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6th Form Curriculum Guide - Year 12 Physics
Term 1Module 2 - Physical quantities and units
The aim of this module is to introduce important conventions and ideas that permeate the fabric of physics. Understanding of physical quantities and S.I. units, helps physicists to effectively communicate their ideas within the scientific community.
Assessment: Practical activities are embedded within the learning outcomes of the course to encourage practical activities in the classroom which contribute to the achievement of the Practical Endorsement. There are no set PAGs for this unit but students will complete practical work to aid understanding. After completing this unit, students will sit a 20 minute test covering 2.1.1 Physical quantities and 2.1.2 S.I. Units (AO1, AO2, AO3).Key Words and Terms
 
Term 1Module 2 - Making measurements and analysing data.
This section provides knowledge and understanding of physical measurements and treatment of errors and uncertainties.
Assessment: Practical activities are embedded within the learning outcomes of the course to encourage practical activities in the classroom which contribute to the achievement of the Practical Endorsement. There are no associated PAGS for this unit but students will complete practical work. After completing this unit, students will sit a 20 minute test covering 2.2.1 Measurements and Uncertainties (AO1, AO2, AO3).Key Words and Terms
 
Term 1Module 2 - Nature of Quantities
This section provides knowledge and understanding of scalars and vectors quantities. Vector quantities add and subtract very differently to scalar quantities; hence it is important to know whether a quantity is a vector or a scalar.
Assessment: Practical activities are embedded within the learning outcomes of the course to encourage practical activities in the classroom which contribute to the achievement of the Practical Endorsement. There are no associated PAGs assessed in this unit. After completing this unit, students will sit a 20 minute test covering 2.3.1. Scalars and vectors (AO1, AO2, AO3).Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Module 3 - Motion
This section provides knowledge and understanding of key ideas used to describe and analyse the motion of objects in both one-dimension and in two-dimensions. It also provides learners with opportunities to develop their analytical and experimental skills. The motion of a variety of objects can be analysed using ICT or data-logging techniques (HSW3). Learners also have the opportunity to analyse and interpret experimental data by recognising relationships between physical quantities (HSW5). The analysis of motion gives many opportunities to link to How Science Works. Examples relate to detecting the speed of moving vehicles, stopping distances and freefall.
Assessment: Practical activities are embedded within the learning outcomes of the course to encourage practical activities in the classroom which contribute to the achievement of the Practical Endorsement. The PAG assessed in this unit is PAG1 Investigating motion. After completing this unit, students will sit a 20 minute test covering 3.1.1 Kinematics, 3.1.2 Linear motion and 3.1.3 Projectile motion (AO1, AO2, AO3).Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Module 3 - Forces in action
This section provides knowledge and understanding of the motion of an object when it experiences several forces and also the equilibrium of an object. Learners will also learn how pressure differences give rise to an upthrust on an object in a fluid. There are opportunities to consider contemporary applications of terminal velocity, moments, couples, pressure, and Archimedes principle (HSW6, 7, 9, 11, 12).
Assessment: Practical activities are embedded within the learning outcomes of the course to encourage practical activities in the classroom which contribute to the achievement of the Practical Endorsement. The PAG assessed in this unit are PAG1 Investigating motion. After completing this unit, students will sit a 20 minute test covering 3.2.1 Dynamics, 3.2.2 Motion with non-uniform acceleration, 3.2.3 Equilibrium and 3.2.4 Density and pressure (AO1, AO2, AO3).Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Module 3 - Materials
This section examines the physical properties of springs and materials. Learners can carry out a range of experimental work to enhance their knowledge and skills, including the management of risks and analysis of data to provide evidence for relationships between physical quantities.
Assessment: Practical activities are embedded within the learning outcomes of the course to encourage practical activities in the classroom which contribute to the achievement of the Practical Endorsement. The PAGs assessed in this unit are PAG2 Investigating properties of materials. After completing this unit, students will sit a 20 minute test covering 3.4.1 Springs and 3.4.2 Mechanical properties of matter (AO1, AO2, AO3).Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Module 3 - Newton
This section provides knowledge and understanding of Newton’s laws – fundamental laws that can be used to predict the motion of all colliding or interacting objects in applications such as sport (HSW1, 2). Newton’s law can also be used to understand some of the safety features in cars, such as air bags, and to evaluate the benefits and risks of such features (HSW9). Learners should be aware that the introduction of mandatory safety features in cars is a consequence of the scientific community analysing the forces involved in collisions and investigating potential solutions to reduce the likelihood of personal injury (HSW10, 11, 12).
