Start revising for your DYNAMICS TEST 16th March,
For those completing units you will be doing a DYNAMICS AND SPACE TEST. Information for test coverage can be found on the Lesmahagow High School Website in the Physics section, link below
Materials for the SQA National 5 Physics Course
Start revising for your DYNAMICS TEST 16th March,
For those completing units you will be doing a DYNAMICS AND SPACE TEST. Information for test coverage can be found on the Lesmahagow High School Website in the Physics section, link below
Here is an experiment
Various materials of the same mass (500g) are crushed, placed in a boil in the bag bag and placed in boiling water until they have reached equilibrium. They are they removed rapidly and placed into a beaker with a known volume of water and a known temperature. The highest temperature they reach is recorded.
Describe what will happen to the temperature of the beakers when the bags are placed in them.
Why are the bags left in the boiling water for a long time?
Why must you be quick moving the bags into the beakers of water at room temperature?
What would happen if water got trapped in the top of the bag when moving them?
Why are the materials crushed and not a solid lump?
Could this be used to find a value for the specific heat capacity? If so, how.
At last I’ve completed the LOQ. I am sure I’ll find mistakes when I produce the answers. I will get those done a.s.a.p, but they take a lot longer to type up than write up.
When completing these questions there is no point in just going straight to the answers, it wont teach you anything. Use the answers after you’ve completed what you can do and had a good guess at what you can’t. Mark in green anything you’ve had to look up.
Enjoy!
This also contains some bonus material on problem solving questions. You’ll find these in every paper.
There is absolutely no point in just copying out the answers. There is an important requirement in checking your answers carefully to ensure you haven’t made a mistake and that you’ve understood the course specifications and the learning outcomes.
Only check over the answer when you’ve completed a section and mark them in green pen.
From the Understanding Standards Meeting I went to Physics teachers were advised to tell their students NOT to add in the rearranging line for their calculations. Just do the formula, substitution and final line. For some of you this will involve too many steps so you might want to cross out any middle lines. I’ve shown mine in these answers to hopefully give you more help as to how to get to the answer.
NEARLY THERE!
Blast it crashed with 3 questions to go and I am too tired to add them all back in. I’ll keep at it over the next few weeks, at least then it is done and I just need to go through and do the corrections. (updated 14th March 2020)
20/12/19 finished
Making Progress, but can’t quite keep up with all the unknowns of the current health situation. If anyone is self isolating and wants to type these up, please do so! Need to finalise marking 17th March 2020
Currently these are just a draft set of questions and I’ll change them when they are completed. These will be sufficient for you at the moment.
Until I complete the full Learning Outcome Question Booklet, which will probably take me until Christmas 2019 here is the WAVES section completed.
Hopefully by completing all of these questions you will have produced an excellent set of revision notes from which to revise.
You can always use these in electronic version to answer the questions but DON’T think you’ll produce one set between you and copy!
May 2019
This is the updated version of the Dynamics booklet, updated to match the 2017 SQA changes.
The materials below I’ve just uploaded from my Intermediate 2 folder and thought some of this might be useful. It’s a quick upload and I’ll sort it out when the rest of the development work is completed (hahaha). Currently I’ve a prelim to write and get copied for two weeks time.
Here are some practice questions with worked answers and 6 to a page diagram of the sky diving graph
Thanks to S Gray, Drummond Community High School, for putting together this book of experiments that you should have covered in your N5 Physics lessons. Any of these could be discussed in your exam as a question.
Mrs Physics and Ms Horn are working on the last unit for the N5 course the new Space Topic.
There have been several changes from the previous outcomes. This ought to be the most up to date work.
You can read about some of the risks of human spaceflight in the infographic below.
Source Space.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration
Here are a few links and documents. Hope you can get access to them.
www.open.edu/History of Universe Timeline
I’ve put together, with Mrs Mac’s help, a document with quantity, symbol, unit and unit symbol so that you know the meaning of the terms in the Relationships Sheet. It is in EXCEL so that you can sort it by course, quantity or symbol.
