Physics A level
A-Level Physics is an interesting but difficult subject to take. It explains the topics from small cold atoms, to massive galactic black holes, and everything in between.
We are lucky to have all the necessary and exciting equipment to investigate a range of different and interesting experiments.
The current A-Level course includes the following subjects:
Unit 1 – Working as a Physicist
Unit 2 –Mechanics
Unit 3 – DC Electronics
Unit 4 – Materials
Unit 5 – Particles and light
Unit 6 – Further Mechanics
Unit 7 – Electric and Magnetic Field
Unit 8 – Nuclear and Particle Physics
Unit 9 – Thermodynamics
Unit 10 – Space
Unit 11 – Nuclear Radiation
Unit 12 – Gravitational Fields
Unit 13 – Oscillations
Units 1-6 are covered in year 12, with unit 7-13 covered in year 13. Under the new legislation, all exams will now be at the end of year 13.
There are 16 core practical’s that SPHS can offer, with at least 12 needed to be completed successfully over the two years to obtain the Practical Assessment grade.
These Practical include:
Core 1 – Finding acceleration due to gravity.
Core 2 – Finding the resistivity of a material.
Core 3 - Determine the EMF and Internal Resistance of a material
Core 4 – Use the falling ball method to determine the viscosity of a liquid.
Core 5 – Determine the Young’s modulus of a material
Core 6 – Determine the speed of sound in air using a 2-beam oscilloscope, signal generator, speaker and microphone.
Core 7 – investigate the effects of the length of a wire, tension and mass per unit length.
Core 8 – Determine the wavelength of a light from a laser or other light source using a diffraction grating.
Core 9 – Investigate the relationship between the force exerted on an object and its change in momentum.
Core 10 – Use ICT to analyse collisions between small spheres.
Core 11 – Use and oscilloscope r data logger to display and analyse the potential difference across a capacitor as it is charging and discharging.
Core 12 – Calibrate a thermistor in a potential divider circuit as a thermostat.
Core 13- Determine the specific latent heat of a phase change.
Core 14 - 14Investigate the relationship between pressure and volume of a gas at fixed temperature
Core 15 – Investigate the absorption of gamma radiation by lead.
Core 16 – Determine the value of an unknown mass using the resonant frequency of the oscillating mass.
The assessment criteria for year 12 in Physics looks as follows, with year 13 following a similar pattern.
- Unit 1 - Research Task
- Unit 1 - Units
- Unit 1 – Estimations
- Unit 2 – Motion
- Unit 2 – Energy
- Unit 2 – Momentum
- Unit 2 – Motion Graphs
- Unit 3 – Electric Quantities
- Unit 3 – Electric Circuits
- Unit 3 – Electric Graphs
- Unit 4 – Fluids
- Unit 4 – Materials
- Unit 4 – Young’s Modulus Graphs
- Unit 5 – Wace Graphs
- Unit 5 – Wave Basics
- Unit 5 – Wave Behaviour
- Unit 5 – Optics
- Unit 5 – Quantum
- Unit 6 – Wave Particle Duality
- Unit 6 – Diffraction and interference.
Remember Physics is Fun!!!!