Physics is a subject which many people see as essential to understanding the world around us. It’s the how things work and why. It is reputedly the most fundamental Science subject and encompasses everything in the Universe, from the smallest atom to the largest galaxy.
Physics is about finding out how the universe works. Over the centuries, by doing Physics, scientists have gained some knowledge of the workings of the Universe and have used that knowledge to develop civilisation and give us the lifestyle we enjoy today. For example, different methods of electricity generation provides us with the energy needed for our TVs, microwaves, hairdryers, heating systems etc. We will follow in the footsteps of scientists and their discoveries about light, sound, pressure, space and many other areas.
Studying Physics helps your analytical skills, enhances problem solving and generally just makes you think logically.
The aim of the Physics Department is to provide pupils with a wide knowledge and understanding of Physics and its applications and an ability to apply this knowledge to unseen challenges and situations.
This is done through the provision of a high quality of teaching and learning, following the syllabuses laid down by the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
Gavin Crawford – Teacher of Physics
Robert MacNeilage – Teacher of Physics
In order to address our aims we have the following objectives:
- To promote an appreciation of the world around us and to encourage pupils to use their developing skills to investigate our environment and our role within it.
- To enable our pupils to reach their full potential, and obtain as high a qualification as they are capable of, so that they can take full advantage of the rewards of that success.
- To allow pupils to develop their life skills, both socially and academically.
- To assist pupils to see the relevance of physics to their everyday life
- To assist pupils in assessing evidence about environmental, social and moral questions relating to physics and its applications.
- To encourage pupils to enjoy the study of physics.
- To prepare pupils to go on to further study in physics and applied physical science subjects.
The Faculty’s overarching vision, values and aims are embodied in our aspirational motto ‘Dedicated to excellence’.
The course is an excellent balance of theory and practical (experiments) and by completing this course; learners will develop important and relevant skills, attitudes and attributes related to physics, including: scientific and analytical thinking skills; an understanding of the role of physics in industry and the environment and understanding of relevant applications of physics in society.
Course Content – Electricity and Energy
Conservation of Energy
Electric charge carriers and electric fields
Practical electronic and electric circuits
Specific heat capacity
Gas laws and the kinetic model
As well as developing specific scientific and investigative skills, learners will also gain valuable transferrable skills, for learning life and work.
Senior Phase Information
The main units of study for National 4 and National 5 are outlined below and although these units are similar in content there is a greater degree of difficulty within the National 5 course. Learners will be opting for the subject and not the level of study. This will be discussed and decided by the class teacher.
The following links provide detailed information and documents from the SQA relating to the courses offered in the senior phase.
National 4 Physics www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47425.html
National 5 Physics www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47430.html
Unit 1 – Electricity and Energy
- Energy conservation;
Unit 2 – Waves and Radiation
- Nuclear radiation
Unit 3 – Dynamics and Space
- Forces and gravity
- Information from space
- The position of the Earth in our universe
Physics pupils will be supplied with a wide range of resources and support to ensure they maximise their potential with us. This includes text books, electronic resources and opportunities for supported study. These resources are regularly updated and will be shared with students at the onset of courses.
Deadlines for each level will be shared with pupils and parents via a range of media – including direct texts and email.
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