CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL AS & A2 PHYSICS Introduction Why consider Physics for your A-Level studies? Physics is a rigorous course designed to develop sound thinking skills and to provide a fundamental background for today’s technological world. Physics is essential for many of the following career opportunities and important in all of them. Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineering, Agricultural Science, Air-traffic Control, Air Force, Architecture, Army, Astronaut, Astronomy, Audiology, Automobile Engineering, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics, Building Technology, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Civil Service Science Provision, Computer-aided Design, Computer Programming, Dentistry, Electrical Engineering, Electrical Technology, Electronics Engineering, Electronics Technology, Environmental Health, Ergonomicist, Film Production, Film Stunt Control, Flight Engineering, Food Science, Geophysics, Health & Safety Control, Industrial Engineering, Information Science, Journalism (Science), Laboratory Technology, Lighting Technology, Marine Science, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Medical Physics, Medical Care, Merchant Navy, Metallurgy, Meteorology, Mining Engineering, Motor Repair, Navy, Nuclear Engineering and Science, Optometry, Patent Agency, Pharmaceutical, Physics, Physiotherapy, Piloting Aircraft, Production Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Radio & TV Service, Radiographer, Recording Studio Services, Space Science & Engineering, Structural Engineering, Systems Analysis, Teaching (Science & Mathematics), Technical Writing, Telecommunications and Veterinary Science.
Cambridge International AS & A2 Level Physics qualifications are accepted by universities and employers as proof of essential knowledge and ability. Learn more at www.cie.org.uk/recognition. This syllabus is designed: • to give a thorough introduction to the study of Physics and scientific methods • to develop skills and abilities that are relevant to the safe practice of science and to everyday life: concern for accuracy and precision, objectivity, integrity, the skills of enquiry, initiative and inventiveness • to emphasise the understanding and application of scientific concepts and principles, rather than the recall of factual material • to enable candidates to become confident citizens in a technological world and to take an informed interest in matters of scientific importance • to promote the use of IT as an aid to experiments and as a tool for the interpretation of experimental and theoretical results. Aims The aims of our AS & A2 Level Physics courses based on this syllabus are to: 1. provide, through well-designed studies of experimental and practical science, a worthwhile educational experience for all students, whether or not they go on to study science beyond this level and, in particular, to enable them to acquire sufficient understanding and knowledge to:
become confident citizens in a technological world and be able to take or develop an informed interest in scientific matters recognise the usefulness, and limitations, of scientific method and to appreciate its applicability in other disciplines and in everyday life be suitably prepared for studies beyond A Level in Physics, in Engineering or in Physics-dependent vocational courses.
2. develop abilities and skills that:
are relevant to the study and practice of science are useful in everyday life encourage efficient and safe practice
encourage effective communication.
3. develop attitudes relevant to science such as:
concern for accuracy and precision objectivity integrity the skills of enquiry initiative inventiveness.
4. stimulate interest in, and care for, the environment in relation to the environmental impact of Physics and its applications. 5. promote an awareness:
that the study and practice of Physics are co-operative and cumulative activities, and are subject to social, economic, technological, ethical and cultural influences and limitations that the implications of Physics may be both beneficial and detrimental to the individual, the community and the environment of the importance of the use of IT for communication, as an aid to experiments and as a tool for the interpretation of experimental and theoretical results.
6. stimulate students and create a sustained interest in Physics so that the study of the subject is enjoyable and satisfying. Syllabus Content Showing Distribution Across AS & A2 Section Section AS A2 I General Physics II Newtonian mechanics
IV Oscillations and waves
V Electricity and magnetism
1. Physical quantities and units 2. Measurement techniques 3. Kinematics 4. Dynamics 5. Forces 6. Work, energy, power 7. Motion in a circle 8. Gravitational field 9. Phases of matter 10. Deformation of solids 11. Ideal gases 12. Temperature 13. Thermal properties of materials 14. Oscillations 15. Waves 16. Superposition
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17. Electric fields 18. Capacitance 19. Current of electricity 20. D.C. circuits 21. Magnetic fields
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VI Modern Physics
VII Gathering communicating information
22. Electromagnetism 23. Electromagnetic induction 24. Alternating currents 25. Charged particles 26. Quantum physics 27. Nuclear physics and 28. Direct sensing 29. Remote sensing 30. Communicating information
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Assessment - AS Level (Year 12) Paper 1 The paper will consist of 40 questions, all of the multi choice type with four options. All questions will be based on the AS syllabus. Candidates will answer all questions. Paper 2 This paper will consist of a variable number of structured questions of variable mark value. All questions will be based on the AS syllabus. Candidates will answer all questions. Candidates will answer on the question paper. Paper 3 This paper will consist of two experiments drawn from different areas of Physics. Candidates will be allowed to use the apparatus for each experiment for a maximum of 1 hour. The examiners will not be restricted by the subject content. Candidates will answer all questions. Candidates will answer on the question paper. Assessment - A2 Level (Year 13) Paper 4 This paper will consist of two sections: • Section A (70 marks) will consist of questions based on the A2 core, but may include material first encountered in the AS syllabus. • Section B (30 marks) will consist of questions based on Applications of Physics, but may include material first encountered in the core (AS and A2) syllabus. Both sections will consist of a variable number of structured questions of variable mark value. Candidates will answer all questions. Candidates will answer on the question paper. Paper 5 This paper will consist of two questions of equal mark value based on the practical skills of planning, analysis and evaluation. The examiners will not be restricted by the subject content. Candidates will answer all questions, on the question paper. Delivery The course is delivered over 5 periods per week, by Mr G Linscott and Mr G Cranwell, covering both theory and practical laboratory work. The Cambridge Endorsed Text Book, “International A/AS Level Physics” by Chris Mee, Wendy Brown et al, has been carefully prepared for the University of Cambridge International Examinations course for A and AS Level Physics It covers the main theoretical concepts and current applications of physics, with a strong emphasis on the required practical skills, providing an excellent resource for those wishing to study physics at university level, or to follow a career in science. The material is
approachable to students from the very start of their course, and gives them all the guidance and information needed to enable them to face their exams with confidence. Students are encouraged to adopt a mature approach from the beginning to the question of self study, including homework. They are expected to keep up with the course on a daily basis, working through all the examples in the text book and approaching their teachers for help when they find difficulty. Entry requirements Students wishing to take this course must receive a minimum grade of CC at IGCSE or equivalent level(s). Learn more about AICE at http://www.cie.org.uk/qualifications/academic/uppersec/aice Conclusion Graduate physicists often find themselves gainfully employed in areas which do not seem directly related to their undergraduate courses – for example in the insurance industry. This is because the rigourous approach to physics courses, so necessary for success, provides qualities much sought after by all employers, even in unrelated fields.