Year 12 Physics - Assessment


Assessment Schedule

The types of assessment tasks adminstered by different schools will obviously vary. The information below represents a typical assessment schedule consisting of four tasks.

Task
Weight
Date
Description

Task 1 - Practical Examination

20%

Term 1
Week 3

An examination with a focus on the planning, design and collection of data for a mandatory first-hand invesitgation.

Task 2 - Midcourse Examination

20%

Term 1
Weeks 8-9

A written examination covering content from 9.2 Space and 9.3 Motors and Generators.

Task 3 - Data Processing, Analysis and Presentation

20%

Term 2
Week 7

A written examination focusing on the processing, presentating and drawing conclusions from given data as well as the evaluation of the experimental method and results.

Task 4 - Trial Examination

40%

Term 3
Weeks 3-4

A written examination covering all content from 9.2 Space, 9.3 Motors and Generators and 9.4 Ideas to Implementation.




Task Descriptions and Sample Tasks

Task 1 - Practical Examination

Total Marks - 35
Time Allowed - 60 minutes plus 5 minutes reading time
Part A - Practical work and written report (25 marks)
Part B - One question with three parts on interpreting given data (10 marks)

Objectives

9.1 Physics Skills

  • H11 - Justifies the appropriateness of a particular investigation plan
  • H12 - Evaluates ways in which accuracy and reliability could be improved in investigations
  • H13 - Uses terminology reporting styles appropriately and successfully to communicate information and understanding
  • H14 - Assesses the validity of conclusions drawn from gathered data and information

9.2 Space

  • Perform an investigation and gather information to determine a value for acceleration due to gravity using pendulum motion or computer-assisted technology and identify reason for possible variations from the value 9.8 ms-2
Scope

This task will require you to complete an experiment and write a report using a given method for determining the acceleration due to gravity. Part B involves answering question on given data from an experiment with the same aim but a different method to Part A.

Preparation

You should prepare by making sure you understand and can apply the following concepts:

  • Measurement of the acceleration due to gravity
  • Determination of mathematical relationships using graphs presenting collected data
  • Validity, reliability and accuracy and ways to improve them
Sample Task

Sample Task 1A - Paper

Sample Task 1A - Marking Scheme

Note: This mid course examination only includes content from the first context (9.3.1) for 9.3 Motors and Generators.

 

Task 2 - Mid Course Examination

Total Marks - 65
Time Allowed - 120 minutes plus 5 minutes reading time
Part A - 20 multiple choice questions (20 marks)
Part B - Extended response questions (45 marks)

Objectives

Prescribed Focus Areas

  • H1 - Evaluates how major advances in scientific understanding and technology have changed the direction or nature of scientific thinking
  • H2 - Analyses the ways in which models, theories and laws in physics have been tested and validated
  • H3 - Assesses the impact of particular advances in physics on the development of technologies
  • H4 - Assesses the impacts of applications of physics on society and the environment

Knowledge Domain

  • H6 - Explains events in terms of Newton's Laws, Law of Conservation of Momentum and relativity
  • H7 - Explains the effects of energy transfers and energy transformations
  • H9 - Explains the effects of electric, magnetic and gravitational fields

9.1 Physics Skills

  • H11 - Justifies the appropriateness of a particular investigation plan
  • H12 - Evaluates ways in which accuracy and reliability could be improved in investigations
  • H13 - Uses terminology and reporting styles appropriately and successfully to communicate information and understanding
  • H14 - Assesses the validity of conclusions from gathered data and information

9.2 Space

  • 9.2.1 - The Earth has a gravitational field that exerts a force on objects both on it and around it
  • 9.2.2 - Many factors have to be taken into account to achieve a successful rocket launch, maintain a stable orbit and return to Earth
  • 9.2.3 - The Solar System is held together by gravity
  • 9.2.4 - Current and emerging understanding about time and space has been dependent upon earlier models of the transmission of light

9.3 Motors and Generators

  • 9.3.1 - Motors use the effect of forces on current-carrying conductors in magnetic fields
  • 9.3.2 - The relative motion between a conductor and a magnetic field is used to generate an electrical voltage
  • 9.3.3 - Generators are used to provide large scale power production
  • 9.3.4 - Transformers allow generated voltage to be either increased or decreased before it is used
  • 9.3.5 - Motors are used in industry and homes usually to convert electrical energy into more useful forms of energy
Scope

This task is a written examination with questions written in the style of the HSC examination.

