Senior Physics (Year 12 and Year 13)

Physics is the study of the world we live in and the many secrets it holds. From tiny particles like electrons in wires which drive our electrical systems to the large entities like black holes and stars, physics is devoted to removing the mystery and harnessing the knowledge of nature to better our lives and the environment.

At Cashmere High, we follow a program covering many basic principles of Physics such as the wave-particle duality of light, the wonders of magnetism and electricity generation, the motion of rigid bodies and even delve into the intricacies of the nuclear world. There is also a healthy appreciation of the many personalities and historical discoveries that have created and shaped the modern world.

A key skill taught is the ability to independently analyse and think-through solutions to complex situations and problems. Therefore, the Physics student is well equipped to move into tertiary study of Engineering (Environmental, Marine, Civil, Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, Mechatronics, Software etc). Further areas of study where the Physics student will find their skills invaluable include Medicine, Finance/Economics/Business, Computer Science, Architecture, Veterinary Medicine, Sports Medicine, Radiography, and any Science.

Additionally, students completing Physics at this level will find the skills learnt applicable to Trades areas such as Building, Plumbing, Electrical repair and servicing, Machining and Fabrication and the residential/commercial/industrial Electrician fields.

In this fast-changing world, students need to be ready to adapt and Physics provides a fantastic base from which to move forward in any direction.