Year 11 Introduction to A Level Physics

hello you're 11 I hope you're doing well

well as well as you can be in these

difficult times now I never thought that

your exams would be canceled it's never

happened when I've been teaching it's

never happened in my lifetime but that's

where we are at the moment but what I've

done is I've put some material together

to support you if you're thinking about

doing a little physics next year which

by the way you should consider because

GCSE physics is good on this better than

chemistry and biology but it's nowhere

near as good as a level physics because

to be honest we can alight ooh a bit we

kind of have some very simple models and

when it gets on to a level you suddenly

realize that there are so many more

interesting bits that we've never taught

you before so not just the stuff you do

maybe at the end of year 13 where we're

looking at space and particle physics

and things like that but even the stuff

that you're doing in year 12 you go into

a lot more detail than you do at GCSE

now I'm going to put some sessions

together to help hopefully support you

over the summer so by the time you start

back in school you know kind of what's

going to be happening so you're not too

far behind now if you know where you're

going to be going to sixth form maybe

it's a school where you're currently at

at the moment maybe you could email or

contact the teachers to find out what

work they want you to do but there's

basically some things that everybody

should be thinking about as they prepare

for a level physics in the future so

just let me just give a very brief

overview of what a level physics is

first of all there are different exam

boards so there's OCR a QA Edexcel wjc

Educare CIE there are loads of different

exam boards but pretty much everybody

follows the same stuff in year 12 and

there's maybe a few options in year 13

where some people do optional topics but

it doesn't really matter because

effectively everybody doing a level

physics will go on to do the same type

types of degrees at university so first

of all don't worry too much about which

exam board you're doing they all roughly

work in the same way where you have

different content that might be taught

by a couple of teachers at school so now

you're probably used having one physics

teacher you might not have two different

teachers and they they sort of share how

they teach that course

author you get a lot more physics

lessons than you would have done at GCSE

so you probably have maybe four lessons

a week depending again on how your

school timetable works but basically

there's going to be lots and lots of

physics and the good thing is that

probably 95% of students doing a little

physics do a level maths as well and the

two subjects will really support each

other if you're looking at equations of

motion that we call the sievert

equations you might have seen some of

this that GCSE but you'll be doing it in

the GCSE maths at the a-level maths

classroom and the a-level physics

classroom and the two things really kind

of go together quite well so if you're

thinking about doing a level of physics

then it's worth doing a level maths as

well especially if you want to go on to

do engineering or physics or some

subject like that in the future now in

terms of the exams this depends if

you're in England or another country

there are a s levels which stand for

advanced subsidiary levels and these

ones here are becoming less popular

because in England they don't count

towards your final grade now some

students do them and they're really good

because it means on your you cast

application which you might be putting

in for University

when you put that application in to your

university they can already see some

grades that you've currently got so some

schools do that some don't but you're

going to be learning the same content

anyway and then at the end of year 13 is

when you normally have three exams so if

you're in England you'd have three

two-hour exam so six hours of exams in

total if you're in Wales then the a/s

levels count towards your final grades

you maybe have some exams in year 12 and

some exams in year 13 again the details

don't really matter what's important is

that you're thinking about doing physics

and therefore what you need to do over

the summer is try and prepare your way

of thinking so when you sit in that new

classroom it's not suddenly too daunting

now the content you're going to be doing

well first of all some of it is pretty

much what you've done already at GCSE so

it might be looking at Ohm's law about

the resistance is equal to V divided by

I but what you'll be doing is that the

same kind of physics at a higher


which is really nice - it gets really

interesting you also be learning about

topics that are similar to what you've

been learning about perhaps waves but

now we learn about new things so rather

than just having waves that transfer

energy and this is what we call a

progressive wave we also have waves that

store energy called standing waves and a

lot of you might be familiar with a

practical way you had a string that was

vibrating and you looked at the

wavelength to work out the speed of the

wave on that string well this is an

example of a standing wave we also look

at things like diffraction which is wave

spreading out and then waves interfering

with things like double slits and

diffraction gratings so really

interesting stuff and then also you can

be looking at new topics so maybe

