Physics 

Students can complete a Major or Minor in Physics at Dickson College.

The study of physics explores humankind's drives to explain the phenomenon which shape our world and universe. Through the study of motion and energy, sound and light, electricity and the atom we develop a greater appreciation for the forces and processes which exist within our daily lives.

The skills learnt through the study of Physics directly link to problem-solving techniques, research and communication skills and specialised experimental methods aimed at achieving specific goals. A student of physics can discover the workings of the atom, the mysteries of the universe and all the other pieces in-between.

At Dickson College students will study the following units of work:

  • Forces & Geometric Optics
    Light waves, Images formed by Mirrors and Lenses, Mechanical Motion and Energy, Newton's Laws, Forces, Momentum, Measurement Techniques
  • Charge and Energy
    Electrical charge, Static Electricity, Electrical Circuits, Temperature, Energy Transfer Processes, Manipulation of Heat, Household Wiring and Thermal Insulation.
  • Complex Motion and Waves
    Motion in 2 dimensions, Projectile motion, Circular motion, Angular Motion, Waves Properties, Light Interference Patterns, Light Scattering, Specialised Experimental Techniques.
  • Fluids and Engineering
    Bernoulli's principle, Pressure and Density, Laminar and Turbulent flow, Stress and Strain, Stability of Structures, Strength and Elasticity of Materials, Balanced and Unbalanced Forces.
  • Nuclear and Atomic Physics
    Radioactivity, Nuclear half-life, Fission and Fusion of nuclei, Application of Nuclear Physics, Atomic Structure, Emission spectrum of atoms, Exotic sub-atomic particles, Wave-particle duality of light.