Year 10 Foundation Physics

Physics is about the nature of things such as motion, forces, energy, matter and the insides of atoms. Physics explains why the sky is blue and apples fall to the ground, why your hair stands on end or you get an electric shock when you pull a woollen jumper over your head. It explains why you can touch a baking tray without burning your fingers soon after it has come out of the oven even though the biscuits are too hot to touch. It explains why nuclear bombs are so powerful and life destroying, yet nuclear medicine can be life saving.

In this study, a range of physics concepts will be investigated, and the topics include:

  • Everyday motion – why and how do objects move?
  • Electromagnetism – how do magnets and electricity connect?
  • Light radiation – how are rainbows formed, how do coloured stage lights and pinhole cameras work, and how can you make a telescope?
  • Miniscule to mega scale – what makes up the universe?

Students will undertake a variety of learning activities, real and virtual, to investigate some of the laws of physics, involving motion, electromagnetism and light radiation. They will undertake various inquiry tasks with modelling components such as mousetrap cars, building a DC motor and a telescope.

Physics can explain the smallest parts of an atom up to the immense magnitudes of the universe. Students will take a discover tour of the universe by exploring ideas about celestial objects such as stars and galaxies, and use their telescope to view distant objects.

This course is strongly recommended for all students considering VCE Physics, a vital science for entry into a range of careers and university courses including biomedicine, radiography and nuclear medicine, engineering, photonics and aeronautics.