A2 Level Physics · AQA (legacy)
Week 1: Monday 3 - Friday 7 April
Week 2: Monday 10 - Friday 14 April
Week 3: Monday 17 - Friday 21 April
AQA A 2451
Not suitable for those studying the AQA-B specification
Length of Course
2pm to 6pm
The course examines key topic areas and extensive use will be made of exam-based A2 level questions to illustrate relevant principles. The course will focus on exam technique and relating principles to applications. The course will cover the following topics:
PHYA4 - Fields and Further Mechanics
- Further Mechanics
Momentum concepts; Circular motion; Simple harmonic motion; Simple harmonic systems; Forced vibrations and resonance.
Newton’s law, Gravitational field strength, Gravitational potential, Orbits of planets and satellites.
- Electric Fields
Coulomb’s law, Electric field strength; Electric potential; Comparison of electric and gravitational fields.
Energy stored by a capacitor; Capacitor discharge.
- Magnetic Fields
Magnetic flux density; Moving charges in a magnetic field; Magnetic flux and flux linkage; Electromagnetic induction.
PHYA5 Nuclear Physics and Thermal Physics (the Optional Topics will not be covered)
Evidence for the nucleus; alpha, beta and gamma radiation; Radioactive decay; Nuclear instability; Nuclear radius.
- Nuclear Energy
Mass and energy; Induced fission; Safety aspects.
- Thermal Physics
Thermal energy; Ideal gases; Molecular kinetic theory model.
Unit 6 (Investigative and Practical Skills) not covered on this course