
3
3
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91171 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 2.4 - Demonstrate understanding of mechanics
6
6
6
6
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 9
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 9
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
TotalNumeracy Credits: 6

Disclaimer

Selection of a course does not guarantee entry into the course. Courses may not run due to low numbers and timetable clashes may occur. In both of these situations, the student will be consulted about alternative courses during the Course Confirmation process.

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