Physics at Rangiora New Life School is one of the branches of Science taught as a separate subject at Years 12 and 13.

The topics covered at these level are identical, namely Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Waves and Modern Physics. All these units are assessed as achievement standards at the end of the year, except for Modern Physics which is assessed internally in term 3. Students are also assessed internally on their ability to perform and analyse an experiment.

At year 12 various fundamental physics concepts are introduced and students begin to solve problems at a basic level. The experimental section emphasises finding relationships using graphical techniques.

At year 13 the fundamental ideas are broadened and generalised. More complicated problems are solved (especially mathematically more complicated) and the experimental section emphasises how to deal with errors in experiments.

A good understanding of Physics underpins much of our modern technology and is a requirement for further study in a variety of subject areas.


Hans Berends (Head of Department)


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