Materials and Mechanics

Year 10
Subject Information

Materials and Mechanics is an option Science subject in the second semester of Year 10. Students must study 1 science in each semester of year 10 and may wish to study up to 4 semesters of science in total.

Level 5 or better in Year 9 Science with a Level 4 in Criteria A “Knowing and Understanding”. Entry into this course without achieving this grade will only occur by way of teacher recommendation.

Subject Description

Materials and Mechanics is a second semester science subject that focusses on the Chemistry and Physics specialisations of the Year 10 curriculum while preparing students with introductory knowledge from both the Stage 1 Chemistry and Physics curriculum. Students who wish to study SACE Stage 1 Chemistry and/or Physics must study this subject at Year 10. Students will study the use of chemistry in the industrial world, explaining how chemical reactions are used to produce particular products and how different factors influence the rate of reactions. Students learn about how energy conservation in a system can be explained by describing energy transfers and transformations and explore the universe including galaxies, stars and solar systems, and how the Big Bang theory can be used to explain the origin of the universe.

Chemistry Topics

  • Investigate how chemistry can be used to produce a range of useful substances such as fuels, metals and pharmaceuticals

  • Predict the products of different types of simple chemical reactions

  • Using word or symbol equations to represent balanced chemical reactions

  • Investigate the effect of a range of factors, such as temperature and catalysts, on the rate of chemical reactions

Physics Topics

  • The Law of Conservation of Energy, energy transfers and transformations and the determination of energy efficiency

  • Comparing energy changes in interactions such as car crashes, pendulums, lifting and dropping

  • Modelling how energy is transferred and transformed within systems

  • Identifying the evidence supporting the Big Bang theory, such as Edwin Hubble’s observations and the detection of the cosmic microwave background radiation

  • Exploring the evolution of the universe, including the formation of galaxies and stars

Introduction to Senior Science

  • SI Units

  • Science Inquiry Skills

  • Mathematical representation of Science

  • Deconstruction of scientific problems

  • Trends in the periodic table of elements

  • Atomic Structure

Course Fees

All students are encouraged to participate in a number of Science competitions, (approximately $8.00 each)

Additional Costs


Criterion A:

Knowing & Understanding

Criterion C:

Processing and Evaluating

Criterion B:

Inquiring & Designing

Criterion D:

Reflecting on the impacts of Science

Learning Area Map