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How much of prelim chemistry and physics is tested in the hsc? Which specific prelim topics/concepts are needed to understand the content in year 12? (1 Viewer)

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A bit behind on the prelim course for both physics and chemistry, and I'm trying to catch up as quickly as possible. I was wondering which topics/concepts I should focus on the most, as I know that not everything in prelim is relevant to the HSC. Any help would be greatly appreciated because y12 starts soon and I do not want to fall behind for that too.
 

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I've finished Mod 5 recently so I can give my brief understanding. The year 11 physics content is not directly assessed however it is assumed knowledge, if markers throw a problem for say about Non Uniform Circular Motion, they would expect you to use law of conservation of energy to solve the problem naturally however you wouldn't cover that in Advanced Mechanics at all as you would've been expected to have learnt it from dynamics. I've seen other modules and they follow this same pattern of assuming knowledge from Year 11 so in that sense the workload for these modules are heavily reduced if you're already strong with Year 11 concepts (especially for the first module, its literally just an extension of dynamics).

If you're relatively decent at Year 11 physics then I really doubt its going to put constraints - however it is most optimal to have a mastery of Year 11 concepts before so you spend less time struggling. The only concepts that are not tested in the slight bit are Thermodynamics and Circuits, the rest of the content is assumed knowledge really. I'm sure someone else in their HSC can elaborate but thats how I'm feeling for Year 12 physics so far, pretty sure on NESA it states Year 11 Physics is assumed knowledge also, so theres that?
 

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I can't speak for physics, but for chemistry it is not directly assessed rather it is assumed knowledge required to understand content or to solve a step of a particular question.
 

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Stoichiometry and energy questions certainly show up in some HSC and trial papers from prelim chemistry... and it's all assumed knowledge
 

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I made a post about this before for things you need to know from Year 11 going into Year 12:

The one thing I didn't include in it is for Module 4, you need to know about Gibbs free energy, the calculations, interpretation and link to entropy and enthalpy as well.

This is the bare minimum, but there are other things that are helpful to know in general knowledge for better understanding of concepts.
 

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As jazz has posted for chemistry.
For physics you will need most of the knowledge in module 1, except you dont really get tested on the graph from kinematics and you dont do the vector resolution question.
For mod 2, no impulse and inelastic/elastic collision questions are tested, everything else is assumed knowledge and required in solving questions throughout all the modules.
For mod 3, you will need to know the theory side of waves, this is because in mod 8 you basically learn about the history of different models of light, you dont need to know the calculations though (none of the equations in page 43 of the hsc physics syllabus are tested, only dopplers law is used in explainations). For thermodynamics you dont need to know any of it.
For mod 4, the electrostatics dot point is all needed and the magnetism dot point (no magnetism equations needed), you dont get tested for circuit at all (you just need to know basic info like direction of current from a power pack).
 

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