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Cambridge AS / A LEVEL | CODE: 9702

YEAR 12/13




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
Two-dimensional 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
WK 7 Newton’s first law
Terminal velocity
Assessment - dynamics
AM and FM modulation
Radio wave frequencies
Analogue and digital signals
WK 8 Resultant forces
Inclined planes
Practicing ADC
Guided channels of communication
Non-guided 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
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
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
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 two-point charges
TERM 2 (12 Weeks) Jan 2 – Apl 1 YEAR 12 YEAR 13
WK 15 Density
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 op-amp
Op-amp circuits – negative feedback
WK 18 Current electricity
Potential difference
The inverting amplifier
The non-inverting 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
Force on a current-carrying conductor in a magnetic field
Measuring magnetic force and field
Force between parallel current-carrying 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