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Oxford Resources for IB DP Physics: Study Guide
Tim Kirk
Oxford Resources for IB DP Physics: Study Guide
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Exam Board: International Baccalaureate (IB)
Level and subject: Diploma Programme (DP) Physics
First teaching: 2023
First exams: 2025

The Oxford Resources for IB DP Physics: Study Guide is an accessible, student-friendly resource fully aligned to and focused on the knowledge contents of the 2023 DP Physics subject guide. It is designed to be used alongside the Course Book to help students focus on crucial concepts and skills to build confidence, reinforce essential theory, and cement understanding of SL and HL ideas in an easy-to-digest bitesize format. Concise explanations, diagrams, and practical notes engage learners and provide a supportive framework for developing subject comprehension and encouraging a good approach to revision. Clear and accessible language throughout supports EAL learners.

A.1 Kinematics
Graphical representation of motion
Uniformly accelerated motion
Projectile motion
Fluid resistance and free-fall
End of topic questions
A.2 Forces and momentum
Forces and free-body diagrams
Newton’s first law
Equilibrium and force types
Viscosity and buoyancy
Newton’s second law
Newton’s third law
Mass and weight
Solid friction
Momentum and impulse
Elastic and inelastic collisions
Uniform circular motion
Angular velocity and vertical circular motion
End of topic questions
A.3 Work, energy and power
Energy and power
Energy and power generation — Sankey diagrams
Energy sources
End of topic questions
A.4 Rigid body mechanics
Translational and rotational motion
Translational and rotational relationships
Translational and rotational equilibrium
Equilibrium examples
Moment of inertia
Rotational dynamics
Solving rotational problems
End of topic questions
A.5 Galilean and special relativity
Reference frames
Special relativity
Lorentz transformations
Velocity addition
Invariant quantities
Time dilation
Length contraction and evidence to support special relativity
Spacetime diagrams
End of topic questions
B.1 Thermal energy transfers
Thermal concepts
Heat and internal energy
Specific heat capacity
Phases (states) of matter and latent heat
Thermal energy transfer
Mathematics of conduction
Radiation: Wien’s law and the Stefan–Boltzmann law
Stellar spectra
End of topic questions
B.2 Greenhouse effect
Equilibrium temperature of a planet
Solar power
The greenhouse effect
Global warming
End of topic questions
B.3 Gas laws
The gas laws
Molecular model of an ideal gas
End of topic questions
B.4 Thermodynamics
Thermodynamic systems and concepts
Work done by an ideal gas
The first law of thermodynamics
Second law of thermodynamics and entropy
Heat engines and heat pumps
End of topic questions
B.5 Current and circuits
Electric current
Internal resistance and cells
Electric circuits
Resistors in series and parallel
Potential divider circuits and sensors
End of topic questions
C.1 Simple harmonic motion
Simple harmonic motion
Graphs of simple harmonic motion
Phase angle and energy equations
End of topic questions
C.2 Wave model
Travelling waves
Wave characteristics
Electromagnetic spectrum
End of topic questions
C.3 Wave phenomena
Wavefronts and reflection
Snell’s law and refractive index
Refraction and critical angle
Two-source interference of waves
Mathematics of diffraction
Young’s double slit experiment
Multiple-slit diffraction
End of topic questions
C.4 Standing waves and resonance
Nature and production of standing (stationary) waves
Boundary conditions
Forced oscillations and resonance
End of topic questions
C.5 Doppler effect
The Doppler effect
Examples and applications of the Doppler effect
Mathematics of the Doppler effect
End of topic questions
D.1 Gravitational fields
Kepler’s laws and Newton’s law of gravitation
Gravitational field strength
Kepler’s three laws derived from Newton’s law of gravitation
Gravitational potential energy and potential
Gravitational potential gradient and equipotentials
Energy of an orbiting satellite
End of topic questions
D.2 Electric and magnetic fields
Electric charge and Coulomb’s law
Electric fields
Millikan’s experiment—quantization of electric charge
Magnetic force and fields
Electric potential energy and potential
Electric and gravitational potentials compared
Electric and gravitational fields compared
End of topic questions
D.3 Motion in electromagnetic fields
Motion of a charged particle in an electric field
Magnetic forces
Motion of a charged particle in perpendicularly oriented uniform electric and magnetic fields
Examples of the magnetic field due to currents
End of topic questions
D.4 Induction
Induced electromotive force (emf)
Lenz’s law and Faraday’s law
Using induction
End of topic questions
E.1 Structure of the atom
Structure of matter
Emission and absorption spectra
The nucleus
Atomic spectra and atomic energy states
Bohr model of the atom
End of topic questions
E.2 Quantum physics
Photoelectric effect
Matter waves
The Compton effect
End of topic questions
E.3 Radioactive decay
Nuclear stability
Nuclear reactions
Fission and fusion
Fundamental forces
Uses of radioactivity
Evidence for the strong nuclear force
Nuclear energy levels and radioactive decay
End of topic questions
E.4 Structure of the atom
Nuclear power—process
Nuclear power—safety and risks
End of topic questions
E.5 Fusion and stars
The nature of stars
Nuclear fusion
Red giant stars
The Hertzsprung–Russell diagram
Stellar evolution
Stellar parallax
End of topic questions
T.1 Experimental techniques
Safety and measuring variables
T.2 Technology
Applying technology to collect and process data
T.3 Mathematics
Algebra, trigonometry, rates of change and averages
Estimations, variables, relationships and scale diagrams
Vectors and scalars
Range of magnitudes of quantities in our universe
The SI system of fundamental and derived units
SI units
Dimensional analysis and significant figures
Uncertainties and error in experimental measurement
Uncertainties in calculated results
Tables and graphs
Graphical analysis and determination of relationships
Graphical analysis—logarithmic functions
Uncertainties in graphs
I.1 Exploring and designing
Exploring and designing
Controlling variables
I.2 Calculating and processing data
Collecting and processing data
Interpreting results
I.3 Concluding and evaluating
Concluding and evaluating
End of topic questions—Tools in the study of physics
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