Physics at HEMDA
Coordinator: Moshe Friedmann
The physics curriculum at HEMDA is on a 5-unit level for the matriculation examination – presented in a way that piques interest and curiosity, integrated with a varied range of activities, lab experiments and fascinating demonstrations.
Required study units:
Mechanics – 1.5 study units
Motion of falling bodies, free fall, free movement, ballistics and other motion. The “crème de la crème” of the mechanics section is the study of planetary movement and satellites. All of these topics are covered through understanding of the life work of the giants of physics throughout the centuries: Galileo, Newton, Keppler and others..
Electricity and electromagnetism – 1.5 study units
Why is there lighting and what energy does it produce? How does an electric motor work, and what actually is a radio? How can we broadcast information to the ends of the earth? We will be studying the lives and discoveries of Coulomb, Milliken, Faraday, Maxwell and others.
Wave and light theory – 0.5 study units
How does radar work? How can a stealth aircraft elude radar detection? Why is fiber optics preferable to phone wires? These are just some of the up-to-the- minute topics in communications and other fields.
Modern physics – 0.5 study units
X-rays, photoelectric effects, radioactivity, atomic structure and the nuclear bomb – understanding these 20th century phenomena is the objective of this course.
Laboratory practicum – 1 study unit
We will conduct a wide range of experiments, some in the lab, and others on the computer, based on the classroom materials.
Superior achievers who wish to delve deeper can add another elective or two from the topics listed on the next page.
Students who complete their electives and pass the course will have up to FIVE POINTS added to their Magen score [cumulative score from classroom examinations].
Matriculation exams – Bagrut:
All lab examination tests take place at HEMDA: At the end of Grade 11, the lab component of the bagrut includes 5 experiments in mechanics (0.3 study units), with an additional 8 experiments (0.7 study units) at the end of Grade 12.
Written matriculation exams take place at the student’s home school.
Wishing you all success!