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Physics at Iceni Academy

Course description

AS outline The AS specification has 3 units:

Unit 1: Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity Topic list The nucleus including particles, antiparticles and photons; hadrons and leptons; the quark model; Quantum phenomena including photoelectricity, energy levels and photon emission, wave particle duality; Electricity including electrical quantities, resistivity, circuits and components, alternating current.

Unit 2: Mechanics, Materials and Waves Topic list Mechanics, including motion along a straight line, projectile motion, Newton’s laws of motion, energy and power, Properties of materials, including density and the Young modulus, Waves, including longitudinal and transverse waves, progressive and stationary waves, refraction, diffraction and interference.c

Unit 3: Investigative and Practical Skills Practical skills Selection and use of various equipment Processing of data, Making observations and measurements, Analysing and evaluation of results. The A2 specification has 3 units:

Unit 4: Fields and Further Mechanics Topic list Further mechanics, including momentum, circular motion and simple harmonic motion Fields, including gravitational fields, electric fields, capacitors, magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction

Unit 5: This unit comprises two sections Section A: Nuclear and Thermal Physics Topic list This section builds on key ideas about particles and energy from AS physics and covers probing the nucleus, radioactivity, nuclear instability and nuclear energy as well as the thermal properties of materials, ideal gases and the kinetic theory of gases Section B: Option Units Topic list This section will provide students and teachers with opportunities to develop deeper knowledge and understanding in one chosen area of the subject: Astrophysics: lenses and telescopes, nonoptical telescopes, classification of stars, cosmology Medical Physics: physics of the eye, physics of the ear, biological measurements, nonionising imaging, X-ray imaging Applied Physics: rotational dynamics, thermodynamics, engines Turning points in physics: the discovery of the electron, wave-particle duality, special relativity.

Unit 6: Investigative and Practical Skills Practical skills Selection and use of various equipment Processing of data, Making observations and measurements, Analysing and evaluation of results.

Entry requirements

17 A* - C including English and Maths. Must have a C in the subject they wish to study, except Science and Maths which require a B.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Iceni Academy directly.

Last updated date: 27 June 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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