Physics: Motion and Energy
Semester Elective Unit
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Forces and energy drive the universe. The appropriate use of forces and energy allow us to manipulate our environment in a way that allows society to progress and prosper. The first two topics of this unit investigates the topics of motion, forces, energy and momentum through theory, experimentation, problem-solving, research and practical activities. Students investigate ways of measuring and describing motion and examine energy and momentum in a closed system. The final part of this unit involves the understanding of graphical analysis, and how it can assist in the formation of understanding between two or more variables; students will investigate series of experimental investigations.
- What is motion?
- What is energy?
- What is graphical analysis?
Areas of Study
Motion and Forces
- Understand measurement, vectors and scalars.
- Analyse data related to the motion of a pendulum.
- Demonstrate an understanding of Newtons laws.
- Describe relationships between forces and motion.
Energy and Momentum
- Describe different types of energy and compare energy transformations.
- Demonstrate an understanding of momentum and impulse, and how it is applied in simple collisions.
- Have an understanding about the requirements of a scientific report.
- Be able to develop a relationship between dependant and independent variables from experimental data collected.
Experimental Investigations in Physics
- Velocity and acceleration of falling objects.
- Kinetic energy and Speed.
- Efficiency of bouncing balls.
- Energy in Springs.
||Gather data including measurements of distance, time, speed, force and energy in order to describe motion in a detailed and accurate manner.
Design, perform and report on an experimental investigation into a range of areas related to the topics covered.
||Research car safety features and their role in protecting drivers and passengers in vehicles.
||Two tests comprising a balance of multiple choice and short answer questions.
||Comprising a balance of multiple choice and short answer questions, covering the three areas of investigation