Applied Physics 2

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr N. Burling


If you did not take a pathway course at Level 1, or achieved fewer than 8 credits externally in that course, you will need HOD approval.

A sound level of algebra/maths is required for this course.

This course is designed for those that require a higher proportion of internal credits without compromising the ability to take Level 3 Physics.  It is suitable for those that require Physics in a trade situation (e.g. electrician) or for leading towards degree that requires Physics but where Physics is not a major focus (e.g. Veterinary science)

Accelerate students and those looking towards a degree with a major Physics component (e.g. Engineering) or those considering sitting the Scholarship Physics exam in level 3, should choose to take PHY2.

Physics is the study of the relationship between matter and energy.

  • Mechanics
  • Electricity and Electromagnetism
  • Atomic and nuclear physics
  • Practical investigations
  • Application of Physics to a selected context

Course Overview

Term 1
Demonstrate understanding of mechanical systems.
AS 91523 Phy 2.4 (6 Credits External)

Covering - Motion under constant acceleration, Projectile motion, Circular motion, , Forces, Torque, Equilibrium, Energy & Momentum.

Term 2
Demonstrate an understanding of wave systems.
AS 91169 Phy 2.2 (3 Credits Internal)

Carry out a practical investigation to test a physics theory relating two variables in a non-linear relationship. AS 91168 Phy 2.1 (4 Credits Internal)

Term 3
Demonstrate understanding of electricity systems.
AS 91526 Phy 2.6 (6 Credits External)

Covering - Electric fields, Electrostatic forces, Series and Parallel circuits, Voltage, Current, Resistance, Power, Magnetic fields, Magnetic forces, Motors, Induction, Generators.

Demonstrate understanding of Atomic & Nuclear physics.
AS 91172 Phy 2.5 (3 Cr Int)
Atomic structure, Radioactivity, Radioactive decay, Fission, Fusion

Term 4
Demonstrate understanding of Atomic & Nuclear physics (continued).
AS 91172 Phy 2.5 (3 Cr Int)


Learning Areas:



Physics - Level 3, Science 3 (Internally Assessed)