Aims of Course
- To develop students’ experimental, investigative and problem solving skills in physics,
- To develop understanding of relevant applications of physics in society,
- To provide enjoyment and challenge in physics.
Description of the Course
The course will consist of a series of practical experiments, research investigations and class work relating to the following topic areas.
Energy production in Scotland: Fossil fuel and renewables. How Scotland can go forward and meet its carbon emission targets.
Electricity and electronics: Household electricity and safety, design and building of practical electronics systems.
Transport: Speed and acceleration measurement methods, investigation of road safety.
Space: Investigating the Solar System and beyond, building and firing rockets. Investigating the possibility of extra-terrestrial life.
Forces: gravity, friction and magnetism.
Waves: properties of light and the electromagnetic spectrum
- It is possible to take a second science course but this should only be done after the student has spoken with their science teacher.
- The course requires a commitment to work, and will build skills in investigation, research and problem solving. These skills are vital in all aspects of life today.
- Having a good grounding in the scientific method will allow students to look objectively at problems and have the skills to attempt to solve them.
- These skills are transferable across subject areas and are not only restricted to science.