A Level Physics
- Week 1: Monday 28 March – Friday 1 April
- Week 2: Monday 4 April – Friday 8 April
- Week 3: Monday 11 April – Friday 15 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.
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