Index of my School/College Physics Revision Notes age ~14-16 GCSE level

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Doc Brown's GCSE Physics Revision Study Notes

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Energy - types, sources, uses

Heat - conduction, convection, radiation, specific heat

Energy resources, energy transfers, work done & electrical power supply

Types of energy & stores - examples compared/explained, calculations of mechanical work done & power

Chemical energy stores  * Elastic potential energy stores and calculations

Electrical & electrostatic energy stores  *  Gravitational potential energy and calculations

Kinetic energy stores and calculations  *  Nuclear energy store

Thermal energy stores  *  Light energy  * Sound energy  * Magnetic energy stores

Renewable energy (3) Wave power and tidal barrage power, advantages and disadvantages

energy pages 5 and 6 spare

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Heat Transfer: Explaining physical changes & physical properties using particle models

Much of this is to do with thermal energy ('heat') transfers from one store to another

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Electricity and magnetism revision notes index

(7 parts)

(5 parts)

(5 parts)

9. Magnetism - magnetic materials - temporary (induced) and permanent magnets - uses

electricity 7 page spare

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States of matter, state changes and gas laws revision notes index

Particle models of gases–liquids–solids, explaining properties, state changes (GCSE chemistry notes)

Particle theory models, internal energy, heat transfer in state changes and latent heat and particle motion in gases and gas pressure (written more from a GCSE 'physics' point of view) (= heat Part 4 page)

P-V-T pressure-volume-temperature gas laws and calculations (revision notes for physicists or chemists!)

The density of materials and the particle model of matter (= heat Part 5 page)

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WAVES - electromagnetic radiation, sound, optics-lenses, light and astronomy

General introduction to the types and properties of waves, ripple tank expts, how to do wave calculations

Optics - types of lenses (convex, concave, uses), experiments and ray diagrams, correction of eye defects

The Structure of the Earth, crust, mantle, core and earthquake waves (seismic wave analysis)

Astronomy - solar system, planets, moons, stars, galaxies and use of telescopes and satellites

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6. Pressure P = F/A calculations in various solid situations, pressure in fluids and hydraulic systems

7. Pressure & upthrust in fluids, why objects float/sink? Variation of atmospheric pressure with height

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KS3 PHYSICS SCIENCE QUIZZES prior to GCSE level course

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Motion and associated forces (including Newton's Laws of Motion)

3. Acceleration, friction, drag effects and terminal velocity experiments, falling object experiments

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Appendix 1 - UNITS

Most GCSE physics courses will expect you to know and be able to use the following units

Be able to recall and use the following SI units:

metre, unit symbol: m;   kilogram unit symbol: kg;   second unit symbol: s

ampere unit symbol: A;  kelvin unit symbol: K;   mole unit symbol: mol;

AND some derived units with special names: name unit abbreviation:

Frequency hertz Hz,  Force newton N, Energy joule J, Power watt W,

Pressure pascal Pa, Electric charge coulomb C

Electric potential difference volt V,  Electric resistance ohm Ω,  Magnetic flux density tesla T

Be able to recall and use multiples and sub-multiples of units, including using, with prefix letter:

giga (G, 109),  mega (M, 106),  kilo (k, 103), centi  (c, 10-2),  milli (m, 10-3),  micro (μ, 10-6)  and  nano (n, 10-9)

Be able to convert between different units, including hours to seconds.

Be able to use significant figures and standard form where appropriate

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Appendix 2 The numbers game! Using numerical equivalents

e.g.: 1 µm 10-6 m, 1 nm 1.0 x 10-9 m, 1 mm 1.0 x 10-3 m, 1 cm 1.0 x 10-2 m,

1 m 1.0 x 106 µm, 1 m 1.0 x 109 nm, 1 mm 1.0 x 103 µm, 1 cm 1.0 x 104 µm, 1 m 1.0 x 106 µm (etc.!)

Numerical prefixes you should know for your gcse science-physics courses

10n Prefix 10n Prefix
1024 yotta 10-1 deci (d)
1021 zetta 10-2 centi (c)
1018 exa 10-3 milli (m)
1015 peta 10-6 micro (µ)
1012 tera (T) 10-9 nano (n)
109 giga (G) 10-12 pico (p)
106 mega (M) 10-15 femto
103 kilo (k) 10-18 atto
100 (none) 10-21 zepto

Another numbers game that can cost you marks in an exam!

Significant figures and what is legitimate to quote for a final numerical answer

Since many sections of physics involve calculations, significant figure quotation should follow the rule:

Significant figures (s.f.) is the limit of numerical accuracy you can be sure of e.g.

If the data numbers in a question are 20, 25, 0.125, 678, 1.234, you can only quote the final answer to the nearest 2 sf - dictated by the 20 (only quoted to 2 s.f.) even though the data is quoted to 3 or 4 significant figures..

If the question data said 20.0, you could still only quote the final answer to 2 s.f. because of the 25.

If the question data said 20.0 and 25.1, you could then quote the final answer to 3 s.f.

Any intermediate working is not governed by this convention, only the final answer to a specific calculation.

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LINKS for my revision pages for the GCSE 9-1 science-physics courses

Revision Summaries for the new GCSE PHYSICS/combined science physics courses

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AQA GCSE Physics 8463 1st Paper Topics 1-4 or

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