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Physics (FY)

Sequence of completion:
It is recommendable to complete the courses in the order illustrated below. If there is a need to take the courses in a different order, you must discuss the matter with your subject teacher.

1st year
Lfy1 Introduction to physics
Lfy2 Thermal Physics
Lfy3 Waves

2nd year
Lfy4 Mechanics I
Lfy5 Mechanics II
Lfy12 Astrophysics
Lfy6 Electricity
Lfy7 Magnetism and induction

3rd year
Lfy8 Modern Physics
Lfy9 Lab course
Lfy10 Preparation for the matriculation examination
Lfy11 Preparation for the A level exams


FY1 Physics as a natural science
The objective of the course is to arouse and consolidate students' interest in physics. Students are familiarised with the basic concepts related to the structures of matter and the universe; students learn to structure their understanding of the basic building blocks and phenomena of nature by means of the concepts and principles of nature. A further objective for students is to understand how knowledge is built up in the natural sciences through experimentation and related modelling. Students plan and implement simple scientific experiments; they are capable of interpreting and assessing empirical results and present these to others. Evaluated with a number grade.


FY2 Heat
Students get familiar with heat-related phenomena and examine phenomena relating to the thermodynamic state of matter or to the main laws of thermodynamics. They obtain capabilities to participate in critical discussions and decision-making processes concerning the environment and technology. Evaluated with a number grade.

FY3 Waves
Students form an overview of periodic phenomena in nature and familiarise themselves with the key principles that explain these. They also get familiar with the basics of vibrations and waves by examining mechanical vibrations, sound or electromagnetic waves. Evaluated with a number grade.

FY4 Laws of motion
Students learn to understand phenomena related to motion and process models explaining these. They examine phenomena related to translational motion experimentally and use these to demonstrate Newton's law. After the course, students will understand the significance of conservation laws in physics. Evaluated with a number grade.

FY5 Rotation and gravitation
Students consolidate their skills in mechanics and command of phenomena relating to statics and rotation in mathematical terms as well as consolidate their knowledge of the mechanical world. Evaluated with a number grade.

FY6 Electricity
Students are expected to understand basic concepts related to electricity and familiarise themselves with measurement techniques. Furthermore, they know how to perform basic electrical measurements and build and examine simple circuits. Evaluated with a number grade.

FY7 Electromagnetism
Students consolidate their knowledge of electromagnetic phenomena and familiarise themselves with electrical safety. They also consolidate their knowledge of the significance of electromagnetic phenomena in society. Evaluated with a number grade.

FY8 Matter and radiation
Students acquaint themselves with quantisation, dualism and equivalence between matter and energy as the principles governing the structure of matter and the dynamics of its components. They consolidate their overview of the development of physics and of its applicability in interpreting natural phenomena. Evaluated with a number grade.


FY9 Laboratory course
Students examine physical phenomena more thoroughly. The objective is to improve students' basic laboratory skills as well as the skills needed in the A level practical exam, in particular. Evaluated with a number grade. A 4 will not count towards the 75 courses.

FY10 Preparing for the matriculation exam
A course for upper secondary graduates revising the physics syllabus and preparing students for the matriculation exam; the objective is to improve students' calculation skills and to draw their attention to the presentation of their answers, the modelling process and the applicability of the model as well as to make them reflect on their conclusions. Evaluated with a number grade. A 4 will not count towards the 75 courses.

FY11 Preparing for the A/AS level exam
The course prepares students for the A/AS level exams. The contents and the structure of the course are based on the A level syllabus. The course is also suitable for students who are planning the take the matriculation exam the following autumn as it will be a comprehensive review of both content and skills. Evaluated with a number grade. A 4 will not count towards the 75 courses.

FY12 Astrophysics
Astrophysics is a new growing field of science, which requires a broad understanding of physical phenomena. During this course, students have opportunities to apply their knowledge of gravitation, thermodynamics and phenomena related to light and motion as well as nuclear interactions. Evaluated with a number grade. A 4 will not count towards the 75 courses.