A Level Physics · OCR 

Dates Available 
Week 1: Monday 30 March - Friday 3 April
Week 2: Monday 6 - Friday 10 April 
Week 3: Monday 13 - Friday 17 April

OCR A H556
Not suitable for those studying OCR-B

Length of Course 
40 hours

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

Electrical Circuits
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.

Quantum Physics
Photons, the photoelectric effect, wave-particle duality

Module 5: Newtonian World and Astrophysics

Thermal Physics
Temperature, specific heat capacity and specific latent heat, matter, absolute zero

Ideal Gases
Kinetic theory of gases

Circular Motion
Centripetal acceleration and force, angular velocity

Simple harmonic motion, resonance, damping

Gravitational Fields
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.

Electric Fields
Fields, potentials, energy, Coulomb’s law, particles in electric fields,

Magnetic Fields
Fields, currents, particles in magnetic fields, induction, transformers

Particle Physics
Atoms, antimatter, the Standard Model, decay

Radiation, nuclear decay equations

Nuclear Physics
E=mc2, nuclear reactions, binding energy, fission and fusion

Medical Imaging
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.