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The Physics department has two teachers; Mr Farrell room 21 and Miss Easton room 23. Mr Hislop is the Physics technician, "the man in the white coat", who manages, maintains and repairs the departments equipment and gadgets.

Aims of Physics Department:

The Physics department strives to inspire and cultivate an interest in physics for all students. 

What Is Physics ?

All Physics courses involve investigating phenomena that occur in the natural world. This includes finding out about ...

                -  forces and their effects on moving objects

                -  electricity and electronics

                -  radiation and matter, radiation safety

                -  physics in medicine and transport

                -  energy and energy conservation

To find out more about careers which use Physics go to the website

http://www.physics.org/careers.asp?contentid=381

S1 and S2: An integrated Science course is offered for 4 periods a week.

S3 Physics : There is the option of choosing from two levels of Physics course taught for 2 periods a week. One is a preparation for starting an N4/5 course in Physics or Environmental Science in S4 while the other course is a preparation for the N4 Science course in S4S3  A third year exam in January is used to assess pupils' progress and make a recommendation for the level of study in S4. 

S4 Physics : Covers National 4 and National 5 levels. A portfolio of pupils' work is collated to measure their knowledge, problem solving, research skills and reporting skills. A qualification at National 5 is obtained by sitting a national exam and an Added Value Assignment. This has 5 periods each week.

Higher Grade : Three units: Our Dynamic Universe, Electricity(1/2 unit), Waves & Particles and Researching Physics (1/2 unit). A portfolio of pupils' work is collated to measure their knowledge, problem solving, research skills and reporting skills. A qualification at Higher is obtained by sitting a national exam and an Added Value Assignment. This has 6 periods per week.

Advanced Higher : Three units: Mechanics, Electric Fields & Forces and Wave Phenomena. A short unit about how to deal with experimental uncertainties is also studied. Students complete a project involving original research on a topic or area of their choice followed by the submission of a detailed written report.

All courses are accompanied by homework and end of unit assessments which are used to monitor progress through each course.

Homework : Regular homework is essential and this helps to consolidate work completed in class. Homework allows pupils and teachers to assess each pupil's progress throughout the course. Homework allows feedback to be given to parents and Pastoral staff at parents'evenings, or, as and when requested by parents/staff.