Quantity, Symbol, Units the excel sheet
Quantity, Symbol, Units N5 a pdf sheet sorted by course and then alphabetical by quantity.
N  H  A  Physical Quantity  sym  Unit  Unit Abb. 

5  absorbed dose  D  gray  Gy  
5  absorbed dose rate  H (dot)  gray per second gray per hour gray per year  Gys^{1} Gyh ^{1} Gyy^{1}  
5  6  7  acceleration  a  metre per second per second  m s^{2} 
5  6  7  acceleration due to gravity  g  metre per second per second  m s^{2} 
5  activity  A  becquerel  Bq  
5  6  7  amplitude  A  metre  m 
5  6  7  angle  θ  degree  ° 
5  6  7  area  A  square metre  m^{2} 
5  6  7  average speed  v (bar)  metre per second  m s^{1} 
5  6  7  average velocity  v (bar)  metre per second  m s^{1} 
5  6  7  change of speed  ∆v  metre per second  m s^{1} 
5  6  7  change of velocity  ∆v  metre per second  m s^{1} 
5  count rate    counts per second (counts per minute)    
5  6  7  current  I  ampere  A 
5  6  7  displacement  s  metre  m 
5  6  7  distance  d  metre, light year  m , ly 
5  6  7  distance, depth, height  d or h  metre  m 
5  effective dose  H  sievert  Sv  
5  6  7  electric charge  Q  coulomb  C 
5  6  7  electric charge  Q or q  coulomb  C 
5  6  7  electric current  I  ampere  A 
5  6  7  energy  E  joule  J 
5  equivalent dose  H  sievert  Sv  
5  equivalent dose rate  H (dot)  sievert per second sievert per hour sievert per year  Svs ^{1} Svh^{1} Svy ^{1}  
5  6  7  final velocity  v  metre per second  m s^{1} 
5  6  7  force  F  newton  N 
5  6  7  force, tension, upthrust, thrust  F  newton  N 
5  6  7  frequency  f  hertz  Hz 
5  6  7  gravitational field strength  g  newton per kilogram  N kg^{1} 
5  6  7  gravitational potential energy  E_{p}  joule  J 
5  halflife  t_{1/2}  second (minute, hour, day, year)  s  
5  6  heat energy  E_{h}  joule  J  
5  6  7  height, depth  h  metre  m 
5  6  7  initial speed  u  metre per second  m/s 
5  6  7  initial velocity  u  metre per second  m s^{1} 
5  6  7  kinetic energy  E_{k}  joule  J 
5  6  7  length  l  metre  m 
5  6  7  mass  m  kilogram  kg 
5  number of nuclei decaying  N      
5  6  7  period  T  second  s 
5  6  7  potential difference  V  volt  V 
5  6  7  potential energy  E_{p}  joule  J 
5  6  7  power  P  watt  W 
5  6  7  pressure  P or p  pascal  Pa 
5  radiation weighting factor  w_{R}      
5  6  7  radius  r  metre  m 
5  6  7  resistance  R  ohm  Ω 
5  6  7  specific heat capacity  c  joule per kilogram per degree Celsius  Jkg^{1} °C ^{1} 
5  6  specific latent heat  l  joule per kilogram  Jkg ^{1}  
5  6  7  speed of light in a vacuum  c  metre per second  m s ^{1} 
5  6  7  speed, final speed  v  metre per second  ms ^{1} 
5  6  7  speed, velocity, final velocity  v  metre per second  m s^{1} 
5  6  7  supply voltage  V_{s}  volt  V 
5  6  7  temperature  T  degree Celsius  °C 
5  6  7  temperature  T  kelvin  K 
5  6  7  time  t  second  s 
5  6  7  total resistance  R_{}  ohm  Ω 
5  6  7  voltage  V  volt  V 
5  6  7  voltage, potential difference  V  volt  V 
5  6  7  volume  V  cubic metre  m^{3} 
5  6  7  weight  W  newton  N 
5  6  7  work done  W or E_{W}  joule  J 
7  angle  θ  radian  rad  
7  angular acceleration  a  radian per second per second  rad s^{2}  
7  angular displacement  θ  radian  rad  
7  angular frequency  ω  radian per second  rad s^{1}  
7  angular momentum  L  kilogram metre squared per second  kg m^{2} s ^{1}  
7  angular velocity, final angular velocity  ω  radian per second  rad s^{1}  
