Modelling Physics – Exam Paper – 37% of marks
Exploring Physics – Exam Paper – 37% of marks
Unified Physics – Exam Paper – 26% of marks
Module 1 – Development of Practical Skills in Physics
Planning, Implementing, Analysis, Evaluation and Use of Apparatus in Physics
Module 2 – Foundations of Physics
Physical quantities and SI units. Making measurements and analysing data. Uncertainties and errors. Nature of quantities. Relationships between variables.
Module 3 – Forces & Motion
Kinematics, linear motion and projectile motion. Dynamics and motion with non-uniform acceleration. Equilibrium, density and pressure. Work, energy and power. Springs and mechanical properties of matter. Newton’s laws of motion, collisions and the conservation of momentum.
Module 4 – Electrons, Waves & Photons
Charge and current. Energy, power and resistance in electrical circuits. Series and parallel circuits, internal resistance and potential dividers. Wave motion and electromagnetic waves. Diffraction, refraction and superposition of waves. Stationary waves. Quantum physics, the photoelectric effect and wave-particle duality.
Module 5 – Newtonian World & Astrophysics
Thermal physics of solids, liquids and gases. Ideal gases. Kinematics of circular motion and the centripetal (resultant) force. Simple harmonic motion, damping and resonance. Radial and uniform gravitational fields, gravitational field strength, gravitational potential energy and Newton’s law of gravitation. Planetary motion. Stars and the electromagnetic radiation they emit. Cosmology.
Module 6 – Particles & Medical Physics
Charging and discharging capacitors. Radial electric fields due to point charges and uniformly charged spheres. Coulomb’s law and electric field strength. Uniform electric fields between charged metallic plates. Magnetic fields and the motion of charged particles in magnetic fields. Electromagnetic induction and Faraday’s law. Particle physics and radioactivity. Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion. X-ray imaging, ultrasound imaging and the uses of radiation in medical diagnosis.