Checklist AS Physics AQA

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Mechanic Scalars and vectors
s The addition of vectors by calculation or scale drawing.
Limited to two perpendicular vectors.
The resolution of vectors into two components at right
angles to each other; examples should include the
components of forces along and perpendicular to an
inclined plane
Conditions for equilibrium for two or three coplanar
forces acting at a point; problems may be solved either by
using resolved forces or by using a closed triangle
Moment of a force about a point defined as force x
perpendicular distance from the point to the line of action
of the force; torque
Couple of a pair of equal and opposite forces defined as
force x perpendicular distance between the lines of action
of the forces
The principle of moments and its applications in simple
balanced situations. Centre of mass; calculations of the
position of the centre of mass of a regular lamina are not
Motion along a straight line
Displacement, speed, velocity and acceleration
Representation by graphical methods of uniform and
non-uniform acceleration; interpretation of velocity-time
and displacement-time graphs for uniform and
non-uniform acceleration; significance of areas and
Equations for uniform acceleration:
Acceleration due to gravity, g; detailed experimental
methods of measuring g
Terminal speed
Projectile motion
Independence of vertical and horizontal motion; problems
will be solvable from first principles. The memorising of
projectile equations is not required
Newton's laws of motion
Knowledge and application of the three laws of motion in
appropriate situations.

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For constant mass, F = ma.
Work, energy and Power
Conservation of energy
Principle of conservation of energy, applied to examples
involving gravitational potential energy, kinetic energy
and work done against resistive forces
Materials Bulk Properties of solids
Description of plastic behaviour, fracture and brittleness;
interpretation of simple-strain curves
The Young Modulus
Waves Progressive waves
Oscillation of the particles of medium; amplitude,
frequency, wavelength, speed, phase, path, difference.…read more

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Polarisation as evidence for the nature of transverse
waves; applications e.g. Polaroid Sunglasses, aerial
alignment for transmitter and receiver
Refraction at a plane surface
Candidates are not expected to recall methods for
determining refractive indices.…read more

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