This blog was originally written for A level students but the IB material has a lot of overlap so you’ll find a lot here that will be really useful. Stuff that is particular to IB I’ll be adding at some later date. Watch this space.
IB students – here’s a link to the subject brief.
The Data Book is here – you get this in the exam but really shouldn’t need to use it, except for the constants. You’ll really be expected to know the formulae.
here’s the course in a lot more detail.
For AS students fresh from your IG success – AS is no harder, you just have to think and process information more clearly. A2 builds on AS success and is a formidable, serious qualification. You announce to the world that you’ve got a brain if you do well at A2.
Here is the link to download the Edexcel syllabus. Use this as a checklist and revision guide. For AS, we’ll be studying
AS Unit 1: Physics on the go *Unit code 6PH01
This unit involves the study of mechanics (rectilinear motion, forces, energy and power) and materials (flow of liquids, viscosity, Stokes’ Law, properties of materials, Young’s’ modulus and elastic strain energy). Part of this topic may be taught using applications that relate to, for example, sports. The other part of this topic may be taught using, for example, a case study of the production of sweets and biscuits. It may also be taught using the physics associated with spare part surgery for joint replacements and lens implants.
This unit is assessed by means of a written examination paper of 1 hour 20 minutes duration, which will consist of objective questions, short questions and long questions. A sample question paper can be found here. Download Paper 1 from 2009
AS Unit 2: Physics at Work *Unit code 6PH02
This unit involves the study of waves (including refraction, polarisation, diffraction and standing (stationary) waves), electricity (current and resistance, Ohm’s law and nonohmic materials, potential dividers, emf and internal resistance of cells, and negative temperature coefficient thermistors) and the wave/particle nature of light. Several different contexts may be used to teach parts of this unit including music, medical physics, technology in space, solar cells and an historical study of the nature of light.
This unit is assessed by means of a written examination paper of 1 hour 20 minutes duration, which will consist of objective questions, short questions and long questions. A sample question paper can be found here. Download Paper 2 from 2009
AS Unit 3: Exploring Physics. *Unit code 6PH07
You’ll do practicals and watch demonstrations sometimes in class. You are expected to develop experimental skills, and a knowledge and understanding of experimental techniques, by carrying out a range of practical experiments and investigations while studying Units 1 and 2.
This paper assesses your knowledge and understanding of experimental procedures and techniques. It’s rather like being given someone’s practical work and you have to interpret the results. The paper lasts 1 hour and 20 minutes.
The specification or syllabus will give you all the details for A2 that you need.