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Yr 11 Physics AS Day

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on 7 July 2016

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Transcript of Yr 11 Physics AS Day

Drawing together multiple ideas to make calculations
How many tennis balls can you fit into an olympic sized swimming pool?
Keeping up to date
"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious."
Start thinking outside the box
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
Physics in the Remove & 6th Form
Ambrose Yim advice to the Oxbridge Hopefuls...
At times it will feel like this....... for us......
...but stick with it and I guarentee that you will feel....
How many extraterrestrial civilisations are there in the Milky Way galaxy?
How the course works
How fast are you moving at this moment?
Rotation of earth
Orbit about the sun
Orbit about the galaxy
Radius = 27,000 lyr
Period = 240,000,000 yrs
Why is the shuttle launched from Florida, the Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan, and ESA rockets from French Guiana?
Why Science, or why Physics?
Physics @ Oxford
Engineering or Physics?
Studying A- level Physics
Have a look at this picture. It was taken at the Solvay conference in 1927. The leading figures were Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr, Einstein disenchanted with Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle remarked “God does not play Dice.” Bohr replied “Einstein, stop telling God what to do.” 17 of the 29 people in this picture were, or became, Nobel Prize winners including Marie Curie who alone among them had won the prize twice in 2 different disciplines.
This was at the end of the golden age of Physics. Einstein has written his theories on Special and General Relativity, and Plank had ushered in, though he did not know it, the Quantum age. Prior to the turn of the century the greatest minds of the day suggested that that was worth discovering in Physics had been done with the recent completion of Maxwell’s equations of Electromagnetism (binding the theories of Electricity and Magnetism) and Thermodynamics, theorised to make the recently invented steam engine more efficient
However around the turn of the century, experiment started to disagree with theory and the Ultraviolet catastrophe prediction of black box radiation, Michelson and Morley’s measurement of the speed of light started to rock the foundations of the towering edifice of Theoretical Physics.
As a result patches to theories were invented in order for theory to satisfy experimental data and it was an age in which “second rate Physicists were doing first rate work.” Therefore the greatest minds of the day came together for the Solay conference to pull together their collective understanding into what we now know as QED, quantum electrodynamics. A further fusion of Electromagnetism and Quantum theory.
I think today we stand on a similar brink as Physicists did at the turn of the last century and you and I are fortunate enough to live in the second golden age of Physics in which Experimental Physics (which always tails the theorists) are testing one of the greatest ideas that man has ever thought of – the standard model and super symmetry most notably with the ‘discovery’ of the Higg’s Boson – the sigma 5 result at CERN that confirmed a particle with all the hallmarks of a Higgs does exsist.

The theorist’s bluff has been called by the engineers that have build the equivalent of “Cathedrals of the 21st Century” or in other words the particle accelerator in CERN. You have heard all the stats of the biggest, most complicated and expensive machine man has ever undertaken and successfully constructed. With a computer system that brings together the power of the works computers to effectively create a portal in which the human stare back to the start of the universe and deciphering how and what and possibly why we have come to exist.
Perhaps the greatest skill a physics student develops is a sense of wonder about how things work.
We are living in a technologically advanced age in which the average person relies on technology without understanding how that technology works. How many of us have looked at a DVD disc, and wondered how it can contain an entire film? Who has held an ipod and thought about how so many songs can be squeezed into a tiny space? Physics teaches us a method of systematic thinking and also the theories necessary to allow us to once again understand how the things we rely on actually work.
There is no denying that physics is a difficult subject to study at A level. However it is important to remember that studying physics also has great rewards. For those with an ambition to be at the forefront of developing technologies and theories that describe our reality it is necessary to study physics at school and beyond. For students with ambitions in other areas such as business management or finance the study of physics during senior school is also important even if those students don’t intend to study physics or science at university. It demands respect from many employers and university administration officers as it provides students with excellent analytical, problem solving and quantitative skills.
There will be the basics –waves, electricity, mechanics, those topics that require basic ideas to be applied laterally and rigorously, counter intuitively, to reveal the complex systems we see in the world around us.
Then there is the wonder – the partial understanding or in the larger world of Physics of the briefest of glimpses of understanding the stars, the universe and Einstein’s world of Relativity, the impossibly small atom in an unintuitive world of quantum mechanics to Physics latest achievement of the standard model which is being tested at CERN as we speak.

How the course works
There are 6 elements to the course:
PHYA1 (70 mark paper = 120 UMS)
PHYA2 (70 mark paper = 120 UMS)
PHA3X - EMPA (Practical exam 50 marks = 60UMS)

PHY4A (75 mark paper = 120 UMS)
PHY5A (75 mark paper = 120 UMS)
PHA6X/T (Practical exam or coursework = 60 UMS)
Bring this level of enthusiasm....
Bohemian Gravity!
Double rainbow!
Support Materials
GCSE to A level Conversions
10 years of data
A* low due to recent introduction
The course is now linear
AS levels will be written in June 2016
Continuing to A2 means you are re-examined on AS material
Component 1
Motion, Energy and Matter, Exam 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of AS
A mix of short answer and extended answer structured questions with some set in a practical context.

Component 2
Electricity and Light , Exam 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of AS
A mix of short answer and extended answer structured questions with some set in a practical context.
Component 1
Newtonian Physics 2 hours 15 minutes31.25% of A level
Section A: A mix of short answer and extended answer questions with some set in a practical context.
Section B: One comprehension question.

Component 2
Electricity and the Universe2 hours31.25% of A level
A mix of short answer and extended answer questions with some set in a practical context.

Component 3
Light, Nuclei and Options 2 hours 15 minutes 37.5% of A level
Section A: A mix of short answer and extended answer questions with some set in a practical context.
Section B: A choice of 1 out of 4 options:
Alternating Currents
Medical Physics
The Physics of Sports
Energy and the Environment.
Assessment of practical competency.

Component 4
Preactical Endorsement
Non-Exam Assessment, 20% of A level, Reported separately and not contributing to final grade.
What do you need to do to succeed at Physics?
Continuously asking questions
What will you get out of studying Physics?
A fundamental understanding of how the universe works
Access to philosophical ideas and mathematical techniques
More questions than answers
Seeking help and support
Willingness to have a go and never give up
Work independently
Research and teach yourself
A real challenge
A highly respected A level
Support and help when you need it
The widest choice of careers and courses
Consistency and dedication
The Summer Ahead...
code: NJZMNZ
Your holiday prep
Things you will learn to do
Challenge yourself!
Log on, go to My Account, paste in the code at the bottom, then go to My Assignments
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