SACE Credits: 20

Teacher: Peter Geelen

In Stage 2 Physics we study and explore the processes which determine the behaviour of systems – from the very small (atoms) to the very large (satellite orbits). There are three topics covered in Stage 2 Physics; Motions and Relativity, Electricity and Magnetism, Light and Atoms. You will develop the skills and abilities to enable you to explain principles of Physics. These include improving your inquiry skills, learning to discern between genuine and biased scientific articles (with a focus on human endeavours), interpreting data and drawing relevant conclusions in practical investigations. You will also study the advantages and disadvantages of using technology to investigate principles in Physics. For example we study the theory of using microwaves, and investigate the possible side effects caused by use of mobile phones.


It is recommended that students should have successfully completed two semesters of Stage 1 Physics prior to this subject. Knowledge of Stage 1 General Mathematics is also an advantage.



School Assessment (70%)

  • Assessment Type 1: Investigations Folio (30%)
  • Assessment Type 2: Skills and Applications Tasks (40%)


External Assessment (30%)

  • Assessment Type 3: Examination (30%)


Physics is a prerequisite into some university or TAFE courses and is assumed knowledge in many others. It can open opportunities for further study and a career in a diverse number of fields such as electrical trades, Engineering, Architecture, Applied Sciences, Medicine and Physiotherapy.