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Physics Unit 3 AOS 3 - How fast can things go?

Learning Areas and Capabilities
VCE - Physics
Audience
VCE Unit 3
Available
Online
VCE Module
Students will learn about Newtons laws of motion, Einstein’s theory of special relativity, time dilation & length contraction and relationships between force, energy and mass

This unit is composed of four different modules that can be completed individually (approximately 4 hours each). The modules include:

Physics Unit 3 AOS 3: 3.1 - Newton’s laws of motion

Students will use interactive activities including simulations, videos and apps, to:

  • Apply Newton's three laws of motion.

  • Analyse the uniform circular motion of an object moving in a horizontal plane.

  • Model natural and artificial satellite motion as uniform circular motion.

  • Apply Newton's second law to circular motion in a vertical plane.

  • Study the motion of projectiles near the Earth's surface.

  • Apply the laws of energy and momentum conservation.

Physics Unit 3 AOS 3: 3.2 - Einstein’s theory of special relativity

Students will use interactive activities including simulations, videos and apps, to:

  • Compare Einstein's theory of special relativity with the principles of classical physics.

  • Describe Einstein's two postulates for his theory of special relativity.

Physics Unit 3 AOS 3: 3.3 - Time Dilation & Length Contraction

Students will use interactive activities including simulations, videos and apps, to:

  • Describe time in a frame of reference where the two events occur at the same point in space.

  • Describe length as measured in the frame of reference in which objects are at rest.

  • Model mathematically time dilation and length contraction at speeds approaching c.

  • Explain the behaviour of muons

Physics Unit 3 AOS 3: 3.4 - Relationships between force, energy and mass

Students will use interactive activities including simulations, videos and apps, to investigate the:

  • Impulse in an isolated system for collisions

  • The concept of work done by a constant force

  • The transformations of energy between kinetic energy, potential energy and energy dissipated to the environment

  • Interpretation of Einstein's prediction that energy and mass are interchangeable

  • The conversion of matter to energy by nuclear fusion in the Sun

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Online Portal

Delivered via the Quantum Victoria Online Portal, students can complete the module at their own pace.

Where
Online Portal
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Duration
Module
Duration
Physics Unit 3 AOS 3: 3.1 - Newton’s laws of motion
4 hours
Physics Unit 3 AOS 3: 3.2 - Einstein’s theory of special relativity
4 hours
Physics Unit 3 AOS 3: 3.3 - Time Dilation & Length Contraction
4 hours
Physics Unit 3 AOS 3: 3.4 - Relationships between force, energy and mass
4 hours
This is an estimate of the time required by students to complete the program. Progress is saved as students complete the program, and this does not need to be completed in one continuous block.
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