Motion in one dimension at constant velocity or constant acceleration can be explained and analysed relatively simply. However, motion is frequently more complicated because objects move in two or three dimensions, causing the net force to vary in size or direction.
Students develop an understanding that all forms of complex motion can be understood by analysing the forces acting on a system, including the energy transformations taking place within and around the system. By applying new mathematical techniques, students model and predict the motion of objects within systems.
They examine two-dimensional motion, including projectile motion and uniform circular motion, along with the orbital
Contextual Outline - Students learn to:
- selects and processes appropriate qualitative and quantitative data and information using a range of appropriate media PH11/12-4
- analyses and evaluates primary and secondary data and information PH11/12-5
- solves scientific problems using primary and secondary data, critical thinking skills and scientific processes PH11/12-6
- communicates scientific understanding using suitable language and terminology for a specific audience or purpose PH11/12-7
- describes and analyses qualitatively and quantitatively circular motion and motion in a gravitational field, in particular, the projectile motion of particles PH12-12
Extract from Physics Stage 6 Syllabus © 2017 NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)