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Group 4 - Sciences

IB Physics

Prerequisites

Students are advised to complete the Year 10 Physics course before undertaking IB Physics.

IB Mathematics – ​Standard or Higher Level, rather than IB Mathematical Studies is strongly recommended.

Course Description and Aims

Physics is the most fundamental of the experimental sciences as it seeks to explain the universe itself, from the very smallest particles to the vast distances between galaxies. Despite the exciting and extraordinary development of ideas throughout the history of physics, observations remain essential to the very core of the subject. Models are developed to try to understand observations, and these themselves can become theories that attempt to explain the observations.

Besides helping us better understand the natural world, physics gives us the ability to alter our environments. This raises the issue of the impact of physics on society, the moral and ethical dilemmas, and the social, economic and environmental implications of the work of physicists.

By studying physics, students should become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. While the scientific method may take on a wide variety of forms, it is the emphasis on a practical approach through experimental work that characterises the subject. Teachers provide students with opportunities to develop manipulative skills, design investigations, collect data, analyse results and evaluate and communicate their findings.

Through the overarching theme of the nature of science, the aims of the IB Physics course are to enable students to:

  • appreciate scientific study and creativity within a global context through stimulating and challenging opportunities;
  • acquire a body of knowledge, methods and techniques that characterise science and technology;
  • apply and use a body of knowledge, methods and techniques that characterise science and technology;
  • develop an ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesise scientific information;
  • develop a critical awareness of the need for, and the value of, effective collaboration and communication during scientific activities;
  • develop experimental and investigative scientific skills including the use of current technologies;
  • develop and apply 21st century communication skills in the stud of science;
  • become critically aware, as global citizens, of the ethical implications of using science and technology;
  • develop an appreciation of the possibilities and limitations of science and technology;
  • develop an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and their influence on other areas of knowledge.

Curriculum Model Overview

Component Standard Level Higher Level
Core
  • Measurements and uncertainties
  • Mechanics
  • Thermal physics
  • Waves
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Circular motion and gravitation
  • Atomic, nuclear and particle physics
  • Energy production
Additional higher level
  • Wave phenomena
  • Fields
  • Electromagnetic induction
  • Quantum and nuclear physics
 
Option
Choice of 1 out of 4 (both SL and HL):
  • Relativity
  • Engineering physics
  • Imaging
  • Astrophysics
Practical scheme of work.
Prescribed and other practical activities.
Individual investigation (internally assessed).
Group 4 project.

Assessment at a Glance — Standard Level

Type of Assessment Format of Assessment Time
(hours)
Weighting
Final Grade (%)
External   3 80
Paper 1  30 multiple-choice questions. 0.75 20
Paper 2 Short answer and extended response questions (Core). 1.25 40
Paper 3 Data- and practical-based questions, plus short answer and extended response questions on the option. 1 20
Internal   10 20
Individual investigation Investigation and write-up of 6 to 12 pages. 10 20

Assessment at a Glance — Higher Level

Type of Assessment Format of Assessment Time
(hours)
Weighting
Final Grade (%)
External   4.5 80
Paper 1  40 multiple-choice questions. 1 20
Paper 2 Short answer and extended response questions (Core and AHL). 2.25 36
Paper 3 Data- and practical-based questions, plus short answer and extended response questions on the option. 1.25 24
Internal   10 20
Individual investigation Investigation and write-up of 6 to 12 pages. 10 20