(Physical Science Stream)
Foundation Physics is predominantly a non-calculus based course providing a range of knowledge and skills required for further study in Science and Engineering.
At the successful completion of the Standard Physics course, students will be able to:
- Collect data and identify meaningful patterns within the data collected from scientific experiments.
- Apply the appropriate laws of Physics to a range of scenarios.
- Use objective reasoning and critical thinking skills to a range of scientific problems.
- Construct and use meaningful diagrams to aid effective problem solving.
Classical mechanics: motion, vectors, Newton’s laws, universal gravitation, momentum, work, energy, power, conservation laws, motion of rigid bodies, statics and rotational dynamics. Wave motion and Optics: nature of waves, sound, light, geometrical optics, image formation, optical instruments, interference and diffraction. Electricity and Magnetism: electrostatics, direct currents, Ohm’s law and electric circuits, magnetism, electromagnetic induction, electromagnetic waves.
Students should have achieved good results in intermediate to advanced high school mathematics before commencing Foundation Physics. As vector mathematics is a core skill that is further developed in this subject, prior knowledge of trigonometry is essential.