Part of the IB subject group 4, Sciences, Physics SL is the most fundamental of the experimental sciences, as it seeks to explain the universe itself from the very smallest particles to the vast distances between galaxies.
Available from 1st October 2018
Themes covered through the course
The course covers measurements and uncertainties, mechanics, thermal physics, waves, electricity and magnetism, circular motion and gravitation, atomic, nuclear and particle physics and energy production.
Activities and assessment
Students will undertake a variety of activities in the Physics course, ranging from classroom based discussions and group work to online interactives, formative assignments and journals. Students are assessed through regular summative quizzes and teacher-graded/assessed assignments and activities. The course provides lessons and activities that support the externally assessed components of the program: Internal Assessment and Group 4 project.
Advice from our teachers
In order to succeed in Physics SL, we recommend students commit four hours per week. How much of the course material is covered in the classroom and how much via independent learning is flexible and to be decided by the school teacher.
Benefits to students
Taking Physics SL will enable students to:
- gain an understanding of the Physics principles underpinning both the physical environment in which we live and all biological systems
- develop their observational, analytical and collaborative skills
- consume course content outside of the classroom, including formative exercises and interactive activities
- become independent learners and develop time-management skills
- experience a wide range of online learning tools
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