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Physics Challenge

GCSE, AS and A2 Physics pupils were given the opportunity to take part in Physics Challenges, organised by Oxford University.
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Lurgan College
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Physics Department

Head of Department: Mrs. J. Jenks
Mrs Rowlinson
Mr. D. Patterson

Physics

Physics is all around us. It is in the electric light you turn on in the morning, the bus that brings you to school, your watch, mobile phone, iPod, radio and TV. It explains how the stars shine every night and the sun every day.

Physics is the science of matter, energy, space and time. It describes the many forms of energy and the way energy can change from one form to another. It also describes the way objects can move through time and space.

There are many fields of physics, for example: mechanics, electricity, heat, sound, light, matter, atomic physics, nuclear physics and elementary particle physics! It is also important for medicine, computing, sport, TV ... the list goes on and on.

A physicist is not some person in a long, white coat, working on some weird experiment. They work for research labs, universities, private companies and government agencies. They teach, do research and develop new technologies. Physicists are good at solving problems. How does a mirror reflect light? What holds an atom together? How fast does a rocket have to go to escape from earth?


GCSE

Pupils will be entered for the GCSE Physics (higher tier) specification offered by CCEA. This GCSE is assessed by two examination papers at the end of Year 12 and a Controlled Assessment Task (25%).

The specification covers the following major areas

Unit 1 (35%)
Unit 2 (40%)

Force and Motion, Energy,

Moments and Radioactivity

Waves, Sound and Light,

Electricity, and the Earth and Universe

Each controlled assessment task has three parts:

  •  Part A – Planning and Risk Assessment
  •  Part B – Data Collection
  • Part C – Processing, Analysis and Evaluation

A LEVEL
Pupils will be entered for GCE AS and A2 Physics offered by CCEA.

AS Physics is taught in Year 13 and is assessed by two written theory papers (37% of AS or 18.5% of A2) and a practical exam at the end of the year (26% of AS or 13% of A2).
The topics covered include:

  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Waves
  • Photons
  • Medical physics

A2 Physics is taught in Year 14 and is assessed by two written theory papers (18.5% of A2) and a practical exam at the end of the year (13% of A2).
The topics covered include:

  • Momentum
  • Thermal physics
  • Circular motion
  • Oscillations
  • Atomic and nuclear physics
  • Fields and their application

Here are photos of GCSE, AS and A2 pupils who were awarded certificates after taking part in the 2014 British Physics Olympiad organised by Oxford University. 

 

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