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PHYSICS at The Langley Academy

Course description

Unit Outline – A2

Unit 1: Particles, quantum phenomena and electricity

This unit involves two contrasting topics in physics: particle physics and electricity. Through the study of these topics, students should gain an awareness of the on-going development and new ideas in physics and of the application of in-depth knowledge of well-established topics such as electricity. Particle physics introduces students to the fundamental properties and nature of matter, radiation and quantum phenomena. In contrast, the study of electricity in this module builds on and develops previous GCSE studies and provides opportunities for practical work and looks into important applications.

Unit 2: Mechanics, materials and waves

This unit is about the principles and applications of mechanics, materials and waves. The first section introduces vectors and then develops knowledge and understanding of forces and energy from GCSE Additional Science. In the second section, materials are studied in terms of their bulk properties and tensile strength. The final section extends GCSE studies on waves by developing in-depth knowledge of the characteristics, properties and applications of waves, including refraction, diffraction, superposition and interference.

Unit 3: Investigative and practical skills in AS Physics

Candidates should carry out experimental and investigative activities in order to develop their practical skills. Experimental and investigative activities should be set in contexts appropriate to, and reflect the demand of, the AS content. These activities should allow candidates to use their knowledge and understanding of Physics in planning, carrying out, analysing and evaluating their work.

Unit 4: Fields and further mechanics

Building on the key ideas and knowledge covered in AS physics. The first section advances the study of momentum and introduces circular and oscillatory motion and covers gravitation. Electric and magnetic fields are covered, together with basic electromagnetic induction. Electric fields lead intocapacitors and how quickly they charge and discharge through a resistor. Magnetic fields lead into the generation and transmission of alternating current.

Unit 5: Nuclear Physics and Optional Units

This module consists of two sections. The first part of Section A ‘Nuclear and Thermal Physics’ looks at the characteristics of the nucleus, the properties of unstable nuclei and how energy is obtained from the nucleus. In the second part of section A, the thermal properties of materials and the properties and nature of gases are studied in depth. Section B offers an opportunity to study one of the following optional topics to gain deeper understanding and awareness of a selected branch of physics;

  1. Astronomy and Cosmology,
  2. Medical Physics,
  3. Applied Physics,
  4. Turning Points in Physics.

Unit 6: Investigative and practical skills in A2 Physics

Entry requirements

GCSE Science B and Maths B

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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