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Physics Handbook 1 Dr. Martyn Overy PHYSICS HANDBOOK for AS/A2 LEVEL North Chadderton School Interactive versions of this Handbook are online at and and
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Physics Handbook 2 Dr. Martyn Overy Contents 1. Welcome (a) What is Physics? (b) Why study Physics? (c) Physics and the 21 st Century 2. Studying Physics at North Chadderton School (a) Aims of the course (b) Entry requirements (c) Companion subjects (d) Careers/Higher Education Opportunities (e) Expectations and Challenges 3. Resources for Learning (a) AQA Physics textbook (b) Calculations for A-level Physics Textbook (c) Support Materials/Revision Guides (d) E-Learning (e) Enhancing your knowledge and understanding 4. What will I be doing in Year 12? (a) Unit 1 : Particles, Quantum Physics and Electricity (b) Unit 2 : Mechanics, Materials and Waves (c) Unit 3 : Investigative and Practical Skills 5. What will I be doing in Year 13? (a) Unit 4 : Particles, Quantum Physics and Electricity (b) Unit 5 : Mechanics, Materials and Waves (c) Unit 6 : Investigative and Practical Skills Appendices 1. How Science Works 2. Physics Student Proforma 3. Enhancing and enriching your learning 4. Glossary of Terms used in Examination Questions 5. Mathematical requirements for AQA AS/A2 Physics A 6. Data and formulae 7. Glossary of terms related to measurements
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Physics Handbook 3 Dr. Martyn Overy 1. Welcome to AS Physics We are delighted you have chosen to study physics at AS level. We hope that you will benefit from this course and gain a greater understanding of why and how Physics is so important in the modern world. (a) What is Physics? Physics is the study of matter and energy and how they interact with each other. Physics goes from a grand scale, aka the Universe, to the very smallest parts of the building blocks of everything: atoms, and then even smaller than that….to look at the particles that build up the nucleus . (b) Why study Physics? Physics in interwoven into virtually every aspect of our lives. Every electrical device you use, including mobile phones, depends upon basic physics concepts and principles. Every mechanical device, including cars, also relies on applications of physics. Your body has also developed sense organs that take into account and adapt to the behaviour of sound, light, heat, electrical and mechanical systems. You are a biological machine adapted to be successful in a world where physical principles permeate everywhere. Physics can give you a greater understanding of strange behaviours! These happen both on a very small scale and also on very large scales: particles that sometimes behave as if they were waves, particles that seem to tunnel through matter, some that cannot be seen, black holes, wormholes, quarks and strangeness numbers!
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