Physics 3 Coursework

Physics is a practical subject.  While it is possible to do Physics without attempting any practical work, the subject does not come alive.  Most people learn effectively by trying things out (myself included).  On one occasion I was asked a question during an interview that made me struggle and splutter.  Later I tried out out and the answer hit me like a hammer.  But a day-and-a-half too late.

The method of assessment between the examination boards vary considerably.  For example, the Edexcel B syllabus (Salters Horners) requires AS students to write up a field trip to an industry that uses physics.  OCR have a range of qualitative and quantitative exercises.  AQA uses an examination approach.

These notes are written for AQA students, although much of the material will be relevant to other students.

Tutorial 1 Why do Practical Work? Go
Tutorial 2 Practical Skills Assessments Go
Tutorial 3 Presentation of Data Go
Tutorial 4 Scientific Method Go
Tutorial 5 Uncertainty Go
Tutorial 6 ISA and EMPA Go

AS Data Sheet (.pdf file).  Click on the PDF icon.  Download it, print it off, and use it whenever you do a test. 

It will also make very good lavatory reading.  Knowing where a formula can be found will help you no end in the exam.

Example of A-grade course work (Edexcel B syllabus)

I am most grateful to Stephen Lucas, a past student of mine, for his kind permission to use this resource.

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