7  apparent brightness  b  Watts per square metre  Wm^{2}  
7  back emf  e  volt  V  
6  7  capacitance  C  farad  F  
7  capacitive reactance  X_{c}  ohm  W  
6  critical angle  θ_{c}  degree  °  
density  ρ  kilogram per cubic metre  kg m^{3}  
7  displacement  s or x or y  metre  m  
efficiency  η      
6  7  electric field strength  E  newton per coulomb volts per metre  N C ^{1} Vm ^{1} 

7  electrical potential  V  volt  V  
6  7  electromotive force (e.m.f)  E or ε  volt  V  
6  energy level  E _{1} , E _{2} , etc  joule  J  
feedback resistance  R_{f}  ohm  Ω  
focal length of a lens  f  metre  m  
6  frequency of source  f_{s}  hertz  Hz  
6  7  fringe separation  ∆x  metre  m  
6  7  grating to screen distance  D  metre  m  
7  gravitational potential  U or V  joule per kilogram  J kg^{1}  
halfvalue thickness  T_{1/2}  metre  m  
6  7  impulse  (∆p)  newton second kilogram metre per second  Ns kgms^{1} 

7  induced e.m.f.  E or ε  volt  V  
7  inductor reactance  X_{L}  ohm  W  
7  initial angular velocity  ω _{o}  radian per second  rad s^{1}  
input energy  E _{i}  joule  J  
input power  P_{i}  watt  W  
input voltage  V _{1} or V_{2}  volt  V  
input voltage  V_{ i}  volt  V  
6  internal resistance  r  ohm  Ω  
6  7  irradiance  I  watt per square metre  W m^{1}  
7  luminoscity  L  Watt  W  
7  magnetic induction  B  tesla  T  
7  moment of inertia  I  kilogram metre squared  kg m^{2}  
6  7  momentum  p  kilogram metre per second  kg m s^{1}  
6  number of photons per second per cross sectional area  N      
number of turns on primary coil  n _{p}      
number of turns on secondary coil  n _{s}      
6  observed wavelength  λ _{observed}  metre  m  
output energy  E _{o}  joule  J  
output power  P _{o}  watt  W  
output voltage  V _{o}  volt  V  
6  peak current  I_{peak}  ampere  A  
6  peak voltage  V_{ peak}  volt  V  
7  phase angle  Φ  radian  rad  
6  7  Planck’s constant  h  joule second  Js  
7  polarising angle (Brewster’s angle)  i _{p}  degree  ̊  
power (of a lens)  P  dioptre  D  
power gain  P_{gain }      
7  Power per unit area  Watts per square metre  Wm^{2}  
primary current  I _{p}  ampere  A  
primary voltage  V_{p}  volt  V  
7  radial acceleration  a_{r}  metre per second per second  m s^{2}  
6  redshift  z      
6  7  refractive index  n      
6  relativistic length  l'  metre  m  
6  relativistic time  t'  second  s  
rest mass  m_{o}  kilogram  kg  
6  rest wavelength  λ_{rest}  metre  m  
6  root mean square current  I _{rms}  ampere  A  
6  root mean square voltage  V_{rms}  volt  V  
7  rotational kinetic energy  E_{rot}  joule  J  
7  schwarzchild radius  r_{Schwarzchild}  metre  m  
secondary current  I_{s}  ampere  A  
secondary voltage  V_{s}  volt  V  
7  selfinductance  L  henry  H  
6  7  slit separation  d  metre  m  
7  tangential acceleration  a_{t}  metre per second per second  m s^{2}  
6  threshold frequency  f_{o}  hertz  Hz  
7  time constant  t  second  s  
7  torque  Τ  newton metre  Nm  
7  uncertainty in Energy  ∆E  joule  J  
7  uncertainty in momentum  ∆p^{x}  kilogram metre per second  kgms^{1}  
7  uncertainty in position  ∆x  metre  m  
7  uncertainty in time  ∆t  second  s  
6  velocity of observer  v_{o}  metre per second  m s^{1}  
6  velocity of source  v_{s}  metre per second  m s^{1}  
voltage gain        
voltage gain  A_{o} or V _{gain }      
5  6  7  wavelength  λ  metre  m 
6  work function  W  joule  J 
The Properties of Matter Booklet in both word and pdf form.
