Topics studied for Physics include Optics, Thermodynamics, Vectors and Mechanics, Acoustics, Electromagnetism, Quantum and Nuclear Physics. The main depth of learning is in both mechanics and electricity. Both these topics make up the majority of the course and are essential to understanding most physics based fields in todays’ economy. Each topic is balanced with conceptual based learning, through experimentation; problem based learning demonstrations, mathematical manipulation when applicable and review of theory.
Physics underpins all technological and scientific advances. It applies the use of logic, induction, deduction and mathematics to develop theories and models that represent the behaviour of everything in the universe. Students who take the physics course develop skills and competencies in these fields, but also promote their scientific literacy which is a useful life skill in an ever increasing technological society.
As a subject, Physics gives students a good problem solving ability to tackle problems and find solutions which are essential, but not limited, to careers such as Lab Research, Radiography, Engineering, Geologist, Communications, Astronomy, Media and Video production, IT and Communications, Biomechanical Engineering, Games developer and many others.
It should be noted that students wishing to take this subject would be advised to have a fair understanding of Junior Certificate Mathematics as well as Junior Cert Science.