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VCE Science

Physics Unit 2: What Do Experiments Reveal About the Physical World?

Prerequisites

Students are advised to complete Physics Unit 1 before undertaking Physics Unit 2.
Mathematical Methods is strongly recommended.

Course Description

In the core component of this unit students investigate the ways in which forces are involved both in moving objects and in keeping objects stationary. One of twelve options is studied and a student-designed practical investigation is undertaken.

Areas of Study

How Can Motion Be Described and Explained?

In this area of study students observe motion and explore the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on motion. They analyse motion using concepts of energy, including energy transfers and transformations, and apply mathematical models during experimental investigations of motion. Students model how the mass of finite objects can be considered to be at a point called the centre of mass. They describe and analyse graphically, numerically and algebraically the motion of an object, using specific physics terminology and conventions.

Options

One of twelve options related to astrobiology, astrophysics, bioelectricity, biomechanics, electronics, flight, medical physics, nuclear energy, nuclear physics, optics, sound, and sports science will be chosen as Area of Study 2.

Practical Investigation

A student-designed practical investigation relating to content drawn from Area of Study 1 and/or Area of Study 2 will be undertaken in Area of Study 3.

The investigation requires the student to develop a question, plan a course of action that attempts to answer the question, undertake an investigation to collect the appropriate primary qualitative and/or quantitative data, organise and interpret the data, and reach a conclusion in response to the question.

Assessment

Outcomes Assessment Tasks
(school-assessed coursework)
Investigate, analyse and mathematically model the motion of particles and bodies.

Tasks are selected by the teacher from the following:

  • An annotated folio of practical activities.
  • Data analysis.
  • Design, building, testing and evaluation of a device.
  • An explanation of the operation of a device.
  • A proposed solution to a scientific or technological problem.
  • A report of a selected physics phenomenon.
  • A modelling activity.
  • A media response.
  • A summary report of selected practical investigations.
  • A reflective learning journal/blog related to selected activities or in response to an issue.
  • A test comprising multiple choice and/or short answer and/or extended response.
Assessment depends on chosen option.

Design and undertake an investigation of a physics question related to the scientific inquiry processes of data collection and analysis, and draw conclusions based on evidence from collected data.

A report of a practical investigation (student-designed or adapted) using an appropriate format, for example a scientific poster, practical report, oral communication or digital presentation.

Overall Final Assessment

End of Semester Examination – 1.5 hours.

Information can be obtained from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, Victoria, Australia: www.vcaa.vic.edu.au