## Physics A Level OCR/A New Specifications

**Length of course:** 5 full-day sessions **Boards:** OCR/A H556 only

This course is suitable for students following the **NEW** OCR/A (H556) specification.

This course is for** A level students** only.

This course is **not** suitable for AS level students studying Physics AS OCR/A New Specification

(H156).

This course is **not** suitable for students re-sitting units from the outgoing Physics A2 OCR/A (H558)

The following topics will be covered:

• Mechanics (1): Resolving and adding vectors, velocity and acceleration, projectile motion, F= ma, terminal velocity, moments, Archimedes’ principle.

• Mechanics (2): Work, energy, power, efficiency, Newton’s laws, momentum, collisions,

deformation of solids.

• Electric circuits: Kirchhoff’s laws, EMF, mean drift velocity, potential dividers, LDR,

thermistors.

• Waves and quantum physics: Refraction, polarisation, diffraction, interference, standing

waves, Young double slit, diffraction grating, EM waves, photoelectric effect, line spectra, de Broglie wavelength.

• Thermal physics and gases: Temperature, internal energy, absolute zero, heat capacity,

latent heat, kinetic theory of gases, liquids and solids.

• Circular motion and oscillations: Angular velocity, centripetal force, simple and damped

harmonic motion, resonance.

• Gravity, stars and cosmology: Newton’s law of gravitation, Kepler’s laws, gravitational

potential, HR diagram, Wein’s and Stefan’s laws, Doppler effect, Hubble’s law, Big Bang

theory.

• Capacitors and electric fields: Capacitors in series and parallel, charging and discharging

capacitors, permittivity, Coulomb’s law, uniform and radial electric fields, electric potential.

• Particle physics: Alpha particle scattering, quark-lepton model, radioactivity, carbon-dating,

nuclear fission and fusion, binding energy, E=mc2.

• Magnetism and medical imaging: Magnetic field patterns, Fleming’s left hand rule, charged

particles in magnetic fields, Faraday’s and Lenz’s laws, transformers, X-rays, CT scan,

gamma camera, PET scan, ultrasound imaging.

Where appropriate, help will also be provided for practical skills assessed in a written examination.