Physics can be defined as “the study of matter, energy, and the interaction between them”, but what that really means is that physics is about asking fundamental questions about matter and energy concepts and trying to answer them by observing and experimenting.
At BELS Physics Department provides students two international syllabus, which are IGCSE and IBDP, and Turkish national syllabus to find answers of their question about their physical environment.
Physics Department also takes part in some activities throughout the academic year with other science departments, like Science Fair, Newton’s Day, Einstein’s Day etc.
The IB Diploma Programme physics course exposes students to this most fundamental experimental science, which seeks to explain the universe itself— from the very smallest particles to the vast distances between galaxies. Students develop traditional practical skills and techniques and increase facility in the use of mathematics, the language of physics. They also develop interpersonal skills as well as information and communication technology skills, which are essential in modern scientific endeavors and are important life-enhancing, transferable skills in their own right. Students, moreover, study the impact of physics on society, the moral and ethical dilemmas, and the social, economic and environmental implications of the work of physicists. Throughout this challenging course, students become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. Furthermore, students enjoy multiple opportunities for scientific study and creative inquiry within a global context.
The aims of the course are to
- provide opportunities for scientific study and creativity within a global context that will stimulate and challenge students
- provide a body of knowledge, methods and techniques that characterize science and technology
- enable students to apply and use a body of knowledge, methods and techniques that characterize science and technology
- develop an ability to analyze, evaluate and synthesize scientific information
- engender an awareness of the need for, and the value of, effective collaboration and communication during scientific activities
- develop experimental and investigative scientific skills
- develop and apply the students’ information and communication technology skills in the study of science
- raise awareness of the moral, ethical, social, economic and environmental implications of using science and technology
- develop an appreciation of the possibilities and limitations associated with science and scientists
- encourage an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and the overarching nature of the scientific method
The structure of the course allows two entries: the extended level that covers the whole aspects of the course and requires a good understanding and the ability to apply theory to unfamiliar situations, and the core level where the extent and depth of knowledge and understanding of the topics listed above is less. At BELS all IGSSE students take extended level Physics and the students sit Paper1 – a multiple-choice paper, Paper3 – a short answer paper and Paper6 – an alternative to practical written paper, which assesses their practical abilities without the pressure of performing an experiment itself. If the student has been entered at the Extended level, then a grade between A* and G is possible. If the Core entry is selected then the grades available are C to G only.
The aims of IGCSE Physics course are:
- to provide a worthwhile educational experience for all candidates, through well designed
- studies of experimental and practical science, whether or not they go on to study science beyond this level
- to enable candidates to acquire sufficient understanding and knowledge to comment on scientific news
- to develop abilities and skills that are needed to become a scientist
- to develop attitudes relevant to physics such as concern for accuracy and precision
- to stimulate interest in, and care for the environment
to promote an awareness that scientific theories and methods have developed, and continue to develop, as a result of co-operative activities of groups and individuals