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Physics - Box Hill Senior Secondary School


Physics is about understanding the physical nature of our Universe from the minute building blocks to the enormously broad expanses of the Universe itself. It is based on observations, experiments, measurements and mathematical analysis.

Knowledge of Physics is fundamental in Engineering, Sustainable Energy, Nuclear Medicine, Optics and Flight. 

The subject requires the ability to write short answers using clear scientific language and a minimum of general maths. 

Physics Units 1 and 2 has two internal exams, one at mid-year and one at the end of the year.

Physics Unit 3 and 4 has one external exam at the end of the year.

Major Topics in Unit 1 and 2:

  • Thermodynamic principles including concepts of temperature, energy, work and climate science.
  • Electricity – resistance, circuits, diodes, transducers and more.
  • Forces, Energy and Motion.
  • The nature of subatomic particles and how energy can be produced by atoms.
  • Investigation into Motion.

There is a Scienceworks excursion to the planetarium and lightening room in Unit 1

Major Topics in Unit 3 and 4 (this is the new curriculum starting in 2017):

  • Gravitational, magnetic and electric fields.
  • Electricity generation.
  • Relative, circular and projectile motion.
  • Wave and particle theories to model light and matter.
  • Student designed investigation related to waves, fields or motion presented as a poster.

Pre-requisite subjects: none for Unit 1 and 2.

It is highly recommended that students have completed Unit 1 and 2 before undertaking Unit 3 and 4.  Students should be taking at least general maths, although Math Methods is recommended.

Students undertaking Unit 3 without Unit 1 or 2 may be required to undertake additional work as prescribed by the teacher. There is assumed knowledge from Unit 1 and 2 that provides a significant advantage when undertaking Unit 3 and 4.

There is a fee for the excursion.

For further information, click on the Study Summary link that will take you directly to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) website.

Science in Action photo gallery-click here