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The core content covered in advanced physics is similar to the standard steam. What separates the two is a greater emphasis on derivations and challenging concepts. The tutorial problems and exams are difficult but enlightening. It is definitely a jump from the high school 'plugging numbers' physics. Many questions require you to examine from both a mathematical and physical perspective. David Jamieson who taught the subject was funny and charismatic. Lab component was just alright, sometimes it did get hard and stressful. If you do not have a strong passion for physics the standard steam may suit you better.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2019

It is really worth thinking about whether or not you really are passionate about physics before you choose to do this subject. Many people who excel in VCE physics will have a very different experience here and will struggle with difficulty of the subject (imagine no more basic maths problems, a lot more conceptual problems without the aid of a cheatsheet, a lot more pracs, and any other difficulty that comes with the jump from high school to uni). The lectures are interesting and well taught with some cool demonstrations. The labs can be interesting, but are more often stressful, and a lot can depend on how helpful your demonstrator is and how tough their marking is. Problem-solving classes seem to be a waste of time, with the tutor seeming to go off on a tangent for half the session, best to do those questions once the worked solutions are available.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2019

Quite fun subject, exam is pretty hard though. Just hope that you get a good teacher at laboratory in the start since bad one will not give you enough feedback to improve on your report or talks too much prelab

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017

A very in-depth look at some fundamental physics concepts and a fantastic course for those who are passionate about the field and inspired to learn everything they can about it. While you don't get any extra credits for it being an 'advanced' subject, it's worth doing if you really really love physics. The practicals, while a little shaky and disorganised to start, were a fantastic place to learn new concepts in an experimental fashion. The lectures were well delivered and the content well explained. The online assignment tools are great, and forgiving for those little mistakes you make along the way. They also house a plethora of practice questions to help you keep on top of the concepts covered in lectures. For students not strong in physics, I recommend doing one of the other streams, but for those who have a definite, burning passion for physics, Advances 1 is the subject for you!

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2014

Really interesting subject with great lectures and coursework. Do if able

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2014