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How to study physics: a quick guide

  • Revise your work regularly. Go over the work you did at school each night, and try to complete at least some of the work assigned.
  • What’s most important is to try and listen during class. Even though your teacher may be unbearably boring, he or she is speaking words of wisdom. The diagrams and overheads that your teacher may show you are often easier to understand than reading your textbook at 2 am the night before your assessment.
  • Ask someone if you don’t understand something.
  • Physics is a discipline where knowledge builds up over time — basic facts may be needed to be grasped before understanding the more difficult material, hence the need to keep up to date.
  • Practice answering questions that involve the verbs commonly seen in your exam papers.
  • Don’t spend too much time on each question. The number of lines in the exam are often indicative of how much you need to write, but remember that as long as you satisfy the marking guidelines, you can score full marks regardless of how much you write. You won’t get extra marks just because you wrote more than everyone else.

Year 12 Resources

Resource Type
Fort Street 2002 Physics Trial (Section I: Part B)
Includes questions and answers for the compulsory written section of the examination.
Space Topic Notes
Covers the entire Space (Core Topic 9.2) syllabus. Provides sample responses and notes to each bullet point.
Physics Portfolio Assignment on Quanta to Quarks
Shows my portfolio assessment task, which discusses the uses of isotopes of iodine on thyroid diseases.
Motors and Generators Verbs Practice
Outlines strategies for analysing verbs used in exam papers, and provides sample answers to questions taken from the syllabus.
Tsiolkovsky (Space scientist)
Discusses Tsiolkovsky’s background and contribution to the development of modern space flight.

Year 11 Resources

Resource Type
Preliminary Physics Formulas
Provides a complete table of formulas used in the Preliminary Course, together with some important notes.
Investigation on Ellipses
Provides a complete investigation into the shape of ellipses, which are the shapes of the orbits of the planets.
Investigation on Refraction
Describes an investigation to determine the refractive index of Perspex and to observe the effect of a lens on a family of parallel light rays.
Investigation on Slinky Springs
Describes a series of experiments to determine the properties of waves travelling through slinky springs.
Investigation on Reflection and Absorption of Sound
Provides a thorough investigation involving different types of materials and surfaces.
Investigation on Addition of Vectors
Discusses an experiment to demonstrate the addition of force vectors using meters held at an angle.
Car Safety Devices
Describes various safety devices in terms of momentum and inertia and provides and assessment of safety.
Household Circuits
Discusses the different types of circuits typically found in a house and their properties.