Physics Unit 1 and 2


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

Unit 2 examines key concepts of motion and aerodynamics.

You will be required to apply the Scientific Method to design and conduct a practical investigation related to knowledge and skills developed in Units 1 and 2.

Who is it for?

If you are interested in the principles behind how the physical world operates and the technologies that come from it, then Physics may just be the subject for you!

Units 1 and 2 can be done on their own, or continue onto Units 3 and 4, which are intended for students interested in pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM) courses at University.

What do you do?

You will be required to complete online quizzes, written assignments, simple physics simulations, short practical experiments and a practical investigation of a topic of your choice.

In addition, you will be invited to laboratory sessions at VSV, and excursions to places of interest such as Luna Park and the Victorian Space Science Education Centre.

What skills do you need?

There is no prerequisite for this course.

However, you will need some basic mathematical 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.




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

2. Textbook
Heinemann Physics 11: VCE 1 & 2 student book/eBook (4th ed.) Pearson Australia, 2016
Digital Heinemann Physics 11 (4th ed.) (Access code) – Digital access only.

3. A scientific calculator
Note: Graphical/CAS calculator cannot be used for Physics Units 1 – 4.

Things to think about

Physics, more so than any other sciences, is the physical manifestation of mathematics. Students who excel in in this course are generally competent in mathematics up to the Year 10 level.

You are expected to spend 5 – 8 hours of independent self-study a week to complete the required weekly reading and tasks.

Do you have the time and dedication to do so?

Things you can do now

You can purchase and read the recommended textbook before the start of Physics Units 1 and 2. Have a look at the three videos below as they give you a feel for the different topics covered in the course.

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

Things to have a look at

Khan Academy

Stephen Hawking – The Big Bang

Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion