Hutt Valley High School Hutt Valley High School

Level 3 Physics

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr C. Riley.

Recommended Prior Learning

Reasonable success in Level 2 Physics (gaining an Achieved grade at Level 2 in both mechanics and electricity is really a must to gain success at Level 3 with waves highly recommended) or by negotiation with the HOD.

Having good mathematical skills, particularly algebra, is also recommended particularly if you intend to attempt scholarship.

In Year 13 Physics we cover the following concepts:

Practical skills and the use of error values in experiments. This is done as an optional part of the course.
• Momentum and Centre of Mass
• Circular Motion and Forces
• Rotational Motion
• Simple Harmonic Motion
• Waves Systems and Interference
• Standing Waves
• Doppler Effect
Modern Physics:
• The Photoelectric Effect
• The Bohr Model of the Atom
• Fission, Fusion and Binding Energy
• DC circuits
• Capacitors
• Electromagnetic Induction
• AC circuits

This course is an important building block for anyone who is considering studying Engineering (all types) at tertiary level, Physics and Health Sciences at university. It also contains important theory and mathematical skills that are needed for completing registration as an electrician.

Learning Areas:


Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

A study guide text is provided but optional workbooks can be purchased.