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Physics is the study of the universe around us. It seeks to ask how and why things happen. The level 4 Physics course covers a wide range of topics from the tiny particles that make up all matter to space exploration. We will consider how physics impacts our everyday lives through experimentation and investigation. Physics allows you to understand how power stations generate electricity, why seat belts save lives, how a rocket works, and much more!
Below is a list of the topics you will cover:
Science is an important part of our heritage and we use its applications every day in our lives at work, at leisure and in the home. Science and the application of science are central to our economic future and to our health and wellbeing as individuals and as a society. Scotland has a long tradition of scientific discovery, of innovation in the application of scientific discovery, and of the application of science in the protection and enhancement of the natural and built environment. Children and young people are fascinated by new discoveries and technologies and become increasingly aware of, and passionate about, the impact of science on their own health and wellbeing, the health of society and the health of the environment.
Through learning in the sciences, children and young people develop their interest in, and understanding of, the living, material and physical world. They engage in a wide range of collaborative investigative tasks, which allows them to develop important skills to become creative, inventive and enterprising adults in a world where the skills and knowledge of the sciences are needed across all sectors of the economy.
What can learning in the Sciences achieve for young people?
How is the Science Framework Structured?
What are the features of effective learning and teaching in Science?
In the sciences, effective learning and teaching will use a variety of approaches, including: AiFL, collaborative and independent learning, ICT, discussion, debate, external contributors, cross-curricular experiences & links. Whenever applicable and possible, learning will be through experimentation and reinforcement aiming to assist the:
How do we build on prior knowledge?
What are the broad features of assessment in the Sciences?
- Teacher observation of scientific technique development
- Science topic based experimental investigations & reporting
- Class presentations of pupil research & experimental results, both orally and written reports
- Pupil self-evaluation
- Discussion & debates
Connections with other areas of the curriculum
Useful websites for information on careers using Sciences
www.iop.org (Institute of Physics)
www.iob.org (Institute of Biology)
www.rsc.org/studentzone (Royal Society of Chemistry)
Many other useful websites exist for the Sciences, ask your teacher for some advice.
This course reinforces and extends the knowledge and understanding of the concepts of physics and related problem solving skills and practical abilities acquired at the Intermediate 2 and Standard Grade level by providing a deeper insight into the structure of the subject. The course endeavours to provide learning experiences leading to the acquisition of worthwhile knowledge, skills and attitudes.
While entry is at the discretion of the centre, students would normally be expected to have attained Standard Grade Physics at 1 or 2 (KU and PS) or Intermediate 2 Physics course or its component units and Standard Grade Mathematics at 1 or 2, or Intermediate 2 Mathematics course.
The course comprises three mandatory units (3 x 40 hours) plus 40 hours flexible time.
Mechanics and Properties of Matter (H) 40 hours
Content outline: vectors, equations of motion, Newton’s second law of “energy and power”, momentum and impulse, pressure and density, gas laws.
Electricity and Electronics (H) 40 hours
Content outline: electric fields and resistors in circuits, alternating current and voltage, capacitance, analogue electronics.
Radiation and Matter (H) 40 hours
Content outline: waves, refraction of light, optoelectronics and semiconductors, nuclear reactions, dosimetry and safety.
Physics: Intermediate 2
This course develops knowledge and understanding, problem solving skills and practical abilities in physics to Intermediate 2 level. It aims to develop the skills
While entry is at the discretion of the centre, students would normally be expected to have attained Standard Grade Physics at 3 or 4 (KU and PS) or Standard Grade Biology, Chemistry or Science at 1, 2 or 3 (KU or PS) or the Intermediate 1 Physics course or its component units and Standard Grade Mathematics at 3 or 4, or the Intermediate 1 Mathematics course.
The course comprises four mandatory units (2 x 40 hours and 2 x 20 hours), plus 40 hours flexible time. The knowledge and understanding and problem solving content is broadly similar to that of Standard Grade Physics although developed in a different context. Where appropriate, some straightforward concepts from the Higher Physics course are introduced.
Mechanics and Heat (Int 2) 40 hours
Content outline: kinematics, dynamics, momentum and energy heat.
Electricity and Electronics (Int 2) 40 hours
Content outline: circuits, electrical energy, electromagnetism, electronic components.
Waves and Optics (Int 2) 20 hours
Content outline: waves, reflection, refraction.
Radioactivity (Int 2) 20 hours
Content outline: ionising radiations, dosimetry, half life and safety, nuclear reactions.