Physics (Y12-13)


Physics is the science that is of immediate relevance to everyday life, allowing you to make sense of many environmental and technological issues, whilst at the same time addressing momentous questions concerning the existence and properties of the Universe; not quite the answer to everything - but almost.

The appeal of Physics lies in the beauty of its logic. In addition it involves creativity since originality and imagination are vital for developing novel solutions to problems, theoretical explanations and experimental approaches.

Physics today is a truly international enterprise with constant communication and co-operation between physicists in different countries.

You will be considering this, as well as the contributions of physicists of many nationalities and cultures, as theories have developed over the centuries.

The technological applications of Physics have a huge impact across the globe and you will investigate this, discussing issues such as the importance of using science in an equitable way to make the world a fairer place.

We will be pursuing links with schools overseas, and so you may have opportunities to correspond with Physics students in other countries and hence develop a deeper international perspective on all aspects of science.

Year 12/13 IB

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Term 1a Term 1b Term 2a Term 2b Term 3a Term 3b
Year 12 Measurements and uncertainties
Measurements in physics Uncertainties and errors Vectors and scalars
Work, energy, and power Momentum and impulse
Thermal Physics
Circular Motion and Gravitation
Thermal concepts
Modelling a gas
Travelling waves
Wave characteristics
Wave behaviour
Circular motion
Newton’s law of gravitation
Electricity and Magnetism
Atomic, nuclear and particle physics
Group 4 Project
Electric fields
Heating effect of electric currents
Electric cells
Discrete energy and radioactivity
Nuclear reactions
The structure of matter
Year 13 Energy production
Wave phenomena
Group 4 Project
Energy sources Thermal energy transfer Simple harmonic motion Single -slit diffraction
Doppler effect
Electromagnetic induction
Describing fields
Fields at work
Electromagnetic induction
Power generation and transmission
Electromagnetic induction
Quantum and nuclear physics
Capacitance The interaction of matter with radiation
Nuclear physics
The beginnings of relativity
Lorentz transformations Spacetime diagrams
Relativistic mechanics
General relativity
Review and exam preparation