Any question you can find the energy to muster about your science courses will definitely have a concrete answer that can help you understand the complex problems you will face in your physics course, whether this is at university or high school.

People can take a lot of time to find a deep understanding of the concepts encountered as they read in science class - don't expect to grasp all this theory at the speed of light!

When you study waves and electricity, light particles, and quantum mechanics, you are on a mission to understand the best ways of learning about and predicting movement in the universe, and how to help prepare and engage dynamically with it.

There are laws of physics that you can understand on your own by taking some time to learn and read with books, or going online and having a look at a book with jpg after jpg to illustrate your learning and really put it in motion.

The problem with doing this kind of study, regardless of the level, is that the version you've found might be part of a range of books that are no longer in print, and you need a bit more help understanding introductory theory, or complementary mathematics for example (let's not forget that math is as crucial to learning physics as science is!).

This is where physics courses with qualified teaching methods and practitioners come in. Whether you are at high school or university, physics really is one of the best courses a student can spend their energy and time on, since a class or two in this field can really boost the knowledge of students to stratospheric heights, and really use the knowledge of the laws of physics to answer the big questions about the universe.

So, given the practical applications and high employability of physics graduates, consider what sort of mission you want to embark on with your physics teaching and learning, whether that be revising introductory mathematics, exploring high-frequency electricity waves, capturing light and motion, or writing the new version of the quantum mechanics manual.

Take some time out of your main physics mission to have a read our article to get to know the introductory and high-level math and science problems, concepts, and theory that students will encounter in high school and university-level physics learning.

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What is learning physics all about?

Ever had a big question about the universe that has put your curiosity in motion? Then you are one of the many people who are on a mission to understand how the concepts and laws of physics can relate to almost any physical problem you can read about in any science book or books.

And yes, people might just have yet more questions if their version of physics floating in their brain waves is introductory - physics has a kind of law (or laws) that apply to it!

In short, physics is thus:

Best put, physics is one of the most fundamental science disciplines which seeks to understand huge questions about the nature of the universe and bring in help, teaching, and skills from other science disciplines.

It considers theory and practice from mathematics and science that will work together at a high level to help people and students study and question the effects of the physical universe on itself over space and time. The goal of this is to fundamentally understand motion and energy in this behaviour pattern, as well as its causes and effects.

The key concepts of physics study focus on:

  • Waves
  • Light
  • Energy
  • Matter
  • Motion
  • Elements

As a student goes from high school to university as a student of physics, the teaching understandably becomes more complex and less introductory in these areas and will require a more developed and higher level of the theory and practice of maths and science to find the best practice methods.

Whilst physics education will still be effective online, learning is very physical and hands-on given that you study energy and matter. Thus, in order to best engage with life sciences generally, and engineering, mechanics, advanced mathematics, quantum physics, and astronomy more specifically, you would benefit from a course that lets you make the most of the practical as well as the theory side of education.

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Applying your physics learning occurs from the very first class, with real world applications. | Source: usciences.edu

Learning physics Melbourne: the high school version

Needless to say, any class can seem hard in high school because it is often introductory in the first instance, and whilst you might not be expected to read academic article after academic article on your subject as you would at university, there will still be lots of books to read and the teaching will be far from light, especially in math and science subjects.

Let's have a look at the progression of early to late high school and the best way for students to approach their study getting to understand the questions and problems faced in understanding the concepts and theory of physics.

Early high school (years 7 to 10)

It is well known that the jump in difficulty occurs around years 8 and 9 given that this is when students are expected to take responsibility for their learning and concepts encountered become more impactful. It is around this time that physics is introduced into the science curriculum.

Your studies in the first 4 years of high school will thus be initially introductory and get more specific as time goes on, with a view to making a student more independently able to solve problems themselves, as well as curious enough to ask questions.

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Space and physics are inherently linked to one another | Source: UChicago.edu

Physics is always enjoyed in these years due to its hands-on nature and immediate visible effects. The delivery of the course however occurs in many different ways, depending on whether students are learning about motion and inertia, displacement of energy with ions and particles, observing light through different surfaces, or looking into the history of the study with books or online jpg archives on the subject, including ideas by Isaac Newton.

The overall purpose of this stage of learning is to build upon the curiosity for science that primary school instilled, and let students make scientific and logical sense of the phenomena they've been taught about just by dropping a rock to observe gravity or looking under a microscope to observe how moss has grown on this rock.

The independent learning will then ideally be applied to learning the periodic table of elements, to test the differences in resistance between solids, liquids, and gases.

 

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VCE is no doubt the hardest point of your studies as it tests all previously acquired information and seeks to give students an ATAR score which puts them on a nationwide ranking scale.

Physics is so popular at this level for the fact it scales up so much, meaning that students who undertake it can end up getting an extra 10 points or so on their score depending on the year.

It is also seen as somewhat more manageable given the content and exams since the science subjects break down their curriculum very clearly and have 4 exams (1 per semester of VCE) rather than the 2 for many other subjects.

The ostensive goal of these final years primarily revolves around the ability to apply physics models, concepts, and theories in order to describe and analyse diverse physical phenomena with a basis in the physical world.

In addition to being able to use this rationale and knowledge to predict and address various problems, they will also be required to clearly demonstrate these data in the solution of qualitative and quantitative complex problems in both familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

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The Hubble space telescope is the main observatory of the earth from space. | Source: astronomynow.com

University physics education

Across Australia, learning physics at university is one of the most popular since the interest inspired in students early in school continues, and it is seen as a very viable career path.

Typically, the study does vary by level, and from university to university, the delivery and course structure can be different.

It is also worth noting that many universities do not offer a degree in physics directly per se, or at least not at the undergraduate level usually. Physics courses will generally be offered by the faculty of science and will either be a specialisation themselves or require specialisation in something like quantum mechanics or astrophysics.

RMIT University for instance has many programmes that range from bachelor's to PhD level. The bachelors fall under the bachelor of science category, with the specialisation for nanotechnology possible, or alternatively, bachelors in space science and applied science are also on offer. The master's programmes, on the other hand, cover medical physics, applied science in health and medical physics, and applied physics, the latter of which can lead to a PhD in the field.

To compare to The University of Melbourne, the bachelor's programme is notoriously restricted to the broader faculty, meaning that students have to study a bachelor of science and major in physics, in addition to completing general science capstone requirements. Then, at come master's level, there is a master of science with a major in physics too, but this is actually managed by the school of physics, which facilitates your pathway to a PhD, especially if you undertake a research master.

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