Oxford University Press
AQA Physics: A Level
Jim Breithaupt
Science & Math
AQA Physics: A Level
US$ 66.61
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Please note this title is suitable for any student studying: Exam Board: AQA Level: A Level Subject: Physics First teaching: September 2015 First exams: June 2017 Fully revised and updated for the new linear qualification, this Student Book supports and extends students through the new course whilst delivering the maths, practical and synoptic skills needed to succeed in the new A Levels and beyond. The book uses clear straightforward explanations to develop real subject knowledge and allow students to link ideas together while developing essential exam skills. N.B.Covers all optional AQA Physics topics with introduction and summary sections; full support for each option is provided on AQA A Level Physics Kerboodle.

Front Cover
Title Page
AS/A Level course structure
How to use this book
Skills for starting AS and A level Physics
Section 1 Particles and radiation
1 Matter and radiation
1.1 Inside the atom
1.2 Stable and unstable nuclei
1.3 Photons
1.4 Particles and antiparticles
1.5 Particle interactions
Practice questions: Chapter 1
Practice questions: Particles and radiation
2 Quarks and leptons
2.1 The particle zoo
2.2 Particle sorting
2.3 Leptons at work
2.4 Quarks and antiquarks
2.5 Conservation rules
Practice questions: Chapter 2
3 Quantum phenomena
3.1 The photoelectric effect
3.2 More about photoelectricity
3.3 Collisions of electrons with atoms
3.4 Energy levels in atoms
3.5 Energy levels and spectra
3.6 Wave–particle duality
Practice questions: Chapter 3
Section 1 Summary
Section 2 Waves and optics
4 Waves
4.1 Waves and vibrations
4.2 Measuring waves
4.3 Wave properties 1
4.4 Wave properties 2
4.5 Stationary and progressive waves
4.6 More about stationary waves on strings
4.7 Using an oscilloscope
Practice questions: Chapter 4
6 Forces in equilibrium
6.1 Vectors and scalars
6.2 Balanced forces
6.3 The principle of moments
6.4 More on moments
6.5 Stability
6.6 Equilibrium rules
Summary questions
6.7 Statics calculations
Practice questions: Chapter 6
12 Electric current
12.1 Current and charge
12.2 Potential difference and power
12.3 Resistance
12.4 Components and their characteristics
Practice questions: Chapter 12
14 Practical work in physics
14.1 Moving on from GCSE
14.2 Making careful measurements
14.3 Everyday physics instruments
14.4 Analysis and evaluation
17 Motion in a circle
17.1 Uniform circular motion
17.2 Centripetal acceleration
17.3 On the road
17.4 At the fairground
Practice questions: Chapter 17
21 Gravitational fields
21.1 Gravitational field strength
21.2 Gravitational potential
21.3 Newton’s law of gravitation
21.4 Planetary fields
21.5 Satellite motion
Practice questions: Chapter 21
26 Radioactivity
26.1 The discovery of the nucleus
26.2 The properties of α, β,and γ radiation
26.3 More about α, β, and γ radiation
26.4 The dangers of radioactivity
26.5 Radioactive decay
26.6 The theory of radioactive decay
26.7 Radioactive isotopes in use
26.8 More about decay modes
26.9 Nuclear radius
Practice questions: Chapter 26
Section 9 Summary
5 Optics
5.1 Refraction of light
5.2 More about refraction
5.3 Total internal reflection
Summary questions
5.4 Double slit interference
5.5 More about interference
5.6 Diffraction
5.7 The diffraction grating
Practice questions: Chapter 5
Section 2 Summary
Practice questions: Waves and optics
Section 3 Mechanics and materials
7 On the move
7.1 Speed and velocity
7.2 Acceleration
7.3 Motion along a straight line at constant acceleration
7.4 Free fall
7.5 Motion graphs
7.6 More calculations on motion along a straight line
7.7 Projectile motion 1
7.8 Projectile motion 2
Practice questions: Chapter 7
8 Newton’s laws of motion
8.1 Force and acceleration
8.2 Using F = m a
8.3 Terminal speed
8.4 On the road
8.5 Vehicle safety
