A Level Physics · OCR
Week 1: 1 April – 5 April
Week 2: 8 April – 12 April
Week 3: 15 April – 19 April
OCR A H556
Not suitable for those studying OCR-B
Length of Course
9am to 6pm daily
The course examines key topic areas and extensive use will be made of previous exam questions to illustrate relevant principles. The course will focus on exam technique and relating principles to applications.
The course will cover the following:
Module 2: Foundations in Physics
Quantities and Units
Vectors and Scalars
Module 3: Forces and Motion
Motion in a straight line, SUVAT (constant acceleration) equations, projectile motion, freefall
Forces in Action
Force diagrams, terminal velocity, moments and couples, density and pressure, Archimedes’ principle
Work, Energy and Power
Conservation of energy, kinetic energy, gravitational potential energy, power and efficiency
Springs and Hooke’s law, elastic potential energy, Stress-strain and the Young modulus
Newton’s Laws of Motion and Momentum
Newton’s laws, linear momentum, impulse, collisions
Module 4: Electrons, Waves and Photons
Charge and Current
Kirchoff’s first law
Energy, Power and Resistance
Circuit components and symbols, I-V characteristics, resistance
Kirchoff’s laws and circuits, resistor combinations, analysing circuits, internal resistance, potential dividers, sensing circuits
Progressive waves, wave properties, refraction and reflection, superposition and interference, Young’s double slits, stationary waves.
Photons, the photoelectric effect, wave-particle duality
Module 5: Newtonian World and Astrophysics
Temperature, specific heat capacity and specific latent heat, matter, absolute zero
Kinetic theory of gases
Centripetal acceleration and force, angular velocity
Simple harmonic motion, resonance, damping
Fields, potentials, energy, circular motion, planetary motion, Kepler’s laws
Life cycle of stars, Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, spectra
Cosmology (the Big Bang)
Distances, parallax, Doppler shift, Hubble’s law and the evolution of the Universe.
Module 6: Particles and Medical Physics
Charging and discharging capacitors, energy storage and uses.
Fields, potentials, energy, Coulomb’s law, particles in electric fields,
Fields, currents, particles in magnetic fields, induction, transformers
Atoms, antimatter, the Standard Model, decay
Radiation, nuclear decay equations
E=mc2, nuclear reactions, binding energy, fission and fusion
X-rays, CAT scans, gamma camera, PET scans, Ultrasound
Module 1 Development of Practical Skills in Physics not explicitly covered on this course, however relevant experiments and techniques will be discussed where appropriate throughout.
Unifying Concepts: Synoptic exam questions will be included in the course.