Struggling to get your head around Physics? Don't worry, our beginner's Guide will help you through the Module so you don't have to hit panic stations.
Year 12 Physics is the final frontier for Physics students!
You will apply the techniques and concepts learned in Year 11 to more complex problems, and learn about several new fields – the origins of the universe, the nature of light and the operation of electrical systems.
At the end of Year 12 students will sit their HSC 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 12 Physics for you as an overview of the core concepts and methods of the Year 12 syllabus.
This Guide will go through each of the four core modules of Year 12 Physics:
The most helpful thing you can do to ensure you are prepared for the Physics HSC is to complete the sample examination materials provided by NESA:
Typically, questions will be separated into two types:
Calculation questions involve calculating some unknown quantity, such as the:
These can be simple questions with a straightforward answer or complex multi-part questions with a high chance for error.
For some concepts, students will be asked to explain a particular phenomena or outline what is occurring in a certain scenario. Although they may not need to use calculations, student’s explanations must be supported with reference to the relevant laws of physics.
Importantly, questions in the HSC will be testing the entire body of Year 12 physics, not specific modules. Expect to see questions that combine concepts of Advanced Mechanics and The Nature of Light, for example.
HSC and exam preparation is one of the most important things in Physics. A large portion of your final grade will come from these assessments!
Although we can’t provide a fool-proof way to ensure your readiness for the HSC, there are a few tips and tricks that will help maximise your performance:
In addition to examinations and practical assessments, students in any Year 12 science are expected to undertake a Depth Study. This is similar to what was done in Year 11.
The depth study is an in-depth investigation of one aspect of the HSC 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:
However, 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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