IB Physics Course Structure

IB Physics develops in students an appreciation for the the most fundamental of the experimental sciences. Through studying a science subject students should become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. While the scientific method may take on a wide variety of forms, the emphasis is on a practical approach. Physics is taught practically.

There are 2 levels offered for the IB Diploma programme – Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL). Our experienced tutors will walk you through the key concepts as well as applications in examples. Our course structure for the 2 levels can be found below. Check them out!

Standard Level

Sessions for core curriculum (shared by both SL and HL):
SessionTopicsSubtopics
1Measurements and uncertaintiesUncertainties and errors, vectors and scalars
Mechanics IMotion, forces, momentum
Mechanics IIWork, energy, power
Thermal physicsTemperature and energy changes, modelling a gas
2Oscillations and wavesOscillations, travelling waves, wave characteristics and behaviour, standing waves
Circular motion and gravitationCircular motion, Newton’s law of gravitation
3Electricity and magnetismElectric fields, heating effect of an electric current, electric cells, magnetic effects of electric currents
Thermal physicsTemperature and energy changes, modelling a gas
4Energy productionEnergy sources, thermal energy transfer
Atomic. Nuclear and particle physicsDiscrete energy and radioactivity, nuclear reactions, the structure of matter
Sessions for option curriculum (Both SL and HL pick one):
SessionTopicSubtopics
ARelativityLorentz transformations, spacetime diagrams, relativistic mechanics, general relativity
BEngineering physicsRigid bodies and rotational dynamics, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, forced vibrations and resonance
CImagingImaging instrumentation, fibre optics
DAstrophysicsStellar quantities, stellar characteristics/evolution/processes, cosmology

 

Higher Level

IB Physics HL Course Structure

Sessions for core curriculum (shared by both SL and HL):
SessionTopicsSubtopics
1Measurements and uncertaintiesUncertainties and errors, vectors and scalars
Mechanics IMotion, forces, momentum
Mechanics IIWork, energy, power
Thermal physicsTemperature and energy changes, modelling a gas
2Oscillations and wavesOscillations, travelling waves, wave characteristics and behaviour, standing waves
Circular motion and gravitationCircular motion, Newton’s law of gravitation
3Electricity and magnetismElectric fields, heating effect of an electric current, electric cells, magnetic effects of electric currents
Thermal physicsTemperature and energy changes, modelling a gas
4Energy productionEnergy sources, thermal energy transfer
Atomic. Nuclear and particle physicsDiscrete energy and radioactivity, nuclear reactions, the structure of matter
Sessions for AHL curriculum (HL students only):
SessionTopicsSubtopics
1FieldsDescribing fields, fields at work
Electromagnetic inductionElectromagnetic induction, power generation and transmission, capacitance
2Wave phenomenaSimple harmonic motion, single-slit diffraction, interference, resolution, The Doppler effect
Quantum and nuclear physicsInteraction of matter with radiation, nuclear physics
Sessions for option curriculum (Both SL and HL pick one):
SessionTopicSubtopics
ARelativityLorentz transformations, spacetime diagrams, relativistic mechanics, general relativity
BEngineering physicsRigid bodies and rotational dynamics, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, forced vibrations and resonance
CImagingImaging instrumentation, fibre optics
DAstrophysicsStellar quantities, stellar characteristics/evolution/processes, cosmology

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