Preparation

You should prepare by:

  • Constructing summaries of content areas above
  • Practicing past exam papers and other similar questions
  • Asking for focused help from your teacher
  • Becoming familiar with the methods and interpretation of results from mandatory practical work
  • Drawing conclusions about relationships between variables from graphs of collected data
  • Ensuring that you can correctly identify which formula to apply in different contexts
Sample Task

Sample Task 2A - Paper

Sample Task 2A - Marking Scheme and Sample Answers

 

Task 3 - Data Processing and Presentation

Total Marks - 40 marks
Time Allowed - 60 minutes plus 5 minutes reading time
Part A - Multiple choice questions (10 marks)
Part B - Extended response questions (30 marks)

Objectives

9.1 Physics Skills

  • H11 - Justifies the appropriateness of a particular investigation plan
  • H12 - Evaluates ways in which accuracy and reliability could be improved in investigations
  • H13 - Uses terminology reporting styles appropriately and successfully to communicate information and understanding
  • H14 - Assesses the validity of conclusions drawn from gathered data and information
Scope

In Part A of this task you will be required to answer ten multiple choice questions related to data processing, presentation and interpretation, and other Physics skills as listed above. In Part B you will be provided with data collected from experiments. The questions will guide you through a process of processing, presenting, analysing then interpreting the data to draw appropriate conclusions.

Preparation

You should prepare by:

  • Reviewing all Physics skills as listed above
  • Reviewing all first hand investigations studied this year and becoming familiar with the interpretation and processing of results
  • Reviewing the concepts of reliability, validity and accuracy in relation to experiment design and first hand investigations
  • Reviewing appropriate graphing procedure and graph interpretation to establish relationships between variables
  • Reviewing dependent, independent and controlled variables in the context of experiment design and first hand investigations
  • Asking for focused help from your teacher
  • Drawing conclusions about relationships between variables from graphs of collected data
Sample Task

Sample Task 3A - Paper

Sample Task 3A - Marking Scheme and Sample Answers

 

Task 4 - Trial Examination

Total Marks - 100
Time Allowed - 180 minutes plus 5 minutes reading time
Part A - 20 multiple choice questions (20 marks)
Part B - Extended response questions (80 marks)

Objectives

Prescribed Focus Areas

  • H1 - Evaluates how major advances in scientific understanding and technology have changed the direction or nature of scientific thinking
  • H2 - Analyses the ways in which models, theories and laws in physics have been tested and validated
  • H3 - Assesses the impact of particular advances in physics on the development of technologies
  • H4 - Assesses the impacts of applications of physics on society and the environment
  • H5 - Identifies possible future directions of physics research

Knowledge Domain

  • H6 - Explains events in terms of Newton's Laws, Law of Conservation of Momentum and relativity
  • H7 - Explains the effects of energy transfers and energy transformations
  • H8 - Analyses wave interactions and explains the effects of those interactions
  • H9 - Explains the effects of electric, magnetic and gravitational fields
  • H10 - Describes the nature of electromagnetic radiation and matter in terms of particles

9.1 Physics Skills

  • H11 - Justifies the appropriateness of a particular investigation plan
  • H12 - Evaluates ways in which accuracy and reliability could be improved in investigations
  • H13 - Uses terminology and reporting styles appropriately and successfully to communicate information and understanding
  • H14 - Assesses the validity of conclusions from gathered data and information
  • H16 - Justifies positive values about and attitude towards both the living and non-living components of the environment, ethical behaviour and a desire for critical evaluation of the consequences of the applications of science

9.2 Space

  • 9.2.1 - The Earth has a gravitational field that exerts a force on objects both on it and around it
  • 9.2.2 - Many factors have to be taken into account to achieve a successful rocket launch, maintain a stable orbit and return to Earth
  • 9.2.3 - The Solar System is held together by gravity
  • 9.2.4 - Current and emerging understanding about time and space has been dependent upon earlier models of the transmission of light

9.3 Motors and Generators

  • 9.3.1 - Motors use the effect of forces on current-carrying conductors in magnetic fields
  • 9.3.2 - The relative motion between a conductor and a magnetic field is used to generate an electrical voltage
  • 9.3.3 - Generators are used to provide large scale power production
  • 9.3.4 - Transformers allow generated voltage to be either increased or decreased before it is used
  • 9.3.5 - Motors are used in industry and homes usually to convert electrical energy into more useful forms of energy

9.4 From Ideas to Implementation

  • 9.4.1 - Increased understandings of cathode rays led to the development of television
  • 9.4.2 - The reconceptualisation of the model of light led to an understanding of the photoelectric effect and black body radiation
  • 9.4.3 - Limitations of past technologies and increased research into the structure of the atom resulted in the invention of transistors
  • 9.4.4 - Investigations into the electrical properties of particular metals at different temperatures led to the identification of superconductivity and the exploration of possible applications
Scope

This task is a written examination with questions in the style of the HSC examination.

Preparation

You should prepare by:

  • Constructing summaries of content areas above
  • Practicing past exam papers and other similar questions
  • Asking for focused help from your teacher
  • Becoming familiar with the methods and interpretation of results from mandatory practical work
  • Drawing conclusions about relationships between variables from graphs of collected data
  • Ensuring that you can correctly identify which formula to apply in different contexts
Sample Task

These tasks are not available due to copyright restrictions.

For sample tasks please download the 2010 HSC examination and sample answers below.




HSC Exams

HSC Examinations from the Board of Studies website can be downloaded below.

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