Homework N5 Starters

This homework is a great introduction to the N5 Assignment, which is worth 20% of your exam.

National 5 PHYSICS Assignment starters

Answer the following Questions from the Understanding Standards website


It is important that you spend an adequate time on this homework (an hour is advised). If you complete this thoroughly you ought to have a good grasp of what is required for the Assignment at National 5.

  1. List the twelve experiments that have been given as examples for the N5 Physics Assignment.
  2. In the marking instructions for the assignment how many marks are available for the underlying Physics?
  3. What are the six sections in the data collection and handling (and I don’t want 4a, 4b, 4c and 4d! BTW it isn’t even section 4)
  4. Section 3e and 3f refer to literature and sources. How do you achieve these marks?
  5. What are the marks awarded for when plotting your graph?
  6. What must your conclusion be related to, to achieve the mark?
  7. For candidate 1, how many repeats of the experiment did they make?
  8. What did candidate 1 do correctly for the graph and what was incorrect?
  9. Mark Candidate 2’s evidence thoroughly yourself using the marking scheme and compare your answer to the commentary. Record your results and the comparison. Comment on both of these.
  10. CHOOSE a topic that would be suitable using the Physics Compendium https://mrsphysics.co.uk/n5/ Research some Underlying Physics and find a suitable graph that you can try to replicate.


Assignment Practical Sheets

Assignment Instructions

The first thing that you must do before starting your Assignment is to know what you will be doing, what expectations there are and how you will be writing this up. All of this is contained in the candidate guide below.

Candidate Instructions word

Candidate Instructions pdf

Marking Instructions for the N5 Assignment

mark scheme pdf form

mark scheme excel form

I will be uploading some Assignment practical sheets for National 5 Physics. Thanks to the Physics Teachers of Dumfries and Galloway for putting these together.

I think the following experiments would be suitable-

check that:

  1. the theory is in the compendium,
  2. the topic is in the course,
  3. there is a graph of your experiment online or in one of the text books in school. Does your graph contain data ie, are there proper points on the graph or is it a trendline- which do you think is better?
  4. there is theory that you can write about that relates to your experiment.

Remember If you’ve used the results from your experiment to determine further values, you should show at least one sample calculation.

Here is the what you can take into the write-up phase. Collect a polypocket and keep it all in there.

Pupil checklist flyleaf    word    Pupil checklist flyleaf pdf (Thanks N Forwood)

Assignment Investigation Sheets


The ones with the Boat logo have been updated.

This table has more than one page! These sheets are being edited after feedback! Please bear with me while we sort it out.

Dynamics / SpaceN5 Hookes Law A 2018
Hookes Law
Dynamics / SpaceN5 Hookes Law B 2018Hookes Law
DynamicsN5 Acc slope 2018
Acceleration and angle of the slope
DynamicsN5 Fma A 2018F=ma for constant force
DynamicsN5 Fma B 2018F=ma for constant mass
DynamicsN5 projectiles 2019
Projectiles changing the launch angle
DynamicsN5 projectiles B 2018
Newton's Thought Expt
Projectiles changing the launch speed
DynamicsN5 projectiles C 2018
Newton's Thought Expt
Projectiles changing the launch height
DynamicsN5 Assign Stopping distance AHow the speed affects the stopping distance
DynamicsPendulum and length
Prop. of MatterN5 Gas Laws
Prop. of MatterN5 Charles' Law A 2019Volume and Temperature with constant pressure
Prop. of MatterN5 Boyles Law A 2019Pressure and volume for constant temperature
Prop. of MatterN5 Boyles Law B 2019Pressure and volume for constant temperature
Prop. of MatterN5 Pressure Law A 2018Pressure and Temperature for constant volume
Prop. of MatterN5 Pressure and depth A 2018Effects of pressure of a liquid with depth
Prop. of MatterN5 SHC A 2019Specific Heat Capacity measure V and I
Prop. of MatterN5 SHC B 2019Specific Heat Capacity using joule meter
Prop. of MatterN5 Cooling Curve 2019Cooling curve of water and stearic acid
Prop. of MatterN5 Cooling Curve 2019Determining freezing and boiling points
Electricity / EnergyN5 Solar Cell A angle 2019
Solar Cells A Angle
Electricity / EnergyN5 Solar Cell B distance 2019Solar Cells B Distance
Electricity / EnergyN5 Solar Cell C translucent 2019Solar Cells C Translucent
ElectricityN5 Ohms Law A 2018
Measuring voltage and current for a ohmic conductor (resistor)
ElectricityN5 Ohms Law B 2018Measuring voltage and current for a non-ohmic conductor
ElectricityN5 Thermistors A 2018Thermistors
ElectricityN5 ThermistorsThermistors
ElectricityN5 LEDLEDs
ElectricityN5 LDR A 2019An LDR -distance from the light source.
ElectricityN5 LDR B 2019An LDR - light intensity
SpaceNewton's Thought ExptOrbit period v height
Waves / SpaceMicrowave distance v signal strength
WavesN5 Sound 2020Speed of Sound
WavesN5 Refraction A 2019Refraction
RadiationRadon- when you've no sourceDetecting Radon Gas (SSERC)
SSERC ElectrolycraElectrolycra (SSERC)

4867 This is a temporary file until I can get the experiment cards up here. Page 190 will give you the experiment on Range of a Projectile.

3779phys2_tcm4-124418 Again this is a temporary file until I can get the experiment cards organised but the experiments you could choose can be found on pp 33, 34, 36, 37, 76, 77, 87, 125

Updated November 2019

N5 Assignment from 2018

I will be working through this section over the next few months. Some of the materials from 2017 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.

Here is a marking grid, obviously only if you are able to find time for a practice. It is not to be used to tentatively mark the student assignment being sent to the SQA.

Marking grid.docx

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 mark
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.2
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.



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?