Level 2 Physics Student Course Information 2015

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Level 2 Physics 2015
Welcome to Level 2 Physics for 2015 and well done for making the choice to complete this course. You are
also to be congratulated on the recommendation from your year 11 Science teacher based on your
performance, both academic and attitudinal, in year 11 Science. Your teacher for this year is Mr Moulin. I
look forward to working with you this year.
Introduction
Physics is a full year course consisting of four topics that progresses you towards gaining twenty three (23)
Level Two NCEA credits. You are expected to attend class on a regular basis and complete all of the course
and the associated assessment tasks.
The Linwood College Science Learning Area website is an online learning environment that you will be
expected to visit to complete quizzes, contribute to forums, access resources and important notices. Save
this link on your home computer: http://tinyurl.com/LCSciencePage
In this course two of the standards are assessed internally (7 credits), the three remaining standards are
externally assessed (16 credits). You will need to gain __ credits at Level 2 to be eligible for entry into a
Level 3 Physics course.
Topics and Assessment (in order covered)
Topic
Achievement
Standard No.
Description
Practical
Investigation
91168v2 (Phys
2.1)
Internal
Carry out a practical physics
investigation that leads to a
non-linear mathematical
relationship
Y
Demonstrate understanding of
mechanics
Y
Demonstrate understanding of
atomic and nuclear physics
Mechanics
Nuclear
Optics and
Waves
Electricity and
magnetism
91171v2
(Phys2.4)
External
91172v2
(Phys2.5)
Internal
91170v2
(Phys2.3)
External
91173v2
(Phys2.6)
External
Lit
Num
Credits
Assessment
Date
4
Physics portfolio
throughout
year.
6
Term 2 Week 2
(Summative)
Y
3
Term 2 Week 11
(Formative)
Demonstrate an understanding
of waves
Y
4
Term 3 Week 7
(Summative)
Demonstrate understanding of
electricity and
electromagnetism
Y
6
Term 4 Week 5
(Summative)
Y
Y
There will be reassessment opportunities for the first internal assessment. This will be done during ‘Science
Study’ time. Therefore it is important that you follow instructions very carefully, complete formative work
and take on board any feedback from your teacher. The re-assessment must be started and completed in a
timely manner following the teaching of the topic.
For internal assessments, it is important that you are not given an unfair advantage over others by being
allowed to hand work in late or by submitting work which is not your own. NZQA Guidelines apply for all
assessments. It is important that you have a clear understanding of these. Refer to your ‘Student
Handbook’ and if you are unsure if any aspect talk with your teacher prior to completing any assessment.
There is only one assessment opportunity for external Achievement Standards. These are in late November
and will be examined by NZQA in an external examination. There will be practice assessment opportunities
for these external standards during the year in the form of quizzes, end of topic tests and school
examinations. Quizzes, end of topic tests and homework will also be used to report progress to your
caregivers.
Homework:
Homework will be a combination of tasks set from the AME Level 2 Physics workbook and other relevant
exercises assigned by your teacher. It is important that you complete these as they form an integral part of
your Physics course. You should also spend time each week reviewing your work so that you are
adequately prepared for tests. Tests and school examinations are important opportunities to clarify your
understanding of concepts as well as practise writing clear, accurate, detailed responses.
If at any stage you feel you are having difficulty coping with your work, please see your
teacher.
Stationery Requirements:
To ensure that you can access all your course work during the year, particularly for the external standards, all your
notes and exercises are to be completed in a 1B8 Hardcover exercise book. It is essential that work for internal
standards is organised following the guidelines provided by your teacher. You will be provided with folders to store
all assessment materials. This body of work will be referred to as a physics ‘portfolio’ and will be used for
authenticity purposes.
You will be issued with a write on workbook ‘AME Level 2 Physics’ at a cost of $20. You will need to bring this
workbook to class each day and it will be used at home for homework. Please take good care of it as it is a valuable
resource used throughout the year and for the final NCEA exams.
Student Obligations:

Ensure you have a clear understanding of the Level 2 Physics assessment programme and policy.

Standard laboratory safety procedures MUST be followed at all times.

Ensure you understand the requirements of each assessment being completed

Check thoroughly the accuracy of the assessment by your teacher when work is returned.

Discuss problems/concerns with your teacher (Mr Moulin) /HOLA Science (Ms Mora)
Have an enjoyable year.
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