Properties of matter notes pdf
Properties of matter notes word
Here are a set of summary notes, I made a few changes and put them into a table rather than boxes to help the flow, not that anyone would know. Thanks to the teacher who produced these sorry there was no name on them.
Thanks to other Physics teachers who have provided resources for these notes.
Updated November 2019
Electricity 2017 Final word version of the Electricity Unit.
Electricity 2017 Final pdf version.
The booklet is large as it contains lots of questions for you to practice, practicals for you to complete and notes.
They are large notes so that you ought to be able to work your way through whether you are in class or away at college etc.
Please return your copy to the faculty on 30th April 2020!
The section numbers are linked to the compendium with all the things to cover in National 5 Physics.
resistor network Try this when you think you have got to grips with resistances in series and parallel.
AC_DC[1] This is a powerpoint presentation that someone passed to be in the days of SG. It covers AC and DC traces
VOLTAGE DIVIDER FORMULAE The formula sheet for voltage dividers
VOLTAGE divider Q Practice those horrible voltage divider questions with this pdf version of the document below. The answers are given for you to check. VOLTAGE divider Q
Here are some additional notes that might help as you go through the materials. Check out the post on using your calculators to measure resistance (I’ll add the link here when I’ve found the post!)
Ring main Based on the SG course notes and not really in the N5 course, but it might give a little background to why when calculating the fuse rating for an appliance you use 240V and not the 230 V as stated.
EE1 – Electricity LOCKERBIE The old electricity notes (based on a colleagues work thank you and I’ll find out who you are), these will be superceded when the document above is completed.
Elect & elect D&G Prob Book no answers These are some great little questions by Mr Belford from Dumfries Academy, but some of the numbers are a little bit fictional!
Elect & elect D&G Prob Book no answers The above document as a pdf file.
…… to be continued!
The Dynamics Notes are now uploaded to the blog post called Dynamics 2018, although most of the material here is totally relevant. It might well be in the wrong place and I’ll sort that as soon as I can.
These are examples to find acceleration and displacement from vt graphs. vt graph examples.
Currently I’ve worked out the displacements. I’ll add the accelerations when I’ve done them! vt graph example answers
parachutes pdf file of the power point
parachutes power point
Projectile questions pdf file of projectile questions
Use the pdf file, printed from a powerpoint presentation to practice work for the D&S topic. Some space has been left so that you can record your answers on the sheets. They are saved 6 slides to a page
Dynamics and Space Revision ANSWERS Don’t peek at the answers until you’ve finished going through the questions and created your own answers.
Need help with motion graphs, practice with this link
https://tinycards.duolingo.com/decks/motion graphs
https://tinycards.duolingo.com/decks/equations
https://tinycards.duolingo.com/decks/more equations
I would like to thank all the schools who have produced notes that are reproduced here. Know that I am really grateful. I have a half finished set of my own notes, but don’t think I can get them suitably done in time. Be assured that at least you’ll have some excellent higher notes next year, and after those scores I am expecting a big Higher class 20172018!
The above two booklets count as one!
N4 N5 Unit 1 Summary Notes[1] These are the same set of notes, one is in word, but for those that cannot read that the other is a pdf file, which you ought to be able to read.
The notes below would be combined into one booklet (the one at the end of this section)
N5 DS Mar 13 Dynamics Teacher notes
N5 DS Mar 13 Forces Pupil notes
N5 DS Mar 13 Forces Teacher notes
N5 DS Mar 13 Space Pupil notes
N5 DS Mar 13 Space Teacher notes
N5 DS Pupil material notes FINAL COPY 13th JUNE
N5 DS Pupil material notes FINAL COPY 13th JUNE
The booklet below is an Intermediate 2 booklet and contains some material for other topics and some material is missing. It might be a good idea to get yourself a copy of this, if possible, especially if you are not a great lover of the heat section!
