Module 8: From the Universe to the Atom
The From The Universe to the Atom module combines ideas from the old Optional Module: Astrophysics and Quantum to Quarks. The aim of this new module is to allow HSC Physics students to recognise and appreciate the wide scope of physics.
Throughout learning this module it is important to realise the vast scale on which physics is founded upon - from the size of The Universe to minute fundamental particles.
Origins of The Elements
Inquiry question: What evidence is there for the origins of the elements?
Structure of the Atom
Inquiry question: How is it known that atoms are made up of protons, neutrons and electrons?
Quantum Mechanical Nature of the Atom
Inquiry question: How is it known that classical physics cannot explain the properties of the atom?
Properties of the Nucleus
Inquiry question: How can the energy of the atomic nucleus be harnessed?
Deep Inside the Atom
Inquiry question: How is it known that human understanding of matter is still incomplete?