I.B. PHYSICS (Brief outline of program)
Measurement and Uncertainty
limits to precision; random and systematic uncertainties (errors); precision and accuracy; graphical techniques; vectors and scalars…
kinematics: (displacement, speed, velocity, acceleration); motion (relative motion); force, mass and acceleration; Newton’s laws of motion; equilibrium of forces; friction; projectiles; circular motion, gravitation; work, energy and power; conservation of energy and momentum; orbital motion;…
temperature and temperature scales; heat and its effects; heat capacity; specific heat capacity; latent heat; inter-molecular forces and potential energies; the gas laws; the laws of thermodynamics; entropy; heat engines; refrigerators; the simple kinetic theory of matter…
travelling waves; standing (stationary) waves; reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction; Huygen’s principle; the Doppler effect; beats; the Schrödinger model of the hydrogen atom; x rays…
Electricity and Magnetism
static electricity; the gold leaf electro-scope, lightning rods etc; electric fields and potential difference; electric current (Kirchhoff's laws and Ohm's law etc); electro-magnetism; magnetic field "shapes"; electro-magnetic-induction; Faraday’s Law (Neumann’s Law); Lenz’s Law; simple a.c. electric generators; simple d.c. motor…
Atomic and Nuclear Physics
the electron and its properties; Millikan’s experiment; electro-magnetic radiation and quantum theory; the Bohr model of the atom; the de Broglie hypothesis (wave particle duality); radio-activity (half-life); Einstein's mass-energy relation; fission and fusion of nuclei; particle accelerators; the discovery of the proton; the discovery of the neutron; energy levels in the nucleus;
anti-particles; mass spectrometer;
decay and the neutrino; the quark theory (exchange particles as force carriers…
The two options you will be studying in lessons are
Other topics which will also be covered in the exam are: Bio-medical physics, The History and Development of Physics, Astro-physics. Anyone wanting to attempt questions on these topics in the final exam should see me for a copy of the program.
Paper 1: 1 h 20% of total
40 multiple choice questions.
Paper 2: 2¼ h 36% of total
Section A (about ¾ h)
One data based question and several short answer questions, all compulsory.
Section B (about 1½ h)
Two extended response questions from a choice of four questions.
Paper 3: 1¼ h 20% of total
Several short answer or structured questions and one extended response question in each of the optional topics
24% of total
Assessed by the teacher. More detail will be given later.
N.B. Calculators are not allowed for Paper 1.
Calculators are needed for Paper 2 and Paper 3.
Programmable/Graphic calculators are allowed