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Achievement objective PW 7-2

Students will:

  • use physics ideas to explain a technological or biological application of physics.


  • Identifies the main physical concepts related to an application.
  • Explains how identified concepts apply in an application.

Possible context elaborations

  • Earthquake detection equipment: How does it work?
  • Use of radiation to sterilise foods: How effective is it?
  • Electronic air cleaners: How do they work?
  • Nuclear reactors: How do they produce energy?
  • How do mag lev trains work?
  • The role of force and momentum as used in sports equipment.
  • Riding a Segway: the physics of balance.
  • UV radiation: benefits and drawbacks.
  • How do combinations of muscles, bones, and ligaments in the human body produce mechanical advantage?
  • Explore the optical features of the eye and the potential sight problems.

Assessment for qualifications

At the time of publication, achievement standards were in development to align them with The New Zealand Curriculum. Please ensure that you are using the correct version of the standards by going to the  NZQA website.

The NZQA subject-specific resources pages are very helpful. From there, you can find all the achievement standards and links to assessment resources, both internal and external.

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Aligned level 1 achievement standards were registered for use in 2011 and level 2 for use in 2012; level 3 will be registered for use in 2013.

Last updated September 15, 2020