# Physics 1 VCE Units 1 And 2 eGuidePLUS (Online Purchase)

ISBN: 978-0-730-32149-1

Feb 2016, Jacaranda

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UNIT 1
Area of study 1
Chapter 1: Heat, temperature and internal energy
Measuring temperature
What is the difference between heat and temperature?
Explaining heat: the kinetic theory of matter
Thermal equilibrium
Laws of thermodynamics
Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics
First Law of Thermodynamics
Specific heat capacity
Latent heat and the kinetic particle model of matter
Evaporation
Chapter review

Chapter 2: Energy in transit
Transfer of energy
Conduction
Convection
Convection inside the Earth
Chapter review

Chapter 3: The physics of climate change
Energy in balance
How hot is the Earth?
Fossil fuel’s fingerprints
The Earth’s energy budget
Feedback
Climate models
Issues related to thermodynamics
Evaluating resources
Chapter review

Area of study 2
Chapter 4: Current electricity
Electric circuits
Back to basics
Modelling an electric circuit
Current
Conventional current
Direct current
Alternating current
Measuring electric current
The hydraulic model of current
How rapidly do electrons travel through a conductor?
Voltage
The conventional point of view
Measuring potential difference or voltage drop
Energy transformed by a circuit
Power delivered by a circuit
Transposing formulae
Providing energy for the circuit
Resistance
Resistors
Ohm’s Law
Ohmic and non-ohmic devices
Heating effects of currents
Power and resistance
Chapter review

Chapter 5: Circuit analysis
What happens in an electric circuit?
Circuit diagrams
Circuit rules
Accounting for electrons
Conservation of electrical energy
Series and parallel circuits
Resistors in series
Resistors in parallel
Modelling resistors in parallel
Short circuits
Non-ohmic devices in series and parallel
Power in circuits
The voltage divider
Transducers and sensors
Potentiometers
Chapter review

Chapter 6: Using electricity
Electricity in the real world
Household use of electricity
Power ratings
Paying for electricity
A shocking experience
Resistance of the human body
The effect of current
The effect of current path
Time of exposure
In the event of a shock
Safety in household circuits
Fuses and circuit breakers
Earthing
Residual current device
Double insulation
Chapter review

Area of study 3
Chapter 7: Radioactivity and the nucleus
Alpha decay
Beta decay
Neutrinos
Gamma decay
Half-life
Nuclear transformations
Discovering the structure of the atom
The stability of nuclei
What holds the nucleus together?
What makes the nucleus change?
Binding energy
Nuclear energy
Nuclear fission
Nuclear fusion
Chapter review

Chapter 8: Subatomic particles
The discovery of subatomic particles
Cosmic rays
Explaining the strong nuclear force
So many particles!
Why a quark model?
Quark model
Matter and light
Light from atoms
Chapter review

Chapter 9: The origin of atoms
A long story!
Discovering the universe of galaxies
The expansion of space
The Doppler effect
Using the Doppler effect on stars
Einstein and general relativity
Red shift revisited
The big bang
Looking back in time
The early universe
The birth of atoms
An overview
Chapter review

UNIT 2
Area of study 1
Chapter 10: Analysing movement
Describing movement
Distance and displacement
Speed and velocity
Converting units of speed
Instantaneous speed and velocity — using graphs
Graphing motion: position versus time
Graphing motion: velocity versus time
Displacement from a velocity-versus-time graph
Acceleration
Acceleration from a velocity-versus-time graph
Area under an acceleration-versus-time graph
Graphing motion in a nutshell
Constant acceleration without graphs
Chapter review
Chapter 11: Forces in action
Describing a force
An attraction to the Earth
Friction — what a drag!
For better or worse
Compression and tension
Compression
The normal reaction force
Forces in pairs
Newton’s Third Law of Motion
Moving forward
The net force
Explaining motion: forces in and out of balance
Forces in two dimensions
Rolling downhill
Newton’s Second Law of Motion
Applying Newton’s second law in real life
Falling down
Newton’s second law and tension between connected bodies
Using Newton’s second law
Momentum and impulse
Impulse from a graph
Protecting that frail human body
Newton’s second law and seatbelts
Cars that crumple
Torque or turning effect of a force
Equilibrium or keeping still
Strategy for solving problems involving torque
Types of structures: cantilevers
Chapter review
Chapter 12: Mechanical interactions
Impulse and momentum in collisions
Modelling real collisions
The concept of energy
Getting down to work
Kinetic energy
Potential energy
Gravitational potential energy
Strain potential energy
Hooke’s Law
Conservation of total mechanical energy and efficiency
Power
Chapter review

Area of study 3
Chapter 13: Practical investigations
What is the benefit to you?
What is involved?
Selecting a topic
Turning the topic into a good question
Submitting a research proposal
Keep a log
Variables
Making the most of a measurement
Repeated measurements
Finding patterns
Drawing a line of best fit
Using Microsoft Excel
Handling difficulties
Safety
Writing a report
Presenting as a digital poster
Topics

Area of study 2
Chapter 14: What are stars?
Chapter review

Chapter 15: Is there life beyond our solar system?
Chapter review

Chapter 16: How do forces act on the human body?
Chapter review

Chapter 17: How can AC electricity charge a DC device?
Chapter review

Chapter 18: How do heavy things fly?
Chapter review

Chapter 19: Are fission and fusion viable nuclear energy power sources?
Chapter review

Chapter 20: How is radiation used to maintain human health?
Chapter review

Chapter 21: How do particle accelerators and colliders work?
Chapter review

Chapter 22: How can human vision be enhanced?
Chapter review

Chapter 23: How do instruments make music?
Chapter review

Chapter 24: How can performance in ball games be improved?
Chapter review

Chapter 25: How does the human body use electricity?
Chapter review

Investigations
Appendix 1: Skill checks
Appendix 2: Periodic table of the elements
Appendix 3: Some useful astronomical data
Glossary