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Preliminary Physics

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23 Lessons

Introductin to Preliminary Physics


Planning Investigations of Preliminary Physics


This involves increasing students’ skills in planning and organising activities, effectively using time and resources, selecting appropriate techniques, materials, specimens and equipment to complete activities, establishing priorities between tasks and identifying ways of reducing risks when using laboratory and field equipment.

Conducting Investigations


This involves increasing students’ skills in locating and gathering information for a planned investigation. It includes increasing students’ skills in performing first-hand investigations, gathering first-hand data and accessing and collecting information relevant to physics from secondary sources using a variety of technologies.

Communicating Information and Understanding


This involves increasing students’ skills in processing and presenting information. It includes increasing students’ skills in speaking, writing and using nonverbal communication, such as diagrams, graphs and symbols to convey physical information and understandings. Throughout the course, students become increasingly efficient and competent in the use of both technical terminology and the form and style required for written and oral communication in preliminary physics.

Developing Scientific Thinking and Problem-Solving Techniques


This involves further increasing students’ skills in clarifying issues and problems relevant to preliminary physics, framing a possible problem-solving process, developing creative solutions, anticipating issues that may arise, devising appropriate strategies to deal with those issues and working through the issues in a logical and coherent way.

Working Individually and in Teams


This involves further increasing students’ skills in identifying a collective goal, defining and allocating roles and assuming an increasing variety of roles in working as an effective member of a team within the agreed time frame to achieve the goal. Throughout the course, students will be provided with further opportunities to improve their ability to communicate and relate effectively with each other in a team.

Values and Attitudes of Preliminary Physics


Values


By reflecting about past, present and future involvement of physics with society, students are encouraged to develop positive values and informed critical attitudes. These include a responsible regard for both the living and non-living components of the environment, ethical behaviour, a desire for critical evaluation of the consequences of the applications of preliminary physics and recognising their responsibility to conserve, protect and maintain the quality of all environments for future generations.

Attitudes


Students are encouraged to develop attitudes on which scientific investigations depend such as curiosity, honesty, flexibility, persistence, critical thinking, willingness to suspend judgement, tolerance of uncertainty and an acceptance of the provisional status of scientific knowledge. Students need to balance these with commitment, tenacity, a willingness to take risks, make informed judgements and at times, inflexibility. As well as knowing something about physics, students also need to value and appreciate physics if they are to become scientifically literate persons.

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Course Materials

The World Communicates - Waves Introduction

The World Communicates > Sound Waves

The World Communicates > Electromagnetic Waves

The World Communicates > Reflection and Refraction of Electromagnetic Waves

The World Communicates > Modern Electromagnetic Wave Technology

The World Communicates > Exam Preparation Papers

Electrical Energy in the Home > Electricity in Society (Free)

Electrical Energy in the Home > Current Electricity

Electrical Energy in the Home > Series and Parallel Circuits

Electrical Energy in the Home > Power in Electrical Circuits

Electrical Energy in the Home > Magnetic Fields

Electrical Energy in the Home > Exam Preparation Papers

Moving About > Describing Motion

Moving About > Force and Acceleration

Moving About > Work and Energy

Moving About > Impulse and Momentum

Moving About > Safety Devices

Moving About > Exam Preparation Papers

Cosmic Engine > Models of the Universe

Cosmic Engine > The Birth of the Universe

Cosmic Engine > Stars

Cosmic Engine > Energy Emission from the Sun

Cosmic Engine > Exam Preparation Papers