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HSC physics

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What you learn

The study of physics relies on the understanding and application of a small number of basic laws and principles that govern the microscopic and macroscopic worlds. There are 60 lessons in the HSC Study Lab HSC physics course, which corresponds to the 90 indicative hours of study required by the syllabus.

Module 1 | Space

  • The Earth has a gravitational field that exerts a force on objects both on it and around it
  • Many factors have to be taken into account to achieve a successful rocket launch, maintain a stable orbit and return to Earth
  • The Solar System is held together by gravity
  • Current and emerging understanding about time and space has been dependent upon earlier models of the transmission of light
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Module 2 | Motors and generators

  • Motors use the effect of forces on current-carrying conductors in magnetic fields
  • The relative motion between a conductor and magnetic field is used to generate an electrical voltage
  • Generators are used to provide large scale power production
  • Transformers allow generated voltage to be either increased or decreased before it is used
  • Motors are used in industries and the home usually to convert electrical energy into more useful forms of energy
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Module 3 | From ideas to implementation

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

    60 Lessons

    Lessons by expert teachers that cover the NSW HSC Physics Syllabus comprehensively.

  • HSCStudy Lab Quizzes

    Hundreds of HSC style practise questions

    60 lesson quizzes that include a variety of questions. This course also includes 13 focus level and 3 module level tests, as well as a comprehensive end of course practice exam.

  • HSCStudy Lab videos

    Hours of video

    Videos that fully explain complex physics questions through animation, practical experiments, and tutorials.

  • HSCStudy Lab interactives

    17 Interactive activities

    Interactive activities that help you explore and understand key syllabus dot point as well as additional resources.

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