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.


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.

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 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.


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
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: , Week:
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.