7 Physics

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Before doing this course you should probably have done Level 1 Mechanics, otherwise you'd probably want to talk to me, and check your rationale and skills. It would help to have a scientific or graphics calculator, a clear file, something to write on and something to write with. A ruler and protractor can be handy too.

Anything more you want to know at present can be found on my website:

In this course you'll begin to learn how to think about stuff. I know you think you've been doing that all your life, but you probably think when you go around a roundabout in a car you get pushed towards the outside of the roundabout. Well you don't. Your body attempts to go in a straight line until the car accelerates it inwards, and around the roundabout.

The thing about Physics is that not only do you probably not yet know much about it, you 'know' things that are wrong, and it's my job to teach you how to think about it right by showing you what you 'know' is wrong.

We'll start by learning about nuclear physics - because it's easy. If you can count balls (protons and neutrons), you can do nuclear physics. This is a 3 credit internal normally done by a test, because that's the easiest way to do it.
91172 Demonstrate understanding of atomic and nuclear physics - 3 credit internal - Literacy

Then we'll get into the crux of the issue. Mechanics is what really teaches you how to think about how the world works. You'll learn about projectile motion, forces, work and energy including springs, torques and momenta and impulse. This is a six credit external.
91171 Demonstrate understanding of mechanics - 6 credit external - Literacy and Numeracy

We'll follow this up with an internal on the Physics of flight:
This is a report in which you describe lift and explain how airplanes fly, climb and turn, and their forces with their components.
91169 Demonstrate understanding of physics relevant to a selected context - 3 credit internal - Literacy

Finally we'll learn some electricity basics. Ohm's law and circuits, Electric fields due to charges, motors and generators and magnetic fields
91173 Demonstrate understanding of electricity and electromagnetism - 6 credit external - Literacy and Numeracy

Total Credits - 18 credits

Courses offered per block.

TitleLA CodeBlockYear
Elect to do ElectricityGREO32022
Mile high mechanicsGREO22022
Atomic and Nuclear Energy (and some history!). And Maniacal MechanicsGREO12022