Advanced Higher Physics Resources
Higher Physics Past Papers
This PDF document has links to past papers on the SQA website to help with identifying suitable questions for parts of the new course.
Higher assignment briefing (from powerpoint)
National 5 Physics
Files to support research of the national 5 research investigation;
Excel spreadsheet of satellite data
Details of the marking used by SQA
National 4-5 Physics
This PDF file lists websites with data for National 5 Physics assignment research. If opened on this computer it will allow you to follow the hyperlinks just by clicking rather than typing them out!
The SQA have released a file http://www.sqa.org.uk/files_ccc/PhysicsSQPN5PPGuidance.pdf which details all the relevent past papers. If opened electronically hyperlinks take you to the correct past paper from the SQA website!
George Watson’s College Summary notes. For use by Millburn pupils only – not for further distribution.
National 5 Physics BBC bitesize
This popular revision website has been rewritten for the new qualifications
Past Paper booklets these are all ‘old’ questions not available on the SQA website.
S3 Content Details
Electricity and Electronics
Components and Circuit diagrams
Multimeters (developed in N4)
Charge and Current (AC/DC and field in N5)
By contributing to investigations into the properties of a range of electronic components, I can select and use them as input and output devices in practical electronic circuits. SCN 4-09b
Ohm’s law for single resistors (non-ohmic and networks in N5)
Through investigation, I understand the relationship between current, voltage and resistance. I can apply this knowledge to solve practical problems. SCN 4-09a (Developed in N4)
Current in Series and Parallel
Switching in series and parallel (resistors in series parallel in N5)
Electrical power (revised in N5) (Efficiency and conservation in N4)
Voltages in Series and Parallel
Potential difference and EMF related to energy in circuits
Logic gates Basic gates and combinational systems
Using my knowledge of electronic components and switching devices, I can help to engineer an electronic system to provide a practical solution to a real-life situation. SCN 4-09c (Developed in N4)
EM induction and alternators
I can help to design and carry out investigations into the strength of magnets and electromagnets. From investigations, I can compare the properties, uses and commercial applications of electromagnets and supermagnets. SCN 4-08a (More applications in N4)
By contributing to an investigation on different ways of meeting society’s energy needs, I can express an informed view on the risks and benefits of different energy sources, including those produced from plants. SCN 4-04a (Gen of elec in N4)
Motion and Space
Speed and distance (Vectors and velocity etc in N5)
Instantaneous speed of cars on roads
Use of light gates to measure average and instantaneous speeds
Speed time graphs – description of journey from graph
I can use appropriate methods to measure, calculate and display graphically the speed of an object, and show how these methods can be used in a selected application. SCN 4-07a
Acceleration down a slope with varying mass/slope using graph
Acceleration with variable towing force using light gates
Forces –Newton’s laws I and II (Weight/mass, friction & F=ma in N4) (Terminal velocity rocket motion, grav field str, free fall & work done in N5)
Crash challenge – investigated force of impact with mass/speed/cushioning
By making accurate measurements of speed and acceleration, I can relate the motion of an object to the forces acting on it and apply this knowledge to transport safety. SCN 4-07b
Satellites (Parabolic reflectors and time lag in N4) (Projectiles in N5)
Potential and kinetic energy conversions – conservation of energy
Acceleration on different planets
By researching developments used to observe or explore space, I can illustrate how our knowledge of the universe has evolved over time. SCN 4-06a (EM spec and spectral lines in N5) (Developed in N4)
ROE Solar system models & alien life (Light years in N4)
- State that waves transfer Energy
- State the difference between a transverse and Longitudinal wave and give examples of each
- Use the following terms correctly in context: wave, frequency, wavelength, speed, amplitude and period
- Carry out calculations involving the relationship between speed, wavelength and frequency of waves
- Describe the method of measuring the speed of sound in air, using the relationship between distance, time and speed
- Explain what is meant by the term ‘Noise Pollution’
- Describe how/why audio signals can be manipulated
- State the law of reflection
- Use correctly in context the terms: angle of incidence, angle of reflection and normal when a ray of light is reflected from a plane mirror
- State what is meant by the refraction of light
- Draw diagrams to show the change in direction as light passes from air to glass and glass to a
- Use correctly in context the terms angle of incidence, angle of refraction and normal
- State in order of wavelength the members of the electromagnetic spectrum: gamma rays, X-rays, ultraviolet, visible light, infrared, microwaves, TV and Radio
- Explain applications of the different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum
- State that Pressure exerted by an object is measured in Newtons per square metre (Nm-2) and is the measure of the Force per unit area acting normal to the surface.
- Carry out calculations involving the relationship between Pressure, Force and Area. [P=F/A]
- State that the Density of an object is measured in kilograms per cubic metre (kgm-3) and is the measure of the mass per unit volume.
- Carry out calculations involving the relationship between density, mass and volume. [?=m/v] (? is the greek letter ‘rho’)
- Explain floating and sinking in terms of weight, upthrust and the relative densities of different materials.
- Describe the relationship between the Pressure & Volume and Pressure & Temperature of a fixed mass of gas.
- State that the Kelvin scale is a measure of temperature, where 0 Kelvin is absolute zero and equals -273oC
- Describe the Kinetic theory of Gases in terms of the speed, direction and Energy of the particles.