12PHY

NCEA Level 2 Physics

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms L. Strange

This is a general Level 2 NCEA physics course for students intending to work or study in a physics-related field such as engineering, architecture, games design, radiotherapy, medicine, military training. 

Students study 

  • mechanics – linear and circular motion, forces, energy, torque
  • waves – lenses and mirrors, sound and light, the electromagnetic spectrum, reflection, refraction. 
  • modern Physics - Atomic and Nuclear Physics
  • physics in context
  • practical investigation 

All achievement standards are based on student interest and may change with general classroom consensus.


Course Overview

Term 1
91172 - Demonstrate understanding of atomic and nuclear physics

This will be internally assessed as a closed book test.

91171 - Demonstrate understanding of mechanics

This is an externally assessed standard

Term 2
91168 Carry out a practical physics investigation that leads to a non-linear mathematical relationship

This will be internally assessed over 3 consecutive lessons.

Completion of 91171 - Demonstrate understanding of mechanics

Term 3
91170 Demonstrate understanding of waves

This is an externally assessed standard

91169 Demonstrate understanding of physics relevant to a selected context

This is assessed as a research-based report

Term 4
Exam preparation - revision and exam skills.

Possible further assessment opportunities.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

1B8 punched, ringbinder, pencil, 30cm ruler, blue & black pens, highlighter 14J8 graph paper and a scientific calculator is required for this course.
It is recommended that students purchase a write-on manual at approximately $20.00 per book.
Field Trips: These may be discussed and planned throughout the year as appropriate.

Recommended Prior Learning

A minimum of 12 science and/or agriculture credits, including one external standard at the achieved level.
Be enrolled for either 12MA1 or 12MA2 and either 12EN1 or 12EN2.
Students may be required to complete a science department algebra, trigonometry and Pythagoras theorem assessment to a satisfactory level.

Pathway

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Total Credits Available: 20 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91168 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 2.1 - Carry out a practical physics investigation that leads to a non-linear mathematical relationship
4
4
4
4
4
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y
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

Assessments:
Term: 4, Week: 2

A.S. 91170 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 2.3 - Demonstrate understanding of waves

Further assessment opportunities will not be offered for this standard inline with NZQA guidelines

4
4
4
4
4
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y

Assessments:
Term: 4, Week: 4

A.S. 91171 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 2.4 - Demonstrate understanding of mechanics

Further assessment opportunities will not be offered for this standard inline with NZQA guidelines

6
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

Assessments:
Term: 4, Week: 4

A.S. 91172 v2
NZQA Info
Physics 2.5 - Demonstrate understanding of atomic and nuclear physics
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

Assessments:
Term: 1, Week: 6

Credit Summary
Total Credits: 20
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 20
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
TotalNumeracy Credits: 14

Disclaimer

POLICY
It is the policy of Taupo-nui-a-Tia College to have school-wide policies that inform parents and students of the criteria for administering all Assessments for National Qualifications.

Credits listed may change.