N5 Assignment from 2018

I will be working through this section over the next few months. Some of the materials from last year still applies but most doesn’t. To be honest I think that most of the updated to the new N5 Physics Assignments are positive ones.

This is the info for N5 from August 2017

The material has recently been published on the Understanding Standards Website SQA Physics N5 INFO

N5 Candidate 1

N5 Commentary 1

Above gives an example of the new Assignment requirements. It is vital that you don’t copy or even attempt to copy this assignment. If you are likely to copy other people’s work it is best to choose another topic.

Initial Task- vital

SectionExpected responseMax marks
TitleThe report has an informative title.1
AimA description of the purpose of the investigation.1
Underlying physics relevant to the aimA description of the physics relevant to the aim which shows understanding.3
Data collection and handlingA brief description of the experiment.1
Sufficient raw data from the experiment.1
Raw data presented in a table with headings and units.1
Values correctly calculated from the raw data.1
Data from an internet/literature source.1
A reference for the internet/literature source.1
Graphical presentationThe correct type of graph used to present the experimental data.1
Suitable scales.1
Suitable labels and units on axes.1
All points plotted accurately, with line or curve of best fit if appropriate.1
AnalysisExperimental data compared to data from internet/literature source.1
ConclusionA conclusion related to the aim and supported by data in the report.1
EvaluationA discussion of a factor affecting the reliability, accuracy or precision of the results.
StructureA report which can be easily followed.1

Before Starting on your assignment take time to go over the following, it is vital that you know what you are doing.


Understanding Standards Webinar

To kick you off with your assignment Mr Forwood has supplied the following document.

N5 Assignment instructions (editable in word)

N5 Assignment instructions (pdf file)

The document below is one that I started in the holidays but got distracted. I will get something together a.s.a.p but until then make do with this starter!

Practical titles

You must also correctly reference your work, learn how to do this with the following link.


N5 Assignment to 2017

This is the info for N5 up to the exam 2017

is vital that you know what you are doing



The above two websites contain all the information required to give you two examples of assignments that have been marked, and provides a detailed mark scheme and information required.

You must also correctly reference your work, learn how to do this with the following link


Choosing a topic

If your chosen topic covers all of the points in the diagram below, it has potential to be successful.

Here is a document that I never quite finished. I will need to check it against the updated marking instructions, but it is better up than not. Please refer to the SQA documentation above.

Intro to Assignments

Nat 5 Assignment Intro some hints and tips for your assignment

Nat 5 Assignment Intro this is the same information that is covered above but in ppp format. In the notes are some additional points to help. Keep coming back to the diagram above, can you fit your assignment into the plan shown?

How to create a graph in excel

N5 Added Value prompt grid

Assignment marking sheet

This is a dummy assignment. It is not suitable for N5 as it doesn’t cover a topic that is in N5. Try to mark it against the mark scheme and see what you would give it.

Nat 5 Dummy Assignment Electromagnet

Topical Information

Car Crashes

Physics of Car Crashes teachers guide



airbag reducing mortality rates

Nuclear Medicine

Iodine-131 treatment counts

crukmig_1000ast-3360 DH_Radiotheraphy_developing_first_class_service_NRAG

IAEA210 Nuclear Medicine Websites

Radiopharmaceuticals for radioisotope imaging

Radiopharmaceuticals for radioisotope imaging



power generation







nuclear weapons- not adviseable

Impact Nuke Book tables

EM Radiation and Medical Uses

PPT_Medical Uses of EM

Here’s new information

Before I answer Christopher’s question, here’s a little background information for those who aren’t familiar with the blue dental curing light.  When a dentist puts a white filling (or a sealant, or a light-cured filling material) in your mouth, it is in a liquid or semi-solid state so that the dentist can put it exactly where it needs to go and shape it correctly.  In order for the material to harden so that it can withstand the forces of chewing, it needs to be cured.

Curing the material is accomplished by shining a blue light on it.  Not just any blue light will do.  It has to be a certain shade of blue.

The blue dental curing light emits light at a wavelength of around 450 to 490 nm, a blue light.

The very first light-activated filling materials used ultraviolet light.  Fortunately, today dentists only use materials that are cured by visible light as the use of UV cured materials has pretty much died out due to the dangers posed by ultraviolet light.

One of the major dangers of the blue dental curing light is that it can hurt your eyes!  When we were learning how to do white fillings, our professors always advised us to never look at the blue light.

Although there is minimal potential for radiation damage to surrounding soft tissue inadvertently exposed to visible light, caution should be used to prevent retinal damage to the eyes.  Because of the high intensity of the light, the operator should not look directly at the tip or the reflected light from the teeth.

The orange filter that you can see on the curing light above filters out the visible light, allowing the dentist or assistant to see what they are doing without looking directly at the light.




shuttle figures


Farnell Data source 

website for info

Optical Fibres

Notes on optical fibres and fibre bundles


On the day of the write up

  1. Look up how to reference text- you have very little time to do this. Exeter.ac.uk/studyskills/Harvard
  2. Take out the materials that you need, including calculators, pens, graph paper etc
  3. Put away anything that is not allowed
  4. Confirm you have understood that this must be your own work and that you understand the consequences of plagiarism.
  5. Confirm that you understand what plagiarism would be eg cutting and pasting from websites, using other peoples work, getting parents, friends family to do the work for you.
  6. Check that the Physics you plan to cover is covered by one or more key area at the level you are sitting. (If you are not sure if you are sitting N4 or N5 make sure it fits into both)
  7. I am not able to provide feedback on this task as it is part of your external assessment.
  8. The internet will be disconnected during your write up and you will not be allowed to have any pre-produced reports.

Best wishes, but the luck will be down to your preparation!

Outcome 1, experimental write up

Changes have been introduced this session and you can read details by following the link below, although it is very much “teacher speak”


We will be continuing to use the old system of marking for the unit assessments as there is a possibility that these tests might be abandoned in future years, there is no point re-writing them.

Part of the National 5 course requires you to produce an experimental write up. It is good scientific practice. A threshold was introduced in the session 2016-2017, you are now only required to pass 5 out of 6 assessment standards to pass the overall outcome 1.

Below is the mark sheet to ensure that you’ve covered all the requirements, in both pdf and word format.

There are also two documents to help with your write up.

N5 Outcome 1 word N5 Outcome 1 pdf

Outcome 1 – Guide Nat 5 Thanks to Banff Academy for this document


Here it is in simple form

Experimental Write Up

Your best work. Rulers, sharp pencils etc.

Correct use of terminology and units at all times.

(No voltage in/ through) (No current across)


Title   Short and relevant with date.

Aim     What are you trying to find out/prove?

To find out how “something” affects “something else”.

Method     Instructions on how to complete the experiment; make it reliable and make it a fair test:

Set up the following apparatus (draw a good labelled diagram).

The “something” was set at a “value” and increased by an “amount” using the “piece of equipment”.  The “something else” was noted    at each value using the “other piece of equipment”.  Other variables were kept constant by…….

Results     Display the findings.

A neat table with headings and units.

An appropriate graph of somethingon the x-axis andsomething elseon the y-axis.

Conclusion    What did you find out?

As the “something” is increased / decreased, the “something else” increased / decreased / stayed the same.  Also include “directly/inversely proportional” if appropriate.

Evaluation    Are there any improvements that could be made to your experiment to reduce uncertainties?