GROUP 4 - PHYSICS



Physics aims to develop an understanding of the concepts and principles of this experimental science. The core syllabus provides a non-calculus approach to fundamental Physics. The options lead to a deeper understanding and allow for discussion of some of the technique-orientated applications.

Standard Level 

The material covered in the core includes: measurement and uncertainties, mechanics, thermal physics, waves, electricity and magnetism, circular Motion and gravitation, atomic, nuclear and particle physics and energy production

Standard Level students are required to study one option from: Relativity, Engineering physics, Imaging and Astrophysics. The duration of the option is 15 hours.

ASSESSMENT (SL)
Internal Assessment
The internal investigation is a report on a single investigation which involves approximately 10 hours and should be in the region of between 6-12 pages in length. (20%)
External Examinations
Paper 1: 30 multiple choice questions. (0.75 hour, 20%)
Paper 2: Short answer and extended response questions on core material. (1.25 hours, 40%)
Paper 3: This paper will have questions on core and SL option material. Section A will consist of one data-based question and several short answer questions on experimental work. Section B will include short answer questions and extended response questions from one option. (1 hour, 20%)

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Higher Level

Core material includes the same topics as the Standard Level course but with extensions and in more detail. Extension areas include Quantum and Nuclear Physics, Wave Phenomenon, Fields and Electromagnetic Induction.
Higher Level students are required to study one option from: Relativity, Engineering Physics, Imaging and Astrophysics. The duration of the option is 25 hours.

ASSESSMENT (HL)
Internal Assessment
The internal investigation is a report on a single investigation which involves approximately 10 hours and should be in the region of between 6-12 pages in length. (20%)
External Examinations
Paper 1: 40 multiple choice questions on core and AHL, about 15 of which are common with SL. (1 hour, 20%)
Paper 2: Short answer and extended response questions on core and AHL material. (2.25 hours, 36%)
Paper 3: This paper will have questions on core, AHL and option material. Section A will consist of one data-based question and several short answer questions on experimental work. Section B will include short answer questions and extended response questions from one option. (1.25 hour, 24%)