A Level Physics
- Week 1: Monday 29 March – Friday 2 April
- Week 2: Monday 5 – Friday 9 April
- Week 3: Monday 12 – Friday 16 April
Suitable for all examination boards.
Length of Course
17.5 hours for AS Level
35 hours for A Level
9.00am to 12.30pm or 1.00pm to 4.30pm daily
The course covers the following topics that are common to all specifications, but students should check carefully that sessions are relevant to their own particular studies:
Topic 1 – Mechanics I: Vectors; Equations of constant acceleration; Projectiles; F = ma; Work, energy, power; Newton’s laws; Momentum.
Topic 2 – Electricity: Current; Voltage; Resistance; Electromotive force (EMF); Internal resistance and resistivity; Current-voltage graphs; Potential dividers.
Topic 3 – Waves: Single slit diffraction (qualitative treatment only); Two source interference pattern; Standing waves; Polarisation; Phase.
Topic 4 – Quantum Physics: Wave-particle duality; Photoelectric effect; Line spectra; De Broglie wavelength; Electron diffraction.
Topic 5 – Particle Physics: Quark-Lepton model, including hadrons, baryons and mesons; Particle interaction to include fundamental forces, exchange particles, conservation laws and Feynman Diagrams.
Topic 6 – Mechanics II: Circular motion; Simple harmonic motion (SHM).
Topic 7 – Electric & Gravitational Fields: Newton’s law; Coulomb’s law; Electric fields; Gravitational fields.
Topic 8 – Electromagnetism: Magnetic fields; Motion of charged particles in magnetic fields; Electromagnetic induction; A.C.
Topic 9 – Radioactivity: Nuclear radiations; Nuclear decay equations; Calculations including the exponential decay formula; E = mc2; Fission; Fusion.
Topic 10 – Capacitors and Thermal Physics & Gases: Capacitors; Ideal gases; pV= nRT; Kinetic energy and its proportionality to Kelvin temperature; Internal energy; Specific heat capacity
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