This unit focuses on Physics as a human endeavour. Observations and ideas about the physical world related to aspects of energy are organised and explained through the use of conceptual models. The detailed studies provide opportunities to explore the application of energy concepts and models in nuclear energy, sustainable energy sources, flight, space and medical contexts.
Students undertake regular experimental work in the laboratory starting with simple observations and measurements. A quantitative investigation involving the collection and analysis of sufficient data points for at least one independent variable will be undertaken. The investigation should be at least partly student designed.
The use of simple mathematical modelling, including calculations, is introduced to organise first-hand and second-hand data in order to make predictions and link concepts. Students begin to solve qualitative and quantitative problems in familiar contexts. Computer and/or graphics calculator programs are used to collect and analyse first-hand and second-hand data and to present investigation findings.
Unit 1 consists of two prescribed areas of study: Nuclear physics and radioactivity; and Electricity; and a detailed study: Energy from the nucleus.
In this unit, students make and test predictions, identify discrete and continuous variables, select relevant independent variables and recognise controlled variables. They apply a given method for a simple investigation to control variables and collect relevant data. Students record raw qualitative and quantitative data and present processed data, including correct use of units, symbols and formulas, appropriately. They use suitable materials, apparatus and measurement procedures to ensure reliability in the data. When drawing relevant conclusions from their investigations, students recognise sources of uncertainty and error. When completing independent and collaborative investigations, they identify alternative interpretations of data and results. They use appropriate sources to identify and assess risks to themselves, other living things and the environment of Physics related principles and procedures, and they use this knowledge to apply safe, ethical and responsible practices.
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