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Unit 1: Mechanics and radioactivity AS and A This unit leads on from GCSE and covers rectilinear motion, forces and moments, Newton's first and third laws, dynamics, momentum, Newton's second law, mechanical energy, radioactive decay and the nuclear atom. Unit 2: Electricity and thermal physics AS and A This unit includes electric current and potential difference, electrical circuits, heating matter, specific heat capacity, specific latent heat, temperature, kinetic model of matter, conservation of energy, the first law of thermodynamics and efficiency. Unit 3: Topics AS and A Students study one out of the following four topics. 3A - Astrophysics Observing stars; the lives of stars. 3B - Solid materials Investigating materials; engineering materials. 3C - Nuclear and particle physics Stable and unstable nuclei; fundamental particles. 3D - Medical physics Nuclear medicine; X-rays and ultrasonics. Unit 4: Waves and our Universe A only This unit includes circular motion and oscillations, simple harmonic motion, waves, superposition of waves, quantum phenomena and the expanding Universe. Unit 5: Fields and forces A only The first part of this unit covers gravitational fields, electric fields, capacitance, magnetic fields, and electromagnetic induction. Unit 6: Synthesis A only This is a synoptic unit. Synoptic assessment involves the explicit drawing together of knowledge, understanding and skills learned in different parts of the Advanced GCE course. The emphasis of synoptic assessment is on understanding and application of the principles included in the specification. The first section of this unit compares springs and capacitors; electric and gravitational fields; capacitor discharge and radioactive decay, The second part, Accelerators, is intended to show how an area of modern physics unites different areas of physics, such as electric fields, circular motion and momentum. It should be regarded as illustrating applications of these areas. Both of these sections will be assessed synoptically as part of the synoptic test.

Unit 1: Mechanics and radioactivity AS and A This unit leads on from GCSE and covers rectilinear motion, forces and moments, Newton's first and third laws, dynamics, momentum, Newton's second law, mechanical energy, radioactive decay and the nuclear atom. Unit 2: Electricity and thermal physics AS and A This unit includes electric current and potential difference, electrical circuits, heating...

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