electric fields and what happens if you

put charged particles and electric

fields or magnetic fields there's loads

and loads of stuff that just gets

progressively more and more interesting

and then that's really useful and when

you're looking at things like nuclear

physics when you're looking at space and

astrophysics it's just so much better

than GCSE so just trust me on that and

therefore it's important that you just

have a go to it and you know if you've

done well at GCSE and you're wanting to

work hard you can do well at a-level

so what I've got are some sessions

coming up over the next few weeks now

these are not compulsory because I'm not

going to check if you do it but they're

often recommended by some physics

teachers to say you know if you want

some extra support if you want some work

to do have a go at these sessions and

you can do them now you can do it when

I'm doing live streams on YouTube to

support each session or you can do it

over there I suppose summer holidays

between sort of this term and a starter

next time gets really up to you but

basically in these sessions what I'm

going to do is I suppose cover some of

that work and this includes revising

what you currently know at GCSE so a lot

of it might not be new knowledge but it

might just be revising some of the

important stuff that you maybe did a

couple of years ago so we're looking at

revising that material from GCSE and

actually making sure you understand it

that's important you need to understand

it not just know some facts

well I'm then going to do is actually I

suppose show how that material leads

onto a level so when we're looking at

forces for example we might know that if

you've got a force upwards and

fourth to the side the resultant is

going to be somewhere over there but how

can we show that mathematically using

trigonometry all the time how can we

show if you've got a force here and a

force there how can you show

mathematically the resultant of those

two forces

so this is just building up a little bit

on what you currently know and I suppose

the main thing you can do is have a go

at some questions and the questions I'm

going to be setting you are ones that

you can work through independently it

tells you if they're correct or not and

it also shows you there's lots more

questions for you to have a go at now to

support this and the videos I'm making

and the live streams and the stuff on my

website there are some books that it's

worth considering the first one here has

been written for youth by a teacher and

it's so much better than anything that I

could write so this one here is about

preparing for the challenge of a level

physics it's by Kip Betts masters he's

got another YouTube channel called

gorilla physics and if you're thinking

about doing a level physics then you

should read this book I've got another

video explaining this book in a little

bit more detail the other thing that I'm

going to go on about is Isaac physics

now some of you might be familiar with

this from the GCSE book some of you

might have found it a little bit

difficult at GCSE because this is quite

challenging work but this is the perfect

quality and standard of physics that you

should be able to do as you're bridging

that gap between GCSE and a-level so

what I'm going to be doing is setting

you some work from the GCSE Isaac

physics book and also there's lots of

videos to support this because I made

about ninety two videos that support

every chapter in this book so if you if

you get stuck on something there's one

video that I've got as well as you can

maybe you know now you're kind of

working at a high level you can actually

get on with some of this but also this

is going to be really useful for a level

I know that because I forced my students

to use this when they were doing a level

and they got on with it and they did

really really well okay so this one here

is about mastering pre-university

physics so that's a level this has

hundreds more questions at a slightly

higher demand than this book over here

so I'm going to set some questions from

this book as well that you'll be able to

do as well as some other level one

students on the Isaac physics website

now the good thing about this is that

anybody if you're watching this video

you've got an internet connection that

means you can't access everything in in

Isaac physics because it's all online

and you can also read this book online

as well or you can buy the hard copy

like I did so what I'm going to be doing

is setting up some sessions for you to

have a go at now if you've got the end

of this video that is brilliant

that means at least you're a little bit

motivated and I'm going to do what I can

to help you over the coming months kind

of bridging that gap between GCSE which

is good an a-level which is so much

better and if you're maybe you know

really wanting to kind of see the kind

of lessons and the kind of some of the

subjects you'll be doing at a level I've

got hundreds and hundreds of videos that

support the whole course at a-level

physics online so it's bad times it's

not ideal

but I know if you're motivated and you

want to work independently you can learn

a huge amount which means when you start

your a levels in September then you'll

be in a good place so that means that

means I suppose you actually do a lot


in the short term and then I suppose the

longer term as well so thank you for

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