Practice questions: Chapter 8
9 Force and momentum
9.1 Momentum and impulse
9.2 Impact forces
9.3 Conservation of momentum
9.4 Elastic and inelastic collisions
9.5 Explosions
Practice questions: Chapter 9
10 Work, energy, and power
10.1 Work and energy
10.2 Kinetic energy and potential energy
10.3 Power
10.4 Energy and efficiency
Practice questions: Chapter 10
11 Materials
11.1 Density
11.2 Springs
11.3 Deformation of solids
11.4 More about stress and strain
Practice questions: Chapter 11
Section 3 Summary
Practice questions: Mechanics and materials
Section 4 Electricity
13 Direct current circuits
13.1 Circuit rules
13.2 More about resistance
13.3 Electromotive force and internal resistance
13.4 More circuit calculations
13.5 The potential divider
Practice questions: Chapter 13
Section 4 Summary
Practice questions: Electricity
Further practice questions: multiple choice
Further practice questions
Section 5 Skills in AS Physics
15 About practical assessment
15.1 Assessment outline
15.2 Direct assessment
15.3 Indirect assessment
16 More on mathematical skills
16.1 Data handling
16.2 Trigonometry
16.3 More about algebra
16.4 Straight line graphs
16.5 More on graphs
16.6 Graphs, gradients, and areas
Section 6 Further mechanics and thermal physics
18 Simple harmonic motion
18.1 Oscillations
18.2 The principles of simple harmonic motion
18.3 More about sine waves
18.4 Applications of simple harmonic motion
Summary questions
18.5 Energy and simple harmonic motion
18.6 Forced vibrations and resonance
Practice questions: Chapter 18
19 Thermal physics
19.1 Internal energy and temperature
19.2 Specific heat capacity
19.3 Change of state
Practice questions: Chapter 19
20 Gases
20.1 The experimental gas laws
20.2 The ideal gas law
20.3 The kinetic theory of gases
Practice questions: Chapter 20
Section 6 Summary
Practice questions: Further mechanics and thermal physics
Section 7 Fields
22 Electric fields
22.1 Field patterns
Summary questions
22.2 Electric field strength
Summary questions
22.3 Electric potential
Summary questions
22.4 Coulomb’s law
22.5 Point charges
22.6 Comparing electric fields and gravitational fields
Practice questions: Chapter 22
23 Capacitors
23.1 Capacitance
23.2 Energy stored in a charged capacitor
23.3 Charging and discharging a capacitor through a fixed resistor
23.4 Dielectrics
Practice questions: Chapter 23
24 Magnetic fields
24.1 Current-carrying conductors in a magnetic field
Summary questions
24.2 Moving charges in a magnetic field
Summary questions
24.3 Charged particles in circular orbits
Practice questions: Chapter 24
25 Electromagnetic induction
25.1 Generating electricity
25.2 The laws of electromagnetic induction
25.3 The alternating current generator
25.4 Alternating current and power
25.5 Transformers
Practice questions: Chapter 25
Practice questions: Fields
Section 7 Summary
Section 8 Nuclear physics
27 Nuclear energy
27.1 Energy and mass
27.2 Binding energy
27.3 Fission and fusion
27.4 The thermal nuclear reactor
Practice questions: Chapter 27
Section 8 Summary
Practice questions: Nuclear physics
Further practice questions
Section 9, Chapter 28.1 Option A—Astrophysics
Section 9, Chapter 28.2 Option B—Medical physics
Secton 9 Summary
Section 9, Chapter 28.3 Option C—Engineering physics
Section 9 Summary
Section 9, Chapter 28.4 Option D—Turning points in physics
Section 9 Summary
Section 9, Chapter 28.5 Option E—Electronics
Section 9 Summary
Section 10 Skills in A Level Year 2 Physics
29 Practical work in Year 2 Physics
29.1 Comparison of practical work inYear 1 and Year 2
29.2 More about measurements
30 Mathematical skills in Year 2 Physics
30.1 Trigonometry
30.2 Algebra
30.3 Logarithms
30.4 Exponential decrease
30.5 Areas and integration
30.6 Graphical and computational modelling
Useful data for A Level Physics
Answers to summary questions
Back Cover
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