Here are some more notes produced for Intermediate 2. There are some good questions here, but it does not cover all of the topic we are about to complete.
I will add some cutouts and single page resources as we go through the course. If you lose yours, you will have to print them off yourself or take a photo!
PhysicsCoursePhysicsofFlightLearner_tcm4752866 PhysicsCoursePhysicsofFlightStaff_tcm4752868 PhysicsCourseTelescopeLearner_tcm4756621 PhysicsCourseTelescopeStaff_tcm4756620
REVISION OF BGE TRANSPORT MATERIALS
N5 Papers  Year  Marking  Exam Reports  Digital QP 

NO EXAM  2020  covid19  for the 1st time in history  no exam 
QP 2019  2019  MI 2019  Report 2019  
QP 2018  2018  MI 2018  Report 2018  2018 DQP 
Specimen QP & MI  New Model  Specimen QP & MI  Assignment Assessment  Specimen Sect1 DQP Sect2 DQP RelationSheet DQP 
QP 2017  2017  MI 2017  Report 2017  2017 DQP 
QP 2016  2016  MI 2016  Report 2016  2016 DQP 
QP 2015  2015  MI 2015  Report 2015  2015 Sect1 DQP 2015 Sect2 DQP 
QP 2014  2014  MI 2014  Report 2014  2014 DQP 
Specimen QP & MI  Model  Specimen QP & MI  
READ THIS  FIRST  MARK GUIDE 
If you’d like to work through past papers by topic then Mr Davie from Glenrothes has done all the hard work for you and has promised to keep this list up to date. He says
http://bit.ly/N5pastpapers
This document was created in order to make it easier to find past paper questions both for teachers and students. I will do my best to keep this document up to date and include new past paper questions as they become available.
Mr C Davie
As well as the National 5 Physics Papers above I’ve added some Standard Grade Physics Papers.
My thanks to J Boyle for passing these on. They are really good practice for students to use for revision for N4/5 etc.
Paper  Year  M.I.  Exam Report 

SG(C) 2013  2013  SG(C) 2013 MI  2013 Report 
SG(C) 2012  2012  SG(C) 2012 MI  2012 Report 
SG(C) 2011  2011  SG(C) 2011 MI  2011 Report 
SG(C) 2010  2010  SG(C) 2010 MI  2010 Report 
SG(C) 2009  2009  SG(C) 2009 MI  2009 Report 
SG(C) 2008  2008  SG(C) 2008 MI  2008 Report 
SG(C) 2007  2007  SG(C) 2007 MI  2007 Report 
SG(C) 2006  2006  SG(C) 2006 MI  2006 Report 
SG(C) 2005  2005  SG(C) 2005 MI  2005 Report 
SG(C) 2004  2004  2004 Report  
SG(C) 2003  2003  2003 Report  
SG(C) 2002  2002  2002 Report  
SG(C) 2001  2001  SG(C) soln 0004  
SG(C) 2000  2000  SG(C) soln 0004  
SG(C) 1999  1999  SG(C) soln 9599 pdf  
SG(C) 1998  1998  SG(C) soln 9599 pdf  
SG(C) 1997  1997  SG(C) soln 9599 pdf  
SG(C) 1996  1996  SG(C) soln 9599 pdf  
SG(C) 1995  1995  SG(C) soln 9599 word  
SG(C) 1994  1994  SG(C) soln 9094 pdf  
SG(C) 1993  1993  SG(C) soln 9094 pdf  
SG(C) 1992  1992  SG(C) soln 9094 pdf  
SG(C) 1991  1991  SG(C)red soln 9094 word  
SG(C) 1990  1990  SG(C) soln 9094 pdf 
Here are the Intermediate 2 Physics Papers. The table isn’t yet complete, but you might want to start looking over some questions. Many of these could pop up on National 5 papers.
