2012 - 2013
THE IB LEARNER PROFILE
A BRIEF INTRODUCTION
Welcome to the wonderful world of physics! It's pretty much the greatest thing ever. Physics is the study of everything.
Physicists want to understand how everything in the universe works, so there are many different branches of physics.
These topics may seem unrelated, but scientists believe that they are really all the same, and they hope to prove it in the
future. In this course, you will get a taste of most of these different topics. Students doing Higher Level (HL) and
Standard Level (SL) will get to study together, but the HL students will get to study a few extra topics, and will study a
few others in more detail. Here is a list of topics that will be covered in this course:
THE CORE - These are the main topics that HL and SL students will study together.
Topic 1: Physics and Physical Measurement
Topic 2: Mechanics
Topic 3: Thermal Physics
Topic 4: Oscillations and Waves
Topic 5: Electric Currents
Topic 6: Fields and Forces
Topic 7: Atomic and Nuclear Physics
Topic 8: Energy, Power and Climate Change
AHL - These are additional topics that will only be covered in the HL course.
Topic 9: Motion in Fields
Topic 10: Thermal Physics
Topic 11: Wave Phenomena
Topic 12: Electromagnetic Induction
Topic 13: Quantum Physics and Nuclear Physics
Topic 14: Digital Technology
OPTIONS - Both students in SL and HL are required to study two additional topics, called options. Some of them are for
only HL, some for only SL, and some are shared.
Option A: Sight and Wave Phenomena
Option B: Quantum Physics and Nuclear Physics
Option C: Digital Technology
Option D: Relativity and Particle physics
In this course, we will be studying Option A, Sight and Wave Phenomena. The content of this option is actually
the same as topic 11, so SL and HL students can actually study this topic together, but for HL students, it will not
count as an option.
HL AND SL:
Option E: Astrophysics
Option F: Communications
Option G: Electromagnetic Waves
In this course, we will be studying Option E, Astrophysics. This will count as the second option for SL, and the
first option for HL. HL students will be studying a few hours of additional material.
Option H: Relativity
Option I: Medical Physics
Option J: Particle Physics
In this course, we will be studying either Option H or Option I. Only HL students will be studying one of these
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF IB PHYSICS
AIMS - These are the goals of IB physics. They are the things that this course will do for you. The aims of IB physics are
1. provide opportunities for scientific study and creativity within a global context that will stimulate and challenge students
2. provide a body of knowledge, methods and techniques that characterize science and technology 3. enable students to apply and use a body of knowledge, methods and techniques that characterize
science and technology 4. develop an ability to analyse,...