As it is concerned with understanding the nature of matter and energy, physics underlies nearly every other discipline in the natural as well as applied sciences. As such, the study of physics is invaluable preparation not only for research, but also for work in a variety of industries.
To write assignments about physics, the first thing you need to know is the vocabulary. We've analysed high-scoring student assignments to find the words that are used most often. For exercises about vocabulary related to physics go to this page:
Secondly, and most importantly, you will need to learn how to write certain types of assignments ('genres'). In physics, you will probably write:
- Explanations, where you describe something, how it works and how important it is
- Methodology Recounts, where you practise recording experimental findings by describing your methodology.
Each of these genres has an individual style you will need to learn. If you're short of time, you can go directly to the pages about these genres, but we recommend you start at the beginning of 'Writing for a Purpose' and work through all of it.
If you read all the materials, you'll be better able to identify what sort of assignment you have to write – your tutor usually won't tell you. Also, not all physics courses are the same and they might include assignments in different genres from the two typical ones above.