VCE Physics

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This book is (will be – it'll be ready for the 2020 Australian academic year, by the latest) a reliable free textbook for students studying physics as part of the Victorian Certificate of Education. It's also a useful resource for anyone helping those students (e.g. teachers, parents), and for anyone studying physics at a similar level.

The VCE Physics curriculum is detailed in the VCE Physics Study Design. The curriculum for all VCE subjects (including physics) is administered by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).

For further information about this book, read the Foreword.

Safety First: If you carry out any experiments in relation to the VCE course, you must consider safety first. While this textbook will provide suggested experiments, and reminders about key points of safety, it is NOT intended to be a comprehensive resource in relation to carrying out experiments safely. You MUST use other resources. In deciding whether to carry out an experiment, or when carrying out an experiment, you must ensure you are supervised by someone with suitable expertise (e.g. an experienced and qualified teacher) as well as ensure you are aware of any relevant safety information from reliable sources. If you are not sure how to carry out a particular experiment safely, DO NOT DO IT.

Unit 1 : What ideas explain the physical world?[edit]

Area of Study 1 : How can thermal effects be explained?

Area of Study 2 : How do electric circuits work?[edit]

  • Sub sections to be determined

Area of Study 3 : What is matter and how is it formed?[edit]

  • Sub sections to be determined


Unit 2 : What do experiments reveal about the physical world?[edit]

Area of Study 1 : How can motion be described and explained?

Area of Study 2 : Options[edit]

Area of Study 3 : Practical investigation[edit]

  • Sub sections to be determined


Unit 3 : How do fields explain motion and electricity?[edit]

Area of Study 1 : How do things move without contact?

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Area of Study 2 : How are fields used to move electrical energy?[edit]

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Area of Study 3 : How fast can things go?[edit]


Unit 4 : How can two contradictory models explain both light and matter?[edit]

Area of Study 1 : How can waves explain the behaviour of light?

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Area of Study 2 : How are light and matter similar?[edit]

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Area of Study 3 : Practical investigation[edit]

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Appendices[edit]

Appendix A - SI Units[edit]

Appendix B - Analysis of experimental data[edit]