# Concise Revision Course: CSEC® Physics

By Peter DeFreitas
Book Description

The CSEC® Physics Concise Revision Course provides full coverage of the CSEC® Physics syllabus. This book provides comprehensive and authoritative guidance for the course. It adopts a practical, supportive approach to help students with their learning. Revision exam and assessment guidance questions throughout consolidate this learning.

• Comprehensive coverage of the CSEC® Physics course, presented in an engaging, full- color format

• Revision questions at the end of each topic help to secure knowledge and understanding

• Exam-style questions at the end of each section provide effective practice for the actual exam

• Cover
• Title Page
• Contents
• Failure is not an option
• 1 Scientifi c method
• Galileo’s contribution to scientific methodology
• Experimental data and its analysis
• Drawing graphs
• Finding the gradient (slope) of a straight-line graph
• Significant figures in measurements and calculations
• Random errors
• Systematic errors
• Reading measuring instruments
• Suitability of instruments
• Quantities and units
• Density
• Revision questions
• 2 Scalars and vectors
• Finding the resultant of two vectors
• Resolving vectors into two perpendicular components
• Revision questions
• 3 Forces, mass and weight
• Forces
• Mass and weight
• Revision questions
• 4 Moments
• Calculations on the equilibrium of bodies
• Determining the centre of gravity of an object
• Stable, unstable and neutral equilibrium
• Common devices utilising the principle of moments
• Revision questions
• 5 Deformation
• Verifying Hooke’s law
• Analysing force–extension graphs
• Revision questions
• 6 Kinematics
• Displacement–time and velocity–time graphs
• Distance–time and speed–time graphs
• Revision questions
• 7 Newton’s laws and momentum
• Aristotle’s theory
• Newton’s laws of motion
• Applications of Newton’s laws
• Momentum
• Revision questions
• 8 Energy
• Some types of energy
• The principle of conservation of energy
• Energy sources
• Efficiency
• Revision questions
• 9 Pressure and buoyancy
• Pressure in fluids
• Archimedes’ principle
• Floating
• Submarines
• Balloons
• Revision questions
• Exam-style questions – Chapters 1 to 9
• 10 Nature of heat
• Caloric theory
• Kinetic theory
• Joule’s role in establishing the principle of conservation of energy
• Revision questions
• 11 Temperature and thermometers
• Units of temperature
• Designing a thermometer
• Laboratory mercury thermometer
• Clinical mercury thermometer
• Thermocouple
• Revision questions
• 12 States of matter
• Solids
• Liquids
• Gases
• Revision questions
• 13 Expansion
• Expansion in terms of the kinetic theory of matter
• Demonstrating expansion
• Utilising expansion
• Avoiding problems due to expansion
• The bimetallic strip
• Revision questions
• 14 The ideal gas laws
• Temperature scales
• The ideal gas laws
• Verifying the gas laws
• Gases and the kinetic theory
• Revision questions
• 15 Heat and temperature change
• Calculations
• Determining specific heat capacity
• Revision questions
• 16 Heat and state change
• Demonstrating a change of state
• Latent heat
• Determining specific latent heat
• Revision questions
• 17 Evaporation and boiling
• Cooling due to evaporation
• Factors affecting the rate of evaporation
• Demonstrating cooling due to evaporation
• Refrigerator
• Air conditioner
• Other phenomena involving latent heat
• Revision questions
• 18 Thermal energy transfer
• Processes of thermal energy transfer
• Conduction
• Convection
• Applications of thermal energy transfer processes
• Revision questions
• Exam-style questions – Chapters 10 to 18
• 19 Wave motion
• Types of waves
• Wave parameters
• General wave equations
• Graphs of waves
• Revision questions
• 20 Sound waves
• Production and propagation
• Pitch and loudness (volume)
• Classification of frequencies of sound
• Uses of ultrasound
• Estimating the speed of sound in air using echoes
• Other uses of echoes
• Behaviour of sound waves
• Revision questions
• 21 Electromagnetic waves
• General properties of electromagnetic waves
• Wavelengths and frequencies of the electromagnetic spectrum
• Uses of electromagnetic waves
• Revision questions
• 22 Light waves
• Rival theories of light
• Diffraction and interference
• Revision questions
• 23 Light rays and rectilinear propagation
• Eclipse of the Moon
• Eclipse of the Sun
• The pinhole camera
• Revision questions
• 24 Refl ection and refraction
• Reflection
• Refraction
• Dispersion
• Critical angle and total internal reflection
• Revision questions
• 25 Lenses
• Magnification
• Determining the focal length of a converging lens
• Real and virtual images
• Constructing scale diagrams
• The lens formula
• Revision questions
• Exam-style questions – Chapters 19 to 25
• 26 Static electricity
• Introduction to electric charges
• Hazards of static charge
• Useful applications of static charge
• Electric fields
• Revision questions
• 27 Current electricity
• Conductors and insulators
• Conventional current and electron flow
• Alternating and direct current
• Revision questions
• 28 Electrical quantities
• Electromotive force and potential difference in a circuit
• Electrical power
• Importance of conserving electrical energy
• Revision questions
• 29 Circuits and components
• Some important electrical components
• Series and parallel circuits
• Cells
• Resistance
• Ideal ammeters and voltmeters
• Ohm’s law and I–V characteristic curves
• Current and voltage in complete circuits
• Energy and power in complete circuits
• Electricity in the home
• Revision questions
• 30 Electronics
• Rectification
• Logic gates
• Impact of electronic and technological advances in society
• Revision questions
• 31 Magnetism
• Forces between magnetic poles
• Magnetic induction
• Testing for polarity
• Permanent and temporary magnets
• Magnetic fields
• Revision questions
• 32 Electromagnetism
• Magnetic fields and electric currents
• Electromagnets
• Force on a current-carrying conductor in a magnetic field
• Deflection of charged particles entering a magnetic field
• Simple dc motor
• Electromagnetic induction
• Transferring electrical energy between coils
• Simple ac generator
• Transformer
• Long-distance ac distribution
• Revision questions
• Exam-style questions – Chapters 26 to 32
• 33 The atom
• Models of the atom
• Structure of the atom
• Revision questions
• Equations of radioactive decay
• The nature of the radioactive decay process
• Calculations involving half-life
• Uses of radioisotopes
• Nuclear fission and fusion
• Hazards of ionising radiations
• Revision questions
• Exam-style questions – Chapters 33 to 34
• Index
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