How can things be in two places at once? Is time travel possible? What are the most fundamental building blocks of the Universe? How do every day machines work?
The world is a bewilderingly complex place but, amazingly, it can be understood by using a small number of fundamental principles, particles and forces that govern their interactions. Physics is the study of these principles. Physics is truly all around you, in your ipod or mobile phone, in the stars you see at night and the sport that you watch on television.
Pupils study a broad range of topics from the detailed intricacies of the atom to the spectacular nature of the wider universe we live in. They learn about the way we interact with the world around us and how, in return it interacts back.
As well as being a theoretical subject, Physics is also a very practical subject. A large part of the work involves carrying out experiments, and so all the lessons will be in a Physics laboratory. It is true to say that there is quite a large mathematical content in GCSE physics, but the calculations necessary are relatively straightforward and cover no more than basic arithmetic, using and rearranging formulae, and some simple trigonometry.