Physics for CSEC® Examinations Student's Book
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Physics for CSEC® Examinations Student's Book

By Alec Farley, Clarence Trotz, Mike Taylor
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Physics for CSEC® Examinations is part of a well-established series of books aimed at students preparing for their CSEC Science studies. This revised edition is aligned to the latest CSEC syllabus (2013) and includes the most up-to-date scientific information.• Dedicated School-Based Assessment section gives step-by-step tips to maximise success in the CSEC coursework• Practical activities and experiments throughout• New group-work feature tests students’ investigative skills• Demonstrates real-world applications of key syllabus points• Benefits from a new, clear and accessible design• Written by an expert team of science educatorsThis eBook edition contains an access code for free online student resources. Resources include interactive questions, audio-based activities, animations and a mark book to track your progress. Access code and instructions on how to use it are included inside this eBook. Please note that this is an eBook and can not be printed. For more information about eBooks, see our FAQs page. For a print copy of this title, visit your local bookshop.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • Series preface
  • About this book
  • Introduction: Measurement
  • 1 Physical Quantities and Units
    • Introduction
    • Physical quantities
    • Units for fundamental quantities
    • Multiple and sub-multiple units
    • Derived quantities
    • Units named after famous scientists
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 2 Precision, Accuracy and Significance
    • Introduction
    • What is meant by ‘a satisfactory result’?
    • Precision
    • Degree of significance of a result of a calculation
    • Types of instruments found in physics
    • How do errors arise?
    • Applying limits of error of measurement
    • Determining the degree of significance in the result of using a formula
    • Spreading the error
    • The meaning of a mean (or average)
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 3 Acquiring Experimental Skills
    • Introduction to experimental skills
    • Experimental errors
    • Carrying out practical activities
    • Experimentation
    • Examples of possible experiments for testing practical skills
    • Criteria for the assessment of practical skills
    • Practical activity to practice and to assess manipulation and measurement (M/M) skills
    • Activity to assess planning and designing (P/D) skills
    • Issues involved in assessing analysis and interpretation (A/I) skills
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • Section A: Mechanics
  • 4 Galileo Galilei and the Simple Pendulum
    • Galileo Galilei – what was his contribution to scientific methodology?
    • What is a ‘simple’ pendulum?
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 5 Combining and Resolving Vectors
    • Scalars and vectors
    • Resolving a vector into two components
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 6 Forces
    • How various forces are produced
    • Contact forces and non-contact forces
    • Gravitational force
    • The magnitude of a gravitational force
    • Mechanical forces
    • Non-contact forces
    • Magnetic forces
    • Elastic forces
    • Nuclear forces
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 7 Moments and Levers
    • Coplanar forces
    • Equilibrium
    • Finding the position of a centre of mass
    • The lever principle applied in machines
    • Stability
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 8 Motion in a Straight Line
    • Galileo and Newton
    • The relationship between ‘distance–time’ graphs and speed
    • Testing Newton’s laws by experiment
    • Dynamics and Newton’s laws of motion
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 9 Energy, Work and Power
    • Introduction
    • The meaning of energy
    • Types of potential energy
    • Kinetic energy
    • The principle (or law) of conservation of energy
    • Frictional force and energy
    • Power
    • Efficiency
    • Energy sources
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 10 Pressure and Archimedes’ Principle
    • Introduction
    • Pressure
    • Pressure due to solids
    • Pressure due to liquids at rest
    • Archimedes’ principle
    • Application of Archimedes’ principle to sinking and floating
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • Section B: Kinetic Theory and Thermal Physics
  • 11 The Kinetic Model of Matter
    • Particles of matter
    • The Kinetic Theory of matter
    • Evidence for the Kinetic Theory
    • Applying the Kinetic Theory
    • Change of state
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 12 Temperature and its Measurement
    • Thermometers are everywhere
    • What is temperature?
    • Measurement of temperature
    • Thermometers in practice
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 13 Measuring Heat Energy
    • The Caloric Theory of heat
    • Experiments on the nature of heat
    • Heat as energy transfer
    • Specific heat capacity
    • Specific latent heat
    • The importance of specific heat capacity and latent heat
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 14 Methods of Heat Transfer
    • More ways than one!
    • Methods of heat transfer
    • Absorbers, reflectors and radiators of electromagnetic (radiant) energy
    • Practical applications of heat transfer methods
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 15 The Behaviour of Gases
    • Putting gases to work
    • Boyle’s law
    • Charles’ law
    • The pressure law
    • The general gas equation
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • Section C: Waves and Light
  • 16 What Are Waves and How Are They Produced?
    • Introduction
    • How are waves produced?
    • Transverse and longitudinal waves
    • Waves in a ripple tank
    • What happens when a wave travels through a medium?
    • Matter waves and electromagnetic waves
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 17 Wave Characteristics
    • Introduction
    • Frequency and period
    • Phase and wavelength
    • Displacement and amplitude
    • Wavefronts
    • Wave speed
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 18 Sound as Wave Motion
    • Introduction
    • Production and propagation of sound waves
    • Reflection of sound
    • Refraction of sound
    • Interference of sound waves
    • Diffraction of sound
    • Pitch and loudness of sound
    • The audible range
    • Ultrasound
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 19 Electromagnetic Waves
    • Introduction
    • How are electromagnetic waves produced?
