# Physics A Level OCR/A

**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 (H156).

**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=mc^{2}.**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.