Assessment: Practical activities are embedded within the learning outcomes of the course to encourage practical activities in the classroom which contribute to the achievement of the Practical Endorsement. There are no associated PAGs assessed in this unit. After completing this unit, students will sit a 20 minute test covering 3.5.1. Newton's Laws of motion and 3.5.2 Colllisions (AO1, AO2, AO3).Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Module 4 - Charge and current
This short section introduces the ideas of charge and current. Understanding electric current is essential when dealing with electrical circuits. This section does not lend itself to practical work but to introducing important ideas. The continuity equation (I = Anev) is developed using these key ideas. This section concludes with categorising all materials in terms of their ability to conduct.
Assessment: Practical activities are embedded within the learning outcomes of the course to encourage practical activities in the classroom which contribute to the achievement of the Practical Endorsement. There are no associated PAGs assessed in this unit. After completing this unit, students will sit a 20 minute test covering 4.1.1 Charge and 4.1.2 Mean drift velocity (AO1, AO2, AO3).Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Module 4 - Energy, power and resistance
This section provides knowledge and understanding of electrical symbols, electromotive force, potential difference, resistivity and power. The scientific vocabulary developed here is a prerequisite for understanding electrical circuits in 4.3. There is a desire to use energy saving devices, such as LED lamps, in homes. Learners have the opportunity to understand the link between environmental damage from power stations and the impetus to use energy saving devices in the home (HSW10) and how customers can make informed decisions when buying domestic appliances (HSW12).
Assessment: Practical activities are embedded within the learning outcomes of the course to encourage practical activities in the classroom which contribute to the achievement of the Practical Endorsement. The PAG assessed in this unit is PAG3 Investigating electrical properties. After completing this unit, students will sit a 20 minute test covering 4.2.1. circuit symbols, 4.2.2 e.m.f. and p.d., 4.2.3 Resistance, 4.2.4 Resistivity and 4.2.5 Power (AO1, AO2, AO3).Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Module 3 - Work, Energy and Power
Words like energy, power and work have very precise meaning in physics. In this section the important link between work done and energy is explored. Learners have the opportunity to apply the important principle of conservation of energy to a range of situations. The analysis of energy transfers provides the opportunity for calculations of efficiency and the subsequent evaluation of issues relating to the individual and society (HSW2, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12).
Assessment: Practical activities are embedded within the learning outcomes of the course to encourage practical activities in the classroom which contribute to the achievement of the Practical Endorsement. There are not associated PAGs assessed in this unit. After completing this unit, students will sit a 20 minute test covering 3.3.1. Work and conservation of energy, 3.3.2 Kinetic and potential energies and 3.3.3 Power (AO1, AO2, AO3).Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Module 4 - Electrical circuits
This section provides knowledge and understanding of electrical circuits, internal resistance and potential dividers. LDRs and thermistors are used to show how changes in light intensity and temperature respectively can be monitored using potential dividers. Setting up electrical circuits, including potential divider circuits, provides an ideal way of enhancing experimental skills, understanding electrical concepts and managing risks when using power supplies (HSW4). Learners are encouraged to communicate scientific ideas using appropriate terminology (HSW8).This section provides ample opportunities for learners to design circuits and carry out appropriate testing for faults and there are opportunities to study the many applications of electrical circuits (HSW1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 12).
Assessment: Practical activities are embedded within the learning outcomes of the course to encourage practical activities in the classroom which contribute to the achievement of the Practical Endorsement. The PAG assessed in this unit is PAG4 Investigating electrical circuits. After completing this unit, students will sit a 20 minute test covering 4.3.1 Series and parallel, 4.3.2 internal resistance and 4.3.3 Potential dividers (AO1, AO2, AO3).Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Module 4 - Waves
This section provides knowledge and understanding of wave properties, electromagnetic waves, superposition and stationary waves. The wavelength of visible light is too small to be measured directly using a ruler. However, superposition experiments can be done in the laboratory to determine wavelength of visible light using a laser and a double slit. There are opportunities to discuss how the double-slit experiment demonstrated the wave-like behaviour of light (HSW7). The breadth of the topic covering sound waves and the electromagnetic spectrum provides scope for learners to appreciate the wide ranging applications of waves and their properties. (HSW1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 12)
Assessment: Practical activities are embedded within the learning outcomes of the course to encourage practical activities in the classroom which contribute to the achievement of the Practical Endorsement. The PAGs assessed in this unit are PAG5 Investigating waves and PAG6 Investigating quantum effects. After completing this unit, students will sit a 20 minute test covering 4.4.1 wave motion, 4.4.2 electromagnetic waves, 4.4.3 Superposition and 4.4.4 Stationary waves (AO1, AO2, AO3).Key Words and Terms
 

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