This subject requires the interpretation of physical phenomena through a study of motion in two dimensions, electricity and magnetism, light and matter, and atoms and nuclei.

About the subject

Students apply knowledge to solve problems, develop experimental and investigation design skills, and communicate through practical and other learning activities. They gather evidence from experiments, and research and acquire new knowledge through their own investigations.

Course content

Stage 2 Physics is organised into four sections. Each section is divided into four topics. Each topic includes an application.

Motion in Two DimensionsProjectile Motion
Uniform Circular Motion
Gravitation and Satellites
Momentum in Two Dimensions
Electricity and MagnetismElectric Fields
The Motion of Charged Particles in Electric Fields
Magnetic Fields
The Motion of Charged Particles in Magnetic Fields
Light and MatterElectromagnetic Waves
The Interference of Light
Wave Behaviour of Particles
Atoms and NucleiThe Structure of the Atom
The Structure of the Nucleus
Nuclear Fission and Fusion


Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

School-based AssessmentWeighting
Investigations Folio40%
Skills and Applications Tasks30%
External Assessment 

Information on the External Assessment

Students undertake a 3-hour written examination consisting of questions of different types, such as short-answer, paragraph answer, mathematical calculations, data and practical skills, extended response, and graphical interpretation. Questions will cover all topics, including the applications and experimental skills, and some may require students to integrate their knowledge from a number of topics.

An equation sheet will be included in the examination question booklet.

The examination will be graded by external assessors with reference to performance standards.

Performance Standards

The Physics Subject Outline includes performance standards, which describe five levels of achievement that are reported with the grades A to E at the student’s completion of the subject.

The school-based assessments and the external assessment will be graded with reference to the performance standards.

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