Physics - Level 3

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr N. Burling


If you did not take a pathway course at Level 2, or achieved fewer than 12 credits externally in that course, you will need HOD approval.

A good level of Maths is recommended for this course.

Physics is the study of the relationship between matter and energy.
• Practical investigations
• Applications of Physics
• Light and waves
• Translation, rotation and simple harmonic motion
• Atoms, protons and nuclei
• Electricity and electro-magnetism

Course Overview

Term 1
Demonstrate understanding of mechanical systems.
AS 91523 Phy 3.4 (6 Credits External)

Centre of mass, vertical circular motion, banked corners, conical pendulums, rotational motion with constant angular acceleration, angular momentum, rotational inertia, rotational energy, simple harmonic motion.

Term 2
Demonstrate an understanding of wave systems.
AS 91523 Phy 3.3 (4 Credits)

Standing waves, Beats, Doppler effect, two point source interference, diffraction gratings.

Carry out a practical investigation to test a physics theory relating two variables in a non-linear relationship.

AS 91521 Phy 3.1 (4 Credits Internal)

Term 3
Demonstrate understanding of electricity systems.
AS 91526 Phy 3.6 (6 Credits External)

Demonstrate understanding of Modern physics.
AS 91525 Phy 3.5 (3 Credits Internal)

Term 4

Learning Areas:



Physics - University and NZ Schol.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$25 (approximately)