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A-level physics

A-Level Physics complete content and assessment objectives
Physical quantities and units

Physical quantities
S.I. units

Making measurements and analysing data
Measurements and uncertainties
Natureof quantities
Scalarsand vectors

Forces and motion
Motion
Kinematics
Linear motion
Projectile motion
Forces in action
Dynamics
Motionwith non-uniform acceleration
Equilibrium
Densityand pressure

Work, energy and power
Work and conservationof energy
Kineticand potential energies
Power
Materials
Springs
Mechanical propertiesof matter
Newton’s laws of motion and momentum

Newton’s laws of motion
Collisions

Electrons, waves and photons
Chargeand current
Charge
Mean drift velocity

Energy,power and resistance
Circuit symbols
E.m.f. and p.d.
Resistance
Resistivity
Power

Electrical circuits
Series and parallel circuits
Internal resistance
Potential dividers

Waves
Wave motion
Electromagnetic waves
Superposition
Stationary waves

Quantum physics
Photons
The photoelectric effect
Wave–particle duality

Newtonian world and astrophysics
Thermal physics
Temperature
Solid, liquid and gas
Thermal properties of materials
Ideal gases

Circularmotion
Kinematics of circular motion
Centripetal force

Oscillations
Simpleharmonic oscillations
Energyof a simple harmonic oscillator
Damping

Gravitational fields
Point and spherical masses
Newton’s law of gravitation
Planetary motion
Gravitational potentialand energy

Astrophysics and cosmology
Stars
Electromagnetic radiation fromstars
Cosmology

Particles and medical physics
Capacitors
Energy
Charging and discharging capacitors

Electricfields
Point and spherical charges
Coulomb’s law
Uniform electric field
Electricpotential and energy

Electromagnetism
Magnetic fields
Motionof charged particles

Nuclear and particle physics
The nuclear atom
Fundamental particles
Radioactivity
Nuclearfission and fusion

Medical imaging
Using X-rays
Diagnostic methods in medicine
Using ultrasound

Assessment details

Assessment Objectives

  • AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures
  • AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures:
    • in a theoretical context
    • in a practical context
    • whenhandling qualitative data
    • whenhandling quantitative data
  • AO3: Analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and evidence, including in relation to issues, to:
    • make judgements and reach conclusions
    • develop and refine practical design and procedures
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