IB Spotlight: Physics

IB Spotlight: Physics

AIS shines its IB Spotlight on Physics this week to help uncover what life is truly like for students to study the IB Diploma. Focused on exploring and explaining the universe itself, from the very smallest subatomic particles to the vast distances between galaxies, Physics provide students the chance to develop their practical techniques, interpersonal and digital communication skills, and abilities in the use of mathematics.

This week we spoke to Le Anh Huy, a Year 12 student who has been at AIS for almost three years, who revealed his approach to the course, shared how he felt the subject changed when studying at IB Diploma level, and challenged the common stereotypes surrounding Physics.

Some of you who are reading this right now, if not most of you, may think that Physics is hard or boring, and I can understand. Those were once my thoughts on this subject too, but after some tips on habits given to me by a physicist, from a certain teacher here at AIS, I started to understand Physics better, and instead of that dry and boring exterior that I saw during Year 10, it became much more interesting and fun. It’s just as the saying goes: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

Physics doesn’t change much from IGCSE to IB, if you studied well and got a good grip on the content of the subject in IGCSE, you will continue to study well. The things that helped me study Physics better are the habits of a physicist: regular revision, just 10 or 15 minutes every day, and doing practice questions and all the assigned work. People say practice makes perfect, and it certainly is true in Physics, as the more work you put in, the easier it is for you to familiarize and get a good grip on new knowledge. One way that works well is thinking of Physics as a jigsaw puzzle. Almost everything you learn will be connected and it will support each other and, as you learn more, you will find the right piece to fill in the gaps and missing parts. At multiple points, you will step back to see the big picture and have a “Eureka!” moment as everything ‘clicks’ together. At this moment you will be able to establish a strong connection between the topics, thus solidifying your knowledge.

Studying Physics at IB requires multiple different skills, ranging from something as simple as unit conversion to data processing, but, for me, one of the most important skills that I think you need is being able to see the world and explain its phenomena with the knowledge you have learned in Physics. When you are proficient in this skill, you will be able to create a strong connection between real life and the theories you learn, because with Physics, along with other science subjects, we don’t just learn inside the textbook, but we use the world around us to learn and understand.

If you are able to put in the work, if you want to learn about the rules of the universe, if you would like to change your entire view of the world and quite possibly even question existence itself, then Physics is for you.

Le Anh Huy
Year 12 Student at AIS


To find out more about studying IB Physics at AIS, or about the IB Diploma in general, check out AIS’s complete comprehensive curriculum guide, which includes IB Programme FAQs, 10 reasons why you should study IB, and an IB Diploma Handbook: https://www.aisvietnam.com/curriculum/ib-diploma/