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Energy transfer by heating
Energy and efficiency
Usefulness of electrical appliances
Waves and their uses

Forces and their effects
Speeding up or slowing down
Currents in electrical circuits
Using mains electricity safely
When radioactive substances decay
Nuclear fission and fusion

X-rays and ultrasound
Lenses, the eye and other applications of light
Moments and centre of mass
Hydraulics and circular motion
Motors and transformers


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General physics

General physics target sheet
1. How do we do physics
2. How do we measure time?
3. What is the difference between speed and velocity
4. What does a d-t and a v-t graph show?
5. How does physics affect driving?
6. What is terminal velocity?
7. What is the difference between mass and weight?
8. What is density, and how is it calculated
9. How do forces affect an object's motion?
10. How do forces affect materials?
11. How do forces make object's move in circles Experiment
12. What is momentum?
13. How do forces impact on us?
14. What is a turning moment?
15. Where can I find the centre of mass? Experiment
16. What is energy?
17. What is gravitational potential energy?
18. What is kinetic energy?
19. How are fossil fuels made?
20. What are non-renewable energy sources? Numbers Experiment
21. What are the renewable energy sources?
22. What is efficiency, and why is it so important? Experiment
23. How can I do more work?
24. How can I increase my power?
25. How can I reduce the pressure I am under?
26. What are hydraulics?

Thermal physics

Thermal physics target sheet
1. What are the states of matter? Video
2. What is evaporation? Video
3. What is thermal expansion? Video
4. What is the difference between heat and temperature? Video
5. What is thermal capacity?
6. What is the difference between melting and boiling? Video
7. What is conduction? Video
8. What is convection? Video
9. What is radiation? Video
10. What are the applications of thermal physics?
11. How do we heat and insulate buildings?


Waves target sheet
1. What are the properties of waves?
2. What is the wave equation? Keynote
3. What is light?
4. What is reflection? Experiment
5. What is refraction? Experiment
6. What is the critical angle?
7. What is diffraction?
8. How do lenses work? How to draw ray diagrams
9. What is magnification?
10. What is dispersion? Video 1 Video 2 Demo
11. How does the eye work?
12. What is the electromagnetic spectrum?
13. How do we use x-rays?
14. What is sound?
15. What is ultrasound?

Electricity and magnetism

Electricity and magnetism target sheet
1. What is magnetism?
2. How do we charge insulators?
3. What is current? Video
4. What is potential difference? Video
5. What is resistance?
6. What are IV graphs? Video
7. What is electrical energy?
8. What is electrical power?
9. Why do we draw circuit diagrams?
10. What are series circuits? Video
11. What are parallel circuits? Video
12. What are the circuit components?
13. What are the dangers of electricity? pdf The Great British Plug
14. Why do we use fuses and RCCD's? pdf
15. What is the magnetic effect of current
16. What is the force on a current carrying wire?
17. How do we generate alternating current?pdf Video
18. How do we generate electrical energy?
19. Why do we use transformers?
20. What is the National Grid? Video
21. How does a DC motor work?
22. What are cathode rays?
23. How does a cathode ray oscilloscope work?


Radioactivity target sheet
1. What is radioactivity?
2. What are the three types of radiation?
3. What is radioactive decay?
4. What is half-life?
5. What safety precautions should we use when handling radioactive sources?
6. What is the atomic model?
7. What is the nucleus?
8. What are isotopes?
9. What is fission?
10. What is fusion?


1. How did the universe form?
2. How do stars live and die? The Life cycle of stars
3. How did the chemical elements form?
4. What is red shift?


1. How do you rearrange equations?
2. How do you draw graphs and charts?
3. What is a line of best fit?
4. What do graphs mean?
5. How do you measure precisely?
6. How can you be safe during practical work?
7. What is the difference between causation and correlation?
8. How do I use a microscope properly?
9. How do I use a digital multimeter?
10. How do I use a power pack safely?
11. What is the difference between accuracy and precision?
12. How do I plan an investigation?
13. How do I present data?
14. What is the ISA?
15. What is AQA GCSE physics?