Cambridge AS / A LEVEL  CODE: 9702
SPECIFICATION: AS / A LEVEL
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TERM 1 (14 Weeks) Sept 1 – Dec 15  YEAR 12  YEAR 13 

WK 1  Introduction to Physics 9702  Key kinematics concepts Measuring angles in radians Angular quantities Linking linear and angular velocities 
WK 2  Vectors and scalars Distance, displacement, speed and velocity 
Kinematics of uniform circular motion Magnitude of centripetal acceleration Dynamics of uniform circular motion Moving around the bend 
WK 3  Graphs of motion Resultant, displacement and velocity Assessment  kinematics 
Newton’s Law of universal gravitation Problem solving Gravitational fields Gravitational field strength 
WK 4  Graphs of motion – velocity vs time Equations of motion 
Gravitational potential energy Gravitational potential at a point Orbital speed and period Orbiting the Earth 
WK 5  Projectile motion Twodimensional projectile motion Resolving a vector into its components Assessment – accelerated motion 
A model oscillation Describing oscillations The sinusoidal nature of S.H.M. Angular quantities for the S.H.M. Equations for S.H.M. 
WK 6  Newton’s second law SI base units 
Energy changes in S.H.M. Graphing energy changes in S.H.M. Damped oscillations Resonance 
WK 7  Newton’s first law Terminal velocity Assessment  dynamics 
AM and FM modulation Bandwidth Radio wave frequencies Analogue and digital signals 
WK 8  Resultant forces Inclined planes 
Practicing ADC Attenuation Guided channels of communication Nonguided communication channels Revision and assessment 
WK 9  Centre of mass Moments and torque Assessment – forces – vectors and moments 
Thermal equilibrium Distinguishing some important terms Temperature and thermometers Temperature scales 
WK 10  Practical skills Precision and accuracy Percentage uncertainty Recording results in tables and graphs 
Phase changes Evaporation Specific heat capacity Specific latent heat 
WK 11  Practical skills Analysis of results Identifying limitations and suggesting improvements Directly proportional and inversely proportional 
Avogadro constant and the Mole Empirical gas laws Equation of state Problem solving with ideal gas law 
WK 12  Work, energy and power Conservation of mechanical energy Power Assessment – work, energy and power 
Evidence of movement Kinetic theory of gases Explaining gas pressure Explaining gas temperature First law of thermodynamics Revision and assessment 
WK 13  Momentum Conservation of linear momentum Impulse Newton’s third law of motion 
Electric charge and its origins Coulomb’s Law The electric field model Electric field of a point charge Electric field patterns and field lines 
WK 14  Assessment – momentum Mock paper and feedback 
Uniform electric fields Electric potential Electric potential due to a point charge Electric potential energy of twopoint charges 
TERM 2 (12 Weeks) Jan 2 – Apl 1  YEAR 12  YEAR 13 

WK 15  Density Pressure 
Capacitors and capacitance Capacitors in series and in parallel Energy stored in a capacitor Discharging a capacitor 
WK 16  Hooke’s Law Young modules Assessment – matter and materials 
Electronic sensors LDRs and thermistors Piezoelectric transducers and strain gauge Potential dividers 
WK 17  Charges Electric fields Electric field strength 
The ideal operational amplifier Characteristics of an ideal opamp Opamp circuits – negative feedback 
WK 18  Current electricity Potential difference Resistance 
The inverting amplifier The noninverting amplifier Output devices – the relay Output devices – LEDs and meters Revision and assessment 
WK 19  Power Kirchoff’s Laws 
Permanent magnets produce magnetic fields Electric currents produce magnetic fields Producing stronger magnetic fields 
WK 20  Resistor combinations Ohm’s Law and graphs Resistivity 
Force on a currentcarrying conductor in a magnetic field Measuring magnetic force and field Force between parallel currentcarrying conductors 
WK 21  Internal resistance Potential dividers 
Force on a moving charge in a magnetic field Calculating the force The Hall Effect Charged particles in uniform electric and magnetic fields Charge to mass ratio for electrons The mass spectrometer 
WK 22  Potentiometers Assessment – electric fields & current, potential difference and resistance 
Electricity from magnetism Motional emf Magnetic flux Faraday’s Law of Induction 
WK 23  Properties of a wave Longitudinal and transverse waves Wave equation 
Lenz’s Law Origins of induced emf Applications of electromagnetic induction Principles of the generator 
WK 24  Doppler effect Electromagnetic waves 
Alternating currents 
WK 25  Stationary waves Stationary waves and sound Assessment  waves 
Quantum physics 
WK 26  Structure of the atom Forces in the nucleus and families of particles Alpha, beta and gamma radiation 
Particle and nuclear physics 
TERM 3 (6 Weeks) Apl 11 – May 14  YEAR 12  YEAR 13 

WK 27 
Revision and Practice 

WK 28 
Revision and Practice 

WK 29 
Revision and Practice 

WK 30 
Revision and Practice 

WK 31 
Revision and Practice 

WK 32 
Revision and Practice/End of course 