Physics Unit 1 and 2


In Physics, Unit 1 examines key concepts of thermodynamics, electricity and the origins and formation of matter.

Unit 2 examines key concepts of motion and aerodynamics. Students are required to design and conduct a practical investigation related to knowledge and skills developed in Unit 2.

Who is it for?

This subject is for people who are interested in the principles behind how the physical world operates and technologies that came from it. Units 1 and 2 can be done on their own, or with Unit 3 and 4 which is intended for students interested in pursuing courses such as engineering, science, information technology and architecture at university.

What do you do?

Students are required to complete qualitative and quantitative exercises, short practical exercises, and a practical investigation of a topic of choice. Most practical activities can be done either manually or as simulations.

The practical investigation is compulsory and simulated physics software will be provided.

What skills do you need?

There is no prerequisite for this course.

You will need some basic athematics skills such as applying and manipulating algebraic equations, basic trigonometry relationships and Cartesian graphs to solve some physics problems.

What skills do you develop?

You will develop skills including:

  • analytical and problem solving skills
  • graphical analysis of data
  • experimental techniques.




You must have access to the internet in order to access this course. All weekly work must be completed and submitted online.

The following textbook is required:
Heinemann Physics 11: VCE 1 & 2 student book/ebook (fourth edition) Pearson Australia, 2016


Digital Heinemann Physics 11 (fourth edition) (Access code) – Digital access only.

Things to think about

Students are expected to spend 5 to 8 hours a week to complete the required weekly tasks.

Things you can do now

Have a look at the three recommended links, in the section below, as they give you a feel for the different topics covered in Physics Units 1 and 2.

Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.





Things to have a look at

Khan Academy

First law of thermodynamics / internal energy | Thermodynamics | Physics

Stephen Hawking – The Big Bang

Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion