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Year 11: Physics


Activity 1: Summarising information about a current development in physics

Grade Student work samples
Grade A Rai
Grade B Frances
Grade C Jerry   Imari
Grade D Kendall
Grade E Minh

Description of activity

For the communication modality that you have selected use the data/information gathered from secondary sources to:

  • draw a diagram to clearly show the energy transformations occurring in the communication modality
  • describe how electromagnetic waves are used in its operation
  • identify some possible direction of future research into the communication modality.

Context

Students are studying Module 8.2 The World Communicates of the Preliminary Physics course to select a current area of research in one application. Class time has been provided for students to gather and process information from secondary sources about the underlying physical principles used in the one application related to electromagnetic waves. This assessment for learning activity is undertaken part way through their secondary sources research project. The assessment information from the activity is used by the teacher for feedback to the student on their understanding of how recent technological developments have allowed greater use of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Area(s) of learning

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • current issues, research and developments in physics
  • waves

Skills in:

  • communicating information and understanding
  • developing scientific thinking and problem-solving

Outcomes

A student:

  • P5 describes the scientific principles employed in particular areas of research in physics
  • P8 explains wave motions in terms of energy sources and oscillations produced
  • P13 identifies appropriate terminology and reporting styles to communicate information and understanding in physics
  • P14 draws valid conclusions from gathered data and information

Criteria for assessing learning

(These criteria would normally be communicated to students with the activity.)

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • select and draw an appropriate representation to clearly present information
  • synthesise data/information to develop plausible explanations
  • present information clearly and logically, correctly using scientific concepts/ideas.

Activity 2: Analysing models of the universe

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Year 11 Physics: Analysing models of the universe (PDF, 111 KB)

Grade Student work samples
Grade A Lee
Grade B Lindsay Gina
Grade C Dale   Jaylen
Grade D Nami Savita
Grade E Frances Jordan

Description of activity

You have worked individually and/or as part of a team to extract data/information from a range of sources about the historical development of models of the universe.
The collated data/information from your investigations will be used in this open book assessment activity to:

  • construct a timeline to show the historical development of models of the universe from the time of Aristotle to the time of Newton
  • present in a 300-word summary of how advances in technology have provided new evidence and scientific knowledge that have changed ideas about models of the universe and provided support for the currently accepted scientific model.

Context

Students have been studying Module 8.5 The Cosmic Engine of the Preliminary Physics course. They have worked in pairs to extract information from appropriate sources about the historical development of ideas about the universe from the time of Aristotle to the time of Newton. They have revised their skills in constructing and representing information using a timeline. Students have investigated how technological developments over this time provided evidence that increased scientific understanding and led to refining and reconceptualising explanations about the structure of the universe.

Area(s) of learning

Knowledge and understanding of:
  • the history of physics

Skills in:

  • communicating information and understanding
  • developing scientific thinking and problem-solving techniques

Outcomes

A student:

  • P1 outlines the historical development of major principles, concepts and ideas in physics
  • P13 identifies appropriate terminology and reporting styles to communicate information and understanding in physics
  • P14 draws valid conclusions from gathered data and information

Criteria for assessing learning

(These criteria would normally be communicated to students with the activity.)

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • construct a timeline that clearly communicates relevant data/information
  • explain how evidence presented supports or refutes each model
  • present information clearly, logically and correctly using scientific concepts/ideas.
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