Oxford University Press
Cambridge IGCSE® & O Level Essential Physics: Student Book (Third Edition)
Jim Breithaupt, Lawrie Ryan, Darren Forbes
Cambridge IGCSE® & O Level Essential Physics: Student Book (Third Edition)
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The Cambridge IGCSE® & O Level Essential Physics Student Book is at the heart of delivering the course and provides a clear, step-by-step route though the syllabus that is ideal for EAL learners. It has been fully updated and matched to the latest Cambridge IGCSE (0625) & O Level (5054) Physics syllabuses.

The book uses an engaging and exam-focused approach that is accessible to all abilities, with varied and flexible assessment support and exam-style questions that improve students' performance and ensure every learner reaches their full potential. It combines depth of subject matter and clarity of material with concise, well-presented content, and includes embedded language for EAL students.

The Student Book is written by the experienced author team of Jim Breithaupt, who wrote our previous successful edition, and Darren Forbes. It has also been reviewed by subject experts globally to help meet teachers' needs.

The supporting Exam Success Guide and Practical Workbook help students achieve top marks in their exams, while the Workbook, for independent practice, strengthens exam potential inside and outside the classroom.

Syllabus matching grid
Unit 1 Motion
1.1 Making measurements
1.2 Distance–time graphs
1.3 More about speed
1.4 Acceleration
1.5 More about acceleration
1.6 Free fall
Summary and Practice questions
Unit 2 Forces and their effects
2.1 Mass and weight
2.2 Density
2.3 Force and shape
2.4 Force and motion
2.5 More about force and motion
2.6 Momentum
2.7 Explosions
2.8 Impact forces
Summary and Practice questions
Unit 3 Forces in equilibrium
3.1 Moments
3.2 Moments in balance
3.3 The Principle of Moments
3.4 Centre of gravity
3.5 Stability
3.6 More about vectors
Summary and Practice questions
Unit 4 Energy
4.1 Energy transfers
4.2 Conservation of energy
4.3 Fuel for electricity
4.4 Nuclear energy
4.5 Energy from wind and water
4.6 Energy from the Sun and the Earth
4.7 Energy and the environment
4.8 Energy and work
4.9 Power
Summary and Practice questions
Unit 5 Pressure
5.1 Under pressure
5.2 Pressure at work
5.3 Pressure in a liquid at rest
5.4 Solids, liquids and gases
5.5 More about solids, liquids and gases
5.6 Gas pressure and temperature
5.7 Evaporation
5.8 Gas pressure and volume
Summary and Practice questions
Unit 6 Thermal physics
6.1 Thermal expansion
6.2 Thermometers
6.3 Specific heat capacity
6.4 Change of state
6.5 Thermal conduction
6.6 Convection
6.7 Infrared radiation
6.8 More about infrared radiation
6.9 Thermal energy at work
Summary and Practice questions
Unit 7 Waves
7.1 Wave motion
7.2 Transverse and longitudinal waves
7.3 Wave properties – reflection and refraction
7.4 Wave properties – diffraction
Summary and Practice questions
Unit 8 Light
8.1 Reflection of light
8.2 Refraction of light
8.3 Refractive index
8.4 Total internal reflection
8.5 The converging lens
8.6 Applications of the converging lens
8.7 Correction of sight defects
8.8 Electromagnetic waves
8.9 Applications of electromagnetic waves
8.10 More about electromagnetic waves
Summary and Practice questions
Unit 9 Sound
9.1 Sound waves
9.2 Properties of sound
9.3 The speed of sound
9.4 The uses of ultrasound
Summary and Practice questions
Unit 10 Magnetism
10.1 Magnets
10.2 Magnetic fields
10.3 More about magnetic materials
Summary and Practice questions
Unit 11 Electric charge
11.1 Static electricity
11.2 Electric fields
11.3 Conductors and insulators
11.4 Charge and current
Summary and Practice questions
Unit 12 Electrical energy
12.1 Batteries and cells
12.2 Potential difference
12.3 Resistance
12.4 More about resistance
12.5 Electrical power
Summary and Practice questions
Unit 13 Electric circuits
13.1 Circuit components
13.2 Series circuits
13.3 Parallel circuits
13.4 More about series and parallel circuits
13.5 Sensor circuits
13.6 Switching circuits
13.7 Electrical safety
13.8 More about electrical safety
Summary and Practice questions
Unit 14 Electromagnetism
14.1 Magnetic field patterns
14.2 The motor effect
14.3 The electric motor
14.4 Electromagnetic induction
14.5 The alternating current generator
14.6 Transformers
14.7 High-voltage transmission of electricity
Summary and Practice questions
Unit 15 Radioactivity
15.1 Observing nuclear radiation
15.2 Alpha, beta and gamma radiation
15.3 The discovery of the nucleus
15.4 More about the nucleus
15.5 Half-life
15.6 Radioactivity at work
Summary and Practice questions
Unit 16 Space
16.1 The Earth in space
16.2 The Solar System
16.3 Planetary orbits
16.4 The life history of a star
16.5 The expanding universe
16.6 The beginning and future of the Universe
Summary and Practice questions
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