Command Words Physics

Calculate
Students should use numbers given in the question to work out the answer.
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Choose
Select from a range of alternatives.
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Compare
This requires the student to describe the similarities and/or differences between things, not just write about one.
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Define
Specify the meaning of something.
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Describe
Students may be asked to recall some facts, events or process in an accurate way.
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Design
Set out how something will be done.
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Determine
Use given data or information to obtain and answer.
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Draw
To produce, or add to, a diagram
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Estimate
Assign an approximate value.
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Use
The answer must be based on the information given in the question. Unless the information given in the question is used, no marks can be given. In some cases students might be asked to use their own knowledge.
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Work Out
Students should use numbers given in the question to work out the answer.
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Write
Only a short answer is required, not an explanation or a description.
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Evaluate
Students should use the information supplied as well as their knowledge and understand to consider evidence for and against.
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Explain
Students should make something clear, or state the reasons for something happening.
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Give
Only a short answer is required, not an explanation or a description
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Identify
Name or otherwise characterise.
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Label
Provide appropriate names on a diagram.
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Measure
Find an item of data for a given quantity.
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Name
Only a short answer is required, not an explanation or a description. Often it can be answered with a single word, phrase or sentence.
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Plan
Write a method.
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Plot
Mark on a graph using data given.
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Predict
Give a plausible outcome.
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Show
Provide structured evidence to reach a conclusion.
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Sketch
Draw approximately.
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Suggest
This term is used in questions where students need to apply their knowledge and understanding to a new situation.
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Card 2

Front

Select from a range of alternatives.

Back

Choose

Card 3

Front

This requires the student to describe the similarities and/or differences between things, not just write about one.

Back

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Card 4

Front

Specify the meaning of something.

Back

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Card 5

Front

Students may be asked to recall some facts, events or process in an accurate way.

Back

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