P upils will already have studied Natural Science in Grades 8 and 9, and so will have some idea of what the subject entails. A mathematical ability, a fair command of the English language (required to describe abstract concepts), an ability to visualise in 3 dimensions, and a general interest in the working of the physical universe provide the right ingredients for a pupil to enjoy and do well in this subject.
An understanding of concepts is built over three years (Grades 10 – 12) and this is a difficult subject to pick up after Grade 10. The examination syllabus is covered over two years in Grade 11 and Grade 12, although valuable foundations are laid in Grade 10.
The course comprises equal portions of Physics and Chemistry. Physical Science is a prerequisite for many areas of scientific study, including Electronics, Pharmacy, Engineering and Medicine. Many of the technical diplomas at Technikons require or recommend it, as do many degrees in the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry.
These subjects give insight into so many of our experiences and can help us to understand the behaviour of what we see around us.