This course will provide you with knowledge and understanding of facts, principles and concepts from different areas of physics that are applied to real life situations.
You will require two 6 grades in double award or triple with a 6 in physics, plus grade 6 in maths, in addition to the general entry requirements. Anyone not studying maths at A level must have a grade 7 or above in GCSE maths.
Unit 1 – Particles, Quantum Phenomena and Electricity
- Particles and radiation (atom, stable and unstable nuclei, classification of particles and their antiparticles, photons and particle interactions particles)
- Electromagnetic radiation and quantum phenomena (photoelectric effect, collisions of electrons with atoms, energy levels and photoemission, wave-particle duality)
- Electricity (charge, current, potential difference, resistivity, direct current circuits, alternating currents and use of oscilloscopes).
Unit 2 – Mechanics, Waves and Materials
- Mechanical (scalars and vectors, moments, motion in a straight line, projectile motion, Newton’s laws of motion, work energy and power and momentum)
- Waves (types of waves, refraction, superposition of waves, stationary, interference and diffraction)
- Materials (density, stress and strain, Hooke’s Law and Young’s Modulus).
Unit 3 – Fields and Further Mechanics
- Further mechanics (circular motion, simple harmonic systems, forced vibrations and resonance)
- Fields (gravitational, electric and magnetic).
Unit 4 – Nuclear and Thermal Physics
- Thermal physics (specific heat, ideal gas laws, internal energy and kinetic theory)
- Nuclear physics (radioactivity, nuclear instability, mass and energy, fusion and fission)
- Plus option from astrophysics, medical physics, applied physics, turning points in physics. A close reading of a specific philosophical text that incorporates all of the foregoing concepts and ideas.
Written examinations. Learners will additionally complete a practical endorsement which does not contribute to their overall grade and is pass/fail.
Dudley Sixth will loan the required textbooks, but a scientific calculator is required.
Higher Education or employment. Medicine, environmental science, physics, engineering (mechanical, electrical and aeronautical).