Struggling to get your head around Physics? Don't worry, our beginner's Guide to Year 11 Physics will help you through the 4 Modules so you don't have to hit panic stations.
Struggling with Year 11 Physics? Don’t worry, Matrix is here to help. In this Beginner’s Guide to Year 11 Physics, we’ll give you a clear run-through of the 4 Modules you need to ace.
Year 11 Physics is the final frontier for Physics students!
You will apply the techniques and concepts learned in Year 10 to more complex problems, and learn about several new fields – kinematics, dynamics, waves and thermodynamics, and electricity and magnetism. These subjects will be the foundation of what you learn in Year 12.
At the end of Year 11, in Term 3, students will sit a yearly exam which will contain material from the entire years’ study – it is important that students are confident in every single area!
We’ve written the Beginner’s Guide to Year 11 Physics for you as an overview of the core concepts and methods of the Year 11 syllabus.
This Guide will go through each of the four core modules of Year 11 Physics:
While everyone learns some broad basics of science up to Year 10, students who choose one or more science subjects for Year 11 and 12 will gain a much deeper understanding – not only getting to grips with laws and theories, but making hands-on observations and exploring open-ended questions.
This more detailed study means that you will also be held to higher standards when responding to questions and assessment tasks. Some of the skills you must develop are:
You will continue to do written exams involving multiple-choice, short answer and some long response questions. These will range in difficulty from simply quoting a law of Physics, to performing a calculation, to analysing how important discoveries have led to our current understanding of the world. Some questions will be formulaic, only requiring you to go through a familiar process. Others will require you to apply your knowledge to a new scenario.
‘Working scientifically’ is a major area of assessment. This may involve doing research, performing experiments, or analysing someone else’s methods and data. Being a scientist is not just about knowing facts – it is about knowing how to ask new questions and how to answer them. You will have an opportunity to develop these skills further with your Depth Study, where you must take more responsibility for your own learning, but have the opportunity to explore an interesting topic in return.
The depth study is an in-depth investigation of one aspect of the Year 11 Physics Syllabus and will involve students learning concepts and methods that are not explicitly covered in learning materials.
Students will be judged on their ability to work scientifically:
Remember, this Beginner’s Guide is just that – a guide for beginners! Students will need to do their own work beyond this guide to develop the requisite understanding for the Depth Study. If you want help with Physics practical skills, you should read our Beginner’s Guide to Physics Practical Skills.
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