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Physics NCEA Level 3 Workbook

By | Copyright Year:2016 | ISBN-13: 9780170368179

Following on from the popular Level 2 workbook, Physics 3 has been designed to meet the needs of students entering upon a course of study in Physics at NCEA Level 3 and Scholarship.
This book contains the fundamental notes necessary to study Physics at Level 3 with extension material that help students explore scholarship ideas; worked answers to help students gain a better understand of how to solve Level 3 Physics problems; and NCEA and Scholarship style questions to develop application, and prepare students to attempt exam questions.


1 Understanding the physical world

2 Experimental techniques

3 Wave systems
3.0 Fundamental properties
3.1 Interference and diffraction
3.2 Acoustics
3.3 Doppler effect with mechanical waves

4 Mechanical systems
4.0 Translational motion
4.1 Circular motion
4.2 Rotational motion
4.3 Oscillatory motion

5 Modern physics
5.0 Quantum theory
5.1 The photoelectric effect
5.2 The Bohr model of the hydrogen atom
5.3 Nuclear physics

6 Electrical systems
6.0 Electric circuits basics
6.1 Electromotive force and internal resistance
6.2 Kirchhoff’s laws
6.3 Capacitors in DC circuits
6.4 Inductors in DC circuits
6.5 AC circuits

Appendices and Answers


Highly visual, full colour throughout

Detailed illustrations support a visual approach to learning

Highlight key laws and equations

Easy-to-read and understand explanations of physics concepts

Fully worked examples

Straightforward preliminary problems to practise new concepts

Extensive NCEA-style problems

Scholarship-style problems

Nature of Science concepts incorporated

Instructions on the use of calculators to handle data in physics experiments

Written by a practising teacher to fully comply with the requirements of NCEA Physics of Level 3.