12 Physics

SACE Stage 2:  20 Credits / 2 Semesters / Advanced Technologies

SACE Website:  https://www.sace.sa.edu.au/web/physics

Pre-Requisite:    An achievement level of ‘B’ or better in Stage 1 Physics.

An achievement level of ‘C’ or better in Stage 1 Mathematics 1, 2, 3 and/or 4.


Students use models, laws and theories to understand matter, forces and energy and the interaction among them so that they are able to explain and make predictions about natural phenomena. Students learn how new evidence obtained from observations and measurements can lead to the refinement of these theories and the development of different, more complex ideas and technologies and their impact on many aspects of our everyday lives.

The course is divided into three sections:

  • motion and relativity
  • electricity and magnetism
  • light and atoms

Each section is further subdivided into four or five sub-topics.



Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

  • investigations folio (practical work and investigation)
  • skills and applications tasks
  • external examination
  • teamwork and collaboration
  • innovation and creativity
  • critical thinking and problem solving
  • effective oral and written communication
  • knowledge and understanding

Additional Information

Essentials Physics Workbook $60 (optional but recommended)

Physics is a mathematical subject; competence in the rearrangement of formulas and the use of scientific notation is expected.

A significant amount of study outside the classroom is required to be successful in this subject

A scientific calculator is essential.

Last updated: 01/07/22