# A Level Physics · Edexcel (Pearson) (reformed)

**Dates Available **Week 1: Monday 26 - Friday 30 March

Week 2: Monday 2 - Friday 6 April

Week 3: Monday 9 - Friday 13 April

**Board**Edexcel (Pearson) A 9PHO

*Not suitable for those studying Edexcel Salters Horners approach*

**Length of Course**

40 hours

**Times**

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:**Topic 1 Working as a Physicist**

Quantities and Units

Vectors and Scalars

Measurements

Implications of scientific knowledge**Topic 2 Mechanics**

Motion in a straight line, SUVAT (constant acceleration) equations, projectile motion, freefall

Force diagrams, terminal velocity, moments and couples, conservation of energy, kinetic energy, gravitational potential energy, power and efficiency

**Topic 3 Electrical Circuits**

Charge, Current, Kirchoff’s first law, energy, power and resistance

Circuit components and symbols, I-V characteristics, resistance

Resistor combinations, analysing circuits, internal resistance, potential dividers, sensing circuits

**Topic 4 Electrical Circuits**

Springs and Hooke’s law, elastic potential energy, Stress-strain and the Young modulus

Density and pressure, Archimedes principle

**Topic 5 Waves and the Particle Nature of Light**

Progressive waves, wave properties, refraction and reflection, superposition and interference, Young’s double slits, stationary waves.

Lenses, ray diagrams, magnification, pulse-echo techniques

Photons, the photoelectric effect, wave-particle duality, the electronvolt

**Topic 6 Further Mechanics**

Newton’s second law, Linear Momentum, Impulse, Collisions

Circular motion, centripetal force and acceleration

**Topic 7 Electric and Magnetic Fields**

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

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

Charging and discharging capacitors, energy storage and uses

Alternating currents, root-mean-square values**Topic 8 Nuclear and Particle Physics**

Atoms, antimatter, the Standard Model, E=mc2,

Particle accelerators, scattering, particle tracks**Topic 9 Thermodynamics**

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

Kinetic theory of gases

Black body radiation, Stefan-Boltzmann law, Wien’s law**Topic 10 Space**

Distances, parallax, Doppler shift, Hubble’s law and the evolution of the Universe

Life cycle of stars, Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, spectra**Topic 11 Nuclear Radiation**

Radiation, nuclear decay equations

Nuclear reactions, binding energy, fission and fusion**Topic 12 Gravitational Fields**

Fields, potentials, energy, Newton’s laws and planetary motion.**Topic 13 Oscillations**

Simple harmonic motion, resonance, damping.

*The practical endorsement is not explicitly covered on this course, however relevant experiments and techniques will be discussed where appropriate throughout.Synoptic exam questions will be discussed through the course.*