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Physics

Higher Line

At GCSE, Physics is either taken separately (by the top sets) or as part of GCSE Double Award Science.                            

There will be a prevalent practical component throughout the GCSE course.  Topics of study include: energy conservation, the efficiency of energy transfer and the associated economic and environmental implications,  the relationship between work and energy, and changes in kinetic energy and gravitational potential energy, the use of kinetic theory and atomic structure as models to explain physical phenomena, Newton’s laws of motion and their theoretical and practical uses, calculating changes in the velocity and acceleration of organisations acted on by forces, including momentum,, the generation and control of electrical power and the relationship between power, current and voltage, the distribution and uses of electricity, and the wave equation and the transfer of energy and information by waves.
 

Grammar Term 1 

  • Renewable and Non renewable resources 
  • The Earth’s atmosphere 
  • Generation and transmission of electricity 
  • Paying for and reducing energy usage 

Grammar Term 2 

  • Energy transfers and 
  • efficiency 
  • Electrostatics 
  • Electric circuits; current, resistance and voltage 
  • Electric Power 

Grammar Term 3 

  • Vectors ; velocity and 
  • acceleration 
  • Forces, friction, terminal velocity and stopping distance 
  • Momentum, kinetic and potential energy 
  • Work and power 
  • Kinetic Theory for gases, elastic and non elastic collisions 

Syntax Term 1 

  • Isotopes, ionizing radiation and nuclear reactions 
  • Alpha, beta, gamma and positron radiation 
  • Uses and dangers of radiation, background radiation, half life and nuclear waste 
  • Radiation in medicine 

Syntax Term 2 

  •  X rays, ECGs and pulse oximetry scanners 
  • Stability curves and quarks 
  • Particle accelerators,  
  • CATs 

 

Syntax Term 3 

  • The eye and sight problems 
  • Reflection and reflection – different types of lens 
  • Critical angle 

Sixth Form

At A level, the course aims to introduce the laws, theories and models of modern physics and explore their practical applications.  Students are encouraged to reinforce their knowledge through extensive practical work.  

Course fundamentals  include: mechanics and materials; electrical quantities; the properties of waves and the nature of light; further mechanics, electric and magnetic fields , and particle physics;  thermal energy, nuclear decay, oscillations, astrophysics and cosmology; practical applications of physics.

Poetry 1 

Unit 1

  • Mechanics –
  • Motion, Forces, Energy and Power

 

Unit 2

  • Electricity –
  • Electrical quantities and electrical circuits
 

Poetry 2 

Unit 1

  • Materials – Fluid
  • Flow and the strength of materials

 

Unit 2

  • Waves – The language of waves, wave behaviour and light and sound. The particle nature of light

Poetry 3

Unit 1

  • Further Mechanics – Circular Motion and Momentum
  • AS  revision

 

Unit 2

  • Thermodynamics

 

 

Rhetoric 1 

Unit 4

  • Momentum
  • Electric and magnetic fields,

Unit 5

Thermal Physics.

  • Oscillations, Simple harmonic motion

Rhetoric 2 

Unit 4

  • Capacitors and electromagnetic  effects,
  • Particle Physics – Probing matter, particle accelerators and particle interactions

Unit 5

  • Nuclear decay, fission and fusion
  • Astrophysics andcosmology- Gravitationalfields, starshine andHubble’s Law

Rhetoric 3 

  Unit 6

Coursework

  • Completion and Revision