Course Title: AQA Physics
This section will be studied throughout the year as part of the development of practical skills. A working knowledge of the fundamental units of measurement is vital. Likewise, practical work in the subject needs to be underpinned by an awareness of the nature of measurement errors and of their numerical treatment. The ability to carry through reasonable estimations is a skill that is required throughout the course and beyond.
This section introduces the fundamental properties of matter and electromagnetic radiation and quantum phenomena. Through a study of these topics, students become aware of the way ideas develop and evolve in physics. They will appreciate the importance of international collaboration in the development of new experiments and theories in this area of fundamental research.
GCSE topics of wave phenomena are extended to develop a knowledge of the characteristics, properties and applications of travelling waves and stationary waves. Topics include refraction, diffraction, superposition and interference.
Vectors and their treatment are introduced followed by development of the knowledge and understanding of forces, energy and momentum. The section continues with a study of materials considered in terms of their bulk properties and tensile strength.
This section builds on and develops earlier study of these phenomena from GCSE. It provides opportunities for the development of practical skills at an early stage in the course and lays the groundwork for later study of the many electrical applications that are important to society.
The earlier study of mechanics is taken further to look at circular motion and simple harmonic motion. A further section allows the thermal properties of materials, the properties and nature of ideal gases, and the molecular kinetic theory to be studied in depth.
The ideas of gravitation, electrostatics and magnetic field theory are developed within this unit. Many ideas from mechanics and electricity from earlier in the course support this and are further developed. Practical applications that are considered include: planetary and satellite orbits, capacitance and capacitors, their charge and discharge through resistors and electromagnetic induction.
This section builds on the work of Particles and Radiation to link the properties of the nucleus to the
production of nuclear power and the link between energy and mass. Students should become aware of the physics that underpins nuclear energy production and also of the impact that it can have on society.
There is a choice of one topic from the following list:
Although all students will need to study the same optional unit, they will have some input into the choice that is made.
(to be assessed at the end of year 12)
(to be assessed at the end of year 13)
Ongoing written assessments of the course content and also 12 ‘required practicals’ that will assess the students understanding of experimental and investigative skills.
Exam Board: AQA
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