Introduction to AS Physics

This selection of resources should set you off on the correct the path from your first lesson. Most of the files can be obtained freely on the internet but these directly relate to what you will do over the two years of GCE Physics.

The first thing to  know is that if you have been directed to this page your teacher will be doing AQA Spec A Physics (there is also a Spec B). This means you are in fact studying  a course with AQA the code for it is “1451” for AS and “2451” for A2. This document tells you all about what you need to know and how the course is structured.

Specification  (Full details for parents, pupils and teachers)

Also if you want any exam papers or any other AQA guidance there is a section which you can get to online as a student called “Key Materials” which you can find most of everything you need from AQA apart from live series exam answers.

AS 1451

Unit 1: Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity  (long answer)

Unit 2: Mechanics, Materials and Waves  (long answer)

Unit 3: Investigative and Practical Skills.   (long answer & practical)

AS Scheme of work

AQA AS Formulae

A2 2451

Unit 4: Fields and Further Mechanics (long answer & multichoice)

Unit 5: This unit comprises two sections

  • Section A: Nuclear and Thermal Physics   (long answer)
  • Section B: Option Units  (long answer – Turning Points – Mr Powell)

Unit 6: Investigative and Practical Skills. (long answer & practical)

A2 Scheme of Work

 General Documents

GCE Grading System  (simple version of what % for each grade)

UNIFORMMARKS-LEAFLET  (How are the marks added up instead of using raw scores – complex)

Advancing Physics Equation Help (an alternative board formulae sheet – good for general use)

Best Pocket Handbook IOP (some formulae presented nicely)

Casio Calculator Manual (example for Casio in case you needed one and lost it)

Glossary of Terms (Terms specific to GCE Physics in particular to use in ISA exams and general exams)

1st Steps and things to try out

AS Physics Induction (serious meaty handbook of things for AS Physics students to test out ideas and skills)

Problems-1-Trigonometry  (You must be able to do trig for Physics AS/A2 try some out here)

sin cos tan (more on Trig)

Problems 2 Formula (You must also be able to rearrange formulae without regard to their actual values test yourself out)

Problems 3 Skills Worksheet (This sheet tests if you understand how to convert quantities)  skills_data_sheet (this helps with Problem sheet 3) 

Working with Errors (Simple PPT for starting to look at errors)

Problems 4 Uncertainty (Sheet on Lab uncertainty)

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    • Rashmi on November 25, 2011 at 8:34 am

    The information given is useful

    • Douglas Hainline on December 22, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    A very nice website, and useful too. It should be publicized widely.

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