Physics

Examination Board: AQA

 

What is Physics?

Physics is about observing the world around us, trying to understand what is happening and then predicting what might happen in new and unknown situations. Physics deals with questions about the nature of the universe and with some of the most important, practical, environmental and technological issues of our time. It is a creative subject. Ideas from Physics drive developments in related subject areas including chemistry, computing, engineering, mathematics, materials science, medicine, meteorology and statistics.

 

What do physicists do?

The employment prospects are good. Physicists are not only wanted in science related jobs, the general skills of analysis and problem-solving that Physics brings are widely sought in most areas of an organisation’s activities. A qualification in Physics opens doors to a wider range of careers than almost any other subject.

 

Course Title: Physics B Physics in Context

‘Physics in Context’ provides an opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of Physics principles and How Science works by putting them in context with real-world applications, and showing how Physics affects modern life. The specification will introduce you to new and exciting areas of Physics as well as to develop essential knowledge and understanding. The assessment of practical work will follow the same style and format of that used in GCSE Physics.

 

Course Outline

 

AS Level

 

AS : Unit 1

Harmony and Structure

In the Universe

Subject Content:

Music Makes the World go Round: modern techniques of communication; the nature of audio information and the methods by which it is coded, transmitted and received; digital communication as a medium for the twenty-first century.

From Quarks to Quasars: from fundamental particles to the structure of the Universe; the achievements of particle physicists, studying matter on a small scale, and cosmologists working on the very much larger scale.

AS : Unit 2

Physics Keeps us Going

 

Subject Content:

Moving People, People Moving: how forces underpin everyday activities such as transport, and activities such as record breaking in sport.

Energy and the Environment: energy demands and the effect this has on the fate of the planet and future generations; our use of electrical energy.

AS : Unit 3

Investigative and Practical

Skills

Subject Content:

Practical Skills:

Selection and use of various equipment;

Processing of data;

Making observations and measurements;

Analysing and evaluation of results.

 

 

A2 Level

 

A2 : Unit 4

Physics Inside Out

Subject Content:

Experiences Out of this World: how Physics is used to send probes and astronauts into space; free-fall and apparent weightlessness of capsules in orbital motion.

What Goes Around Comes Around: energy and momentum conservation in relation to theme park rides.

Imaging the Invisible: searching the invisible; searching for new mineral resources and buried remains; imaging organs inside the body.

A2 : Unit 5

Energy Under

the Microscope

Subject Content:

Matter Under the Microscope: macroscopic quantities such as temperature and pressure; molecular model of matter; steam and internal combustion engines.

Breaking Matter Down: the structure of matter; high energy particles; electric and magnetic fields.

Energy From the Nucleus: the generation of energy; nuclear materials; spontaneous and stimulated nuclear decay; nuclear fusion; radioactivity

A2 : Unit 6

Investigative and Practical

Skills

Subject Content:

Practical Skills:

Selection and use of various equipment;

Processing of data;

Making observations and measurements;

Analysing and evaluation of results.

 

Entry Requirements:

A minimum of a Grade B at GCSE Science.

 

Contact: Mrs J Clymo/Mr J Crocker