Physics explains what goes on in the universe: from subatomic particles, to galaxies containing billions of stars.
As physicists, we ask the questions "why?" and "how?", using theory and experiment to explore the fundamental laws which underpin all natural phenomena. Through studying Physics, you'll learn about the science behind advances at the forefront of modern technology and develop your ability to solve problems.
The same topics are covered in both SL and HL. The topics are studied in more depth in HL. Core topics covered will be:
Measurement and Uncertainties
Waves and Wave Phenomena
Electricity, Magnetism and Electromagnetic Induction
Circular Motion and Gravitation
Atomic, Nuclear, Quantum and Particle Physics
In addition to the core topics, one option topic will be covered from:
- Engineering Physics
Paper 1 HL: 60 minutes, 20% of total marks.
Paper 1 SL: 45 minutes, 20% of total marks.
Multiple choice questions from across the whole syllabus. Non-calculator. Data booklet provided.
Paper 2 HL: 2 1/4 hrs, 36% of total marks
Paper 2 SL: 1 1/4 hrs, 40% of total marks
Short and extended response questions from across the whole syllabus. Calculator permitted. Data booklet provided.
Paper 3 HL: 1 1/4 hrs, 24% of total marks
Paper 3 SL: 1hr, 20% of total marks
Data based question and short answer questions based on experimental work Short and extended response questions on option topic. Calculator permitted. Data booklet provided.
You will have the opportunity to design investigations, collect data, develop your manipulative skills, analyse results, collaborate with peers and evaluate and communicate your findings.
Experimental skills will be developed by spending 10 hours on the collaborative Group 4 project and completing a programme of practical work in lessons. It will be assessed through an investigative task spanning a further 10 hours of lesson time, and some aspects of experimental work will be examined in the formal written papers.
Physics is a quantitative subject and you will learn to apply the skills that you have learnt in Maths to explain real world phenomena.
Recent IB Physics results
|Entries (all HL)||5||9||3|
2019 Physics students university destinations
|Music||Kings College London|
|Financial Mathematics and Statistics||London School of Economics|
Medicine and Surgery
|History and Economics||Oxford|
|History of Art||Warwick|
|Motorsport Engineering||Oxford Brookes|
|Biomedical Sciences||University College London|
|Mathematics||University College London|