Science in Year 10 is a challenging and comprehensive course that is taught across the three key disciplines of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Students will study either and A course or a B course. A and B courses are different in relation to the mathematical content in the Physics and Chemistry units of work.
In Physics, the students will study the key topics of Mechanics and Energy. They will look at motion in terms of the vector nature of velocity and acceleration, study Newton’s Laws and undertake a quantitative study of energy and energy change. In Biology, students will study genetics and the transmission of heritable characteristics from one generation to the next, DNA and genes. They will also study the theory of evolution by natural selection and how it explains the diversity of living things and the supporting scientific evidence. In Chemistry, atomic structure, properties of elements and how they relate to the periodic table will be covered, as will an understanding of different types of chemical reactions. The year will finish with a short unit on Earth and Space Science, which will cover material related to the Big Bang and plate tectonics.
As in all Science-related course, Science inquiry skills and the scientific method will be emphasised.
Assessment will be percentage based and will comprise of tests, examinations, practical work and assignments.