    • The nature of electromagnetic waves
    • Electromagnetic spectra
    • The complete electromagnetic spectrum
    • Special properties and uses of electromagnetic waves
    • General properties of electromagnetic radiation
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 20 Light
    • Introduction
    • Rival theories of light – a touch of history
    • Current theory of light: wave–particle duality
    • Use of the photon in modern technology
    • Light behaving like a wave: Young’s slits
    • Light travels in straight lines
    • Eclipses of the Sun and the Moon
    • The pinhole camera
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 21 Reflection of Light
    • Introduction
    • The laws of reflection
    • Locating the image formed by a plane mirror
    • Features of the image formed by a plane mirror
    • Some uses of plane mirrors in physics
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 22 Refraction of Light and its Relation to Colour
    • Introduction
    • The laws of refraction
    • Tracing the path of light rays through rectangular blocks and triangular prisms
    • The reversibility principle
    • The refractive index: comparing refraction in transparent media
    • Finding the refractive index of a glass block by experiment
    • Critical angle for two transparent media in contact
    • Total internal reflection
    • The 90°–45°–45° prism
    • Total internal reflection in optical fibres
    • Dispersion of white light
    • Newton and colour
    • Producing a pure spectrum
    • Recombining the colours of the light spectrum
    • The colours of objects
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 23 Lenses
    • Lenses: what are they and how do they work?
    • The shapes of lenses
    • Lens terminology
    • How to locate (find the position of) a virtual image
    • Constructing ray diagrams
    • Construction of ray diagrams for diverging lenses
    • The differences between images produced by converging and diverging lenses
    • Solving lens problems using a scale construction
    • The lens equation (lens formula)
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • Section D: Electricity and Magnetism
  • 24 Electrostatics
    • Static and current electricity
    • Static electric charge
    • Electron theory of charging and conduction
    • Methods of charging and discharging
    • Detecting and estimating charge
    • Distribution of charge on the surface of a conductor
    • Electric fields
    • Storing electric charge
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 25 Current Electricity
    • Safety first
    • A simple invention that revolutionised the world!
    • Electric current and charge
    • Alternating and direct current
    • Energy and electric circuits
    • Describing electrical circuits
    • Setting up a d.c. electrical circuit
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 26 More about Electrical Circuits
    • Introduction
    • Series circuits
    • Voltage (potential difference, or p.d.) in series circuits
    • Resistance in series circuits
    • Parallel circuits
    • Combined series and parallel circuits
    • Current–voltage relationships
    • Determining current–voltage relationships
    • Energy and power in an electric circuit
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 27 Magnetism and Electricity
    • The close association between magnetism and electricity
    • Magnetism
    • Magnetic fields around magnets
    • Magnetism from electricity
    • Domain theory of magnetism
    • Methods of making magnets
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 28 Electromagnetism
    • Another link between electricity and magnetism
    • Electromagnetic force
    • Applications of the electromagnetic force
    • Electromagnetic induction
    • Electromagnetic induction in a straight wire
    • Applications of electromagnetic induction
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 29 Electricity for Home and Society
    • Introduction: electricity at work
    • Generating electricity
    • Distributing electricity
    • Household electric circuits
    • Surges, spikes and low voltages
    • Paying for electricity
    • Portable electricity
    • Conserving electrical energy
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 30 Electronic Devices
    • Introduction: electronics
    • Vacuum-tube devices
    • Some uses of the oscilloscope
    • Semiconductors
    • Semiconductor ‘resistors’
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 31 Putting Electronics to Work
    • Electronic applications
    • Switches
    • Some simple applications of electronics
    • Applications involving extensive electronic switching
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • Section E: The Atom
  • 32 Models of The Atom
    • Early ideas
    • Dalton’s model: the indestructible atom
    • Thomson’s model: a cloud with light, embedded particles
    • Rutherford’s model: a nuclear, planetary model
    • The Bohr model: electrons arranged in ‘shells’
    • A wave model of the atom
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 33 Structure of the Atom
    • Particles that make up the atom
    • Stability of the atom
    • The Periodic Table
    • Bonding between atoms
    • Describing the nuclides
    • Isotopes
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 34 Emissions from the Nucleus
    • The discovery of radioactivity
    • Safety in handling radioactive materials
    • Detecting radioactive emissions
    • Types of emissions from the nucleus
    • Representing radioactive decay
    • Making use of emissions from the nucleus
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 35 Half-Life
    • Why half-life?
    • Half-life
    • Uses of radio-isotopes
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • 36 Energy from the Nucleus
    • The energy problem of today
    • A nuclear energy alternative?
    • Energy from the nucleus
    • Obtaining energy from the nucleus
    • A nuclear fission power plant
    • Prospects for fusion reactors
    • The nuclear power debate
      • Chapter summary
      • Answers to ITQs
      • Examination-style questions
  • Section F: School-Based Assessment
    • Practical work in Physics
    • School-Based Assessment contents
  • Appendix: The Greek Alphabet
  • Index
  • Back Cover
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