Physics

Physics Senior Phase

S4 - S6

 

ADVANCED HIGHER PHYSICS

 

Course description

Rotational Motion and Astrophysics

This unit develops knowledge and understanding and skills in physics related to rotational motion and astrophysics. It provides opportunities to develop and apply concepts and principles in a wide variety of situations involving angular motion. An astronomical perspective is developed through a study of gravitation, leading to work on general relativity and stellar physics.

 

Quanta and Waves

This unit develops knowledge and understanding and skills in physics related to quanta and waves. It provides opportunities to develop and apply concepts and principles in a wide variety of situations involving quantum theory and waves. The Unit introduces non-classical physics and considers the origin and composition of cosmic radiation. Simple harmonic motion is introduced and work on wave theory is developed.

 

Electromagnetism

This unit develops knowledge and understanding and skills in physics related to electromagnetism. It provides opportunities to develop and apply concepts and principles in a wide variety of situations involving electromagnetism. The Unit develops knowledge and understanding of electric and magnetic fields and capacitors and inductors used in d.c. and a.c. circuits.

 

Investigating Physics

In this unit, learners will develop key investigative skills. The Unit offers opportunities for independent learning set within the context of experimental physics. Learners will identify, research, plan and carry out a physics investigation of their choice.

 

HIGHER

Course Description

 

Our Dynamic Universe

The general aim of each unit is to develop skills of scientific inquiry, investigation and analytical thinking, along with knowledge and understanding of our dynamic universe. Learners will apply these skills when considering the applications of our dynamic universe on our lives, as well as the implications on society/the environment.

 

Particles and Waves

The general aim of this unit is to develop skills of scientific inquiry, investigation and analytical thinking, along with knowledge and understanding of particles and waves. Learners will apply these skills when considering the applications of particles and waves on our lives, as well as the implications on society/the environment.

 

Electricity

The general aim of this Unit is to develop skills of scientific inquiry, investigation and analytical thinking, along with knowledge and understanding of electricity. Learners will apply these skills when considering the applications of electricity on our lives, as well as the implications on society/the environment.

 

Researching Physics

The general aim of this unit is to develop skills relevant to undertaking research in Physics. Learners will collect and synthesize information from different sources, plan and undertake a practical investigation, analyse results and communicate information related to their findings. They will also consider any applications of the physics involved and implications for society/ the environment.

 

NATIONAL 5 Physics

 

Course Description

 

The general aim of each unit is to develop skills of scientific inquiry, investigation and analytical thinking, along with knowledge and understanding of waves and radiation. Learners will apply these skills when considering the applications of waves and radiation on our lives, as well as the implications on society/the environment. This can be done by using a variety of approaches, including investigation and problem solving.

 

Electricity and Energy

The unit covers the key areas of energy transfer, heat and the gas laws. Learners will research issues, apply scientific skills and communicate information related to their findings, which will develop skills of scientific literacy.

 

Waves and Radiation

The unit covers the key areas of waves and nuclear radiation. Learners will research issues, apply scientific skills and communicate information related to their findings, which will develop skills of scientific literacy.

 

Dynamics and Space

The unit covers the key areas of kinematics, forces and space. Learners will research issues, apply scientific skills and communicate information related to their findings, which will develop skills of scientific literacy.

 

 

 

NATIONAL 3 / 4 Physics

 

Course Description

In each unit, learners develop skills of scientific inquiry, investigation and analytical thinking, along with knowledge and understanding of electricity and energy. Learners will apply these skills when considering the applications of electricity and energy on our lives, as well as the implications on society/the environment. This can be done by using a variety of approaches, including investigation and problem solving.

 

Units

Electricity and Energy

The Unit covers the key areas of generation of electricity, electrical power, electromagnetism, practical electrical and electronic circuits, gas laws and the kinetic model. Learners will research issues, apply scientific skills and communicate information related to their findings, which will develop skills of scientific literacy.

 

Waves and Radiation

The Unit covers the key areas wave characteristics, sound, electromagnetic spectrum and nuclear radiation. Learners will research issues, apply scientific skills and communicate information related to their findings, which will develop skills of scientific literacy.

 

Dynamics and Space

The Unit covers the key areas of speed and acceleration, relationships between forces, motion and energy, satellites and cosmology. Learners will research issues, apply scientific skills and communicate information related to their findings, which will develop skills of scientific literacy.

 

Physics - Useful Science Websites

 

SQA parent guide can be found on their website Nutshell series.

http://www.npfs.org.uk/nationals-in-a-nutshell

 

Flashcards

Tiny cards is an electronic version

https://tinycards.duolingo.com

SQA

For our senior school the most important website is the SQA for all information regarding course work, assessment and past papers /marking instructions.

https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/70972.html

 

Scholar (Higher and Advanced Higher only)

Course material and short electronic assessments

https://scholar.hw.ac.uk

 

BBC Bitesize – Scotland

Provides information at a basic level for our courses north of the border. However, these is useful science to be accessed on the Bitesize GCSE sites, just be careful our Scottish content can be different.

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize

 

QUIZLET
Interactive revision of key terminology.

Quizlet makes simple learning tools that let you study anything. Start learning today with flashcards, games and learning tools

https://quizlet.com/en-gb

 

Plickers - formative assessment tool using QR codes that pupils have in their jotters

https://www.plickers.com/

 

Spiral.ac - pupils can collaborate on creating presentations to show to the class

https://spiral.ac/ 

 

Professor Dave youtube channel - youtube tutorials for national 5 and higher physics

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0cd_-e49hZpWLH3UIwoWRA

 

My world of work - career options linked to topics covered in class

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https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/  

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