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 part of this unit investigates the topics of motion, forces and energy through experimentation, problem-solving, research and practical activities. Students investigate ways of measuring and describing motion and examine energy in a closed system. The second part of this unit involves performing a series of experimental investigations into the measurement of time and energy transfer.
- How do things move?
- How can we measure time without modern technology?
- How do solar panels work?
- What are the factors that affect how quickly liquids cool?
Areas of Study
Objects in Motion
What are the characteristics of movement?
How do force and mass affect movement?
What happens in collisions?
Experimental Investigations in Physics
- How did early man measure time?
- How is energy transferred?
||Gather data including measurements of distance, time, speed, acceleration, force and energy in order to describe motion in a detailed and accurate manner.
Design, perform and report on experimental investigations into a range of areas.
||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.