Level 3 Physics

Course Overview

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Welcome back to Physics!

Studying Physics is studying the universe around us and figuring out how it works. More specifically, it is the study of the nature and properties of matter and energy. As this is a wide and ambitious goal, Physics traditionally separates in several subfields: Mechanics and motion, Electricity, Magnetism, Light, Optics, Waves, Sound, Heat, Nuclear physics, General Relativity, Quantum Mechanics... As well as studying these fields, we also keep a critical mind and always wonder: “How do we know what we know?”

Physics is a demanding subject and requires a high level of commitment. It is critical that the students have a responsible approach to their learning, working on extra homework to consolidate the content covered in class. Falling behind for a couple of classes almost always results in poor performance in the exams. The class is going forward at a fast pace and different students will need different amounts of reading and exercising to feel confident.

This booklet contains an outline of the NCEA Level 3 Physics class on offer at Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery along with details of assessment opportunities and attendance requirements.

Students entering this NCEA level 3 course MUST have taken the NCEA level 2 Physics AND Mathematics courses and attempted the external exams.

Physics is a university approved subject, thus leading to university entrance together with two other approved subjects and literacy credits. 18 credits are needed (sometimes only 14 is enough) in Physics at level 3 for students to be eligible for all branches of engineering, construction, aviation, veterinary, exercise and sport science, nanoscience and naturally continuing the study of Physics and Astronomy at University. It also helps for varied programmes such as nursing, speech and language therapy, food technology...

See last page of this booklet for a list of standards available during the year in this class. The Physics course will be structured on a term basis. Each term will focus on different topics.


Assessment Dates
At the beginning of each block you will be advised of the dates for each assessment. The content assessed externally will include a practice test to be done in class. The optional internal assessments will be due in term 3.

Further Assessment Opportunities
Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery school policy, following national guidelines, is to allow one reassessment opportunity for internally assessed standards where feasible for students who failed to gain credit or higher at the first attempt. Students will also need to demonstrate that they have made progress in their learning since the first assessment to make the second opportunity worthwhile. Students should read this course outline carefully to make sure that they fully understand reassessment as it applies to this subject.

If a resubmission on any internally assessed standard is required by the Learning Advisor, the student will be instructed to attend a verbal and/or written resubmission class. Here they will be given the opportunity to provide verbal or written corrections and/or validation of their work. In the case of reassessments, students will be given a maximum of five weeks following the final due date, to hand in work for reassessment.

Assessment work completed must be your own work. For each assessment submitted, you will be asked to sign a statutory declaration confirming that the work is your own. Where evidence indicates work presented is not your own, the school policy on “Breaches of the Rules” will be followed.

Retention of Student Work
Student internal assessment material will be retained by the department until it is no longer required for moderation purposes.

Appeals of grades awarded are to be made within two weeks of the return of the assessed work. Where a grade is appealed, school policy will be followed.

Late work
Student work is due on the date set at the time of the assessment activity. Late work will not be accepted unless an extension has been arranged with the LA before the due date.

Non submission of work / No assessment taken place
No grade will be awarded when no assessment has taken place for whatever reason.

Verification of Grades
Students will be required to verify grades awarded by signing the results slip attached to each piece of internally assessed work.

Questions, concerns, other matters
Please direct questions to florian.maisonneuve@aotawhiti.school.nz


The following NCEA Standards are available through Level 3 Physics:

AS 91524 (Term 1) 6 Credits (External)
Level 3 Physics 3.4
Demonstrate understanding of mechanical systems

AS 91525 (Term 2.1) 3 Credits (Internal)
Level 3 Physics 3.5
Demonstrate understanding of modern physics

AS 91523 (Term 2.2) 4 Credits (External)
Level 3 Physics 3.3
Demonstrate understanding of wave systems

AS 91526 (Term 3) 6 Credits (External)
Level 3 Physics 3.6
Demonstrate understanding of electrical systems

The following two internals are to be done at home, with minimal support in-class. They are extra options for motivated students who would like to expand their learning or simply pick up extra credits.

AS 91522 (Term 1.2) 3 Credits (Internal)
Level 3 Physics 3.2
Demonstrate understanding of the application of physics to a selected context

AS 91527 (Term 1.2) 3 Credits (Internal) - Counts towards UE Literacy (reading)
Level 3 Physics 3.7
Use physics knowledge to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue

Total: 25 credits

Courses offered per block.

TitleLA CodeBlockYear
Gravity: Don't Let it Get you Down and Modern PhysicsGREO22021
Musical Waveyness and Faults of FukushimaGREO32021
Mechanical MadnessGREO12021