Core

1. Measurements and uncertainties (5 hours)
1.1 – Measurements in physics *
1.2 – Uncertainties and errors
1.3 – Vectors and scalars
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2. Mechanics (22 hours)
2.1 – Motion
2.2 – Forces
2.3 – Work, energy, and power
2.4 – Momentum and impulse
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3. Thermal physics (11 hours)
3.1 – Thermal concepts
3.2 – Modelling a gas
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4. Waves (15 hours)
4.1 – Oscillations
4.2 – Travelling waves
4.3 – Wave characteristics
4.4 – Wave behaviour
4.5 – Standing waves
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5. Electricity and magnetism (15 hours)
5.1 – Electric fields
5.2 – Heating effect of electric currents
5.3 – Electric cells
5.4 – Magnetic effects of electric currents
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6. Circular motion and gravitation (5 hours)
6.1 – Circular motion
6.2 – Newton’s law of gravitation
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7. Atomic, nuclear and particle physics (14 hours)
7.1 – Discrete energy and radioactivity
7.2 – Nuclear reactions
7.3 – The structure of matter
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8. Energy production (8 hours)
8.1 – Energy sources
8.2 – Thermal energy transfer
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Additional higher level (AHL)

9. Wave phenomena (17 hours)
9.1 – Simple harmonic motion
9.2 – Single-slit diffraction
9.3 – Interference
9.4 – Resolution
9.5 – Doppler effect
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10. Fields (11 hours)
10.1 – Describing fields
10.2 – Fields at work
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11. Electromagnetic induction (16 hours)
11.1 – Electromagnetic induction
11.2 – Power generation and transmission
11.3 – Capacitance
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12. Quantum and nuclear physics (16 hours)
12.1 – The interaction of matter with radiation
12.2 – Nuclear physics
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Options

A. Relativity (15 / 25 hours)
A.1 – The beginnings of relativity (Core)
A.2 – Lorentz transformations (Core)
A.3 – Spacetime diagrams (Core)
A.4 – Relativistic mechanics (HL only)
A.5 – General relativity (HL only)
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B. Engineering physics (15 / 25 hours)
B.1 – Rigid bodies and rotational dynamics (Core)
B.2 – Thermodynamics (Core)
B.3 – Fluids and fluid dynamics (HL only)
B.4 – Forced vibrations and resonance (HL only)
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C. Imaging (15 / 25 hours)
C.1 – Introduction to imaging (Core)
C.2 – Imaging instrumentation (Core)
C.3 – Fibre optics (Core)
C.4 – Medical imaging (HL only)
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D. Astrophysics (15 / 25 hours)
D.1 – Stellar quantities (Core)
D.2 – Stellar characteristics and stellar evolution (Core)
D.3 – Cosmology (Core)
D.4 – Stellar processes (HL only)
D.5 – Further cosmology (HL only)
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Practical scheme of work

Practical activities (20 / 40 hours)
Individual investigation (internal assessment – IA) (10 / 10 hours)
Group 4 project (10 / 10 hours)