NCEA Level 2 Physics

12PHY
Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs C. Mackintosh


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.

A student will be withdrawn from a standard if the teacher is not confident that the achievement of the standard is within the reach of the student or there is no evidence of the student attempting the assessment.


Course Overview

Term 1
91172 - Demonstrate understanding of atomic and nuclear physics

This is an internal assessment.

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.

Pathway

NCEA Level 3 Physics

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 SCIPAD workbook 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 12MAE or 12MAS and either 12EN1 or 12EN2.
Students may be required to complete a science department algebra, trigonometry and Pythagoras theorem assessment to a satisfactory level.


Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Assessment
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91168 v2 Physics 2.1 - Carry out a practical physics investigation that leads to a non-linear mathematical relationship
Assessments:
Term: null, Week: null
2
I
4
Y
Y
A.S. 91169 v2 Physics 2.2 - Demonstrate understanding of physics relevant to a selected context
Assessments:
Term: , Week:
2
I
3
Y
A.S. 91170 v2 Physics 2.3 - Demonstrate understanding of waves
Assessments:
Term: , Week:
2
E
4
Y
Y
A.S. 91171 v2 Physics 2.4 - Demonstrate understanding of mechanics
Assessments:
Term: , Week:
2
E
6
Y
Y
A.S. 91172 v2 Physics 2.5 - Demonstrate understanding of atomic and nuclear physics
Assessments:
Term: null, Week: null
2
I
3
Y
Total Credits

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

Pathway Tags

Physics: Engineer, Pilot, Medicine, Physicist, Meteorology, Geophysics, Astronomy, Medical Radiation Technician, Architect


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Credits listed may change.