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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.