Int 2 Papers  Year  Marking Instructions  Exam Reports 

Int2 2015  2015  MI 2015  
Int2 2014  2014  MI 2014  
Int2 2013  2013  MI 2013  I2 Report 2013 
Int2 2012  2012  MI 2012  I2 Report 2012 
Int2 2011  2011  MI 2011  I2 Report 2011 
Int2 2010  2010  MI 2010  I2 Report 2010 
Int2 2009  2009  MI 2009  I2 Report 2009 
Int2 2008  2008  MI 2008  I2 Report 2008 
Int2 2007  2007  MI 2007  I2 Report 2007 
Int2 2006  2006  MI 2006  I2 Report 2006 
Int 2 2005  2005  MI 2005  I2 Report 2005 
Int2 2004  2004  MI 2004  I2 Report 2004 
Int2 2003  2003  MI 2003  I2 Report 2003 
Int2 2002  2002  MI 2002  I2 Report 2002 
2001  MI 2001  
2000  MI 2000  
Int2 Specimen  Specimen  Specimen Answers  
READ THIS  FIRST  MARK GUIDE 
We hope you will enjoy the experience of learning Physics over the next year. This information gives you a clear idea of what you’ll complete during the course.
The first thing to understand if you are to achieve your best in Physics at National 5, is to have a clear understanding of how the course is run. The course is made up of several parts; divided up in several ways.
There are six units and the Assignment (which changed for the session 201718):
The topics covered in each unit are given below:
Eventually, you will have a set of Learning Outcome Questions to complete, containing what you have to know for the exam.
The SQA states that the Assignment and Exam will test:
In summary the course will be completed in the following order:
Currently, all the information you need to pass the exam is highlighted in the Compendium. Check this every lesson and note your progress through the course, ensure you understand what you need to know.
Eventually, we hope to produce a set of Learning Outcome Questions, the answers will provide you with a perfect set of revision notes. These should be answered clearly and concisely in your Notes. Either copy out each question or print the questions and stick these in your notes. Then others can test you. Alternatively, you can make these into flash cards.
Another hint is to make your work as colourful and neat as possible. This is going to form your most important work so take care of it. If it is bright, colourful, well presented and laid out it will be easy to revise from. Hand in your notes regularly for checking.
At the back of the notes jotter keep a list of all of your quantities etc. in a table like the one below. These are also in the compendium.
N  H  A  Physical Quantity  sym  Unit  Unit Abb. 

5  absorbed dose  D  gray  Gy  
5  absorbed dose rate  H (dot)  gray per second gray per hour gray per year  Gys^{1} Gyh ^{1} Gyy^{1}  
5  6  7  acceleration  a  metre per second per second  m s^{2} 
5  6  7  acceleration due to gravity  g  metre per second per second  m s^{2} 
5  activity  A  becquerel  Bq  
5  6  7  amplitude  A  metre  m 
5  6  7  angle  θ  degree  ° 
5  6  7  area  A  square metre  m^{2} 
5  6  7  average speed  v (bar)  metre per second  m s^{1} 
5  6  7  average velocity  v (bar)  metre per second  m s^{1} 
5  6  7  change of speed  ∆v  metre per second  m s^{1} 
5  6  7  change of velocity  ∆v  metre per second  m s^{1} 
5  count rate    counts per second (counts per minute)    
5  6  7  current  I  ampere  A 
5  6  7  displacement  s  metre  m 
5  6  7  distance  d  metre, light year  m , ly 
5  6  7  distance, depth, height  d or h  metre  m 
5  effective dose  H  sievert  Sv  
5  6  7  electric charge  Q  coulomb  C 
5  6  7  electric charge  Q or q  coulomb  C 
5  6  7  electric current  I  ampere  A 
5  6  7  energy  E  joule  J 
5  equivalent dose  H  sievert  Sv  
5  equivalent dose rate  H (dot)  sievert per second sievert per hour sievert per year  Svs ^{1} Svh^{1} Svy ^{1}  
5  6  7  final velocity  v  metre per second  m s^{1} 
5  6  7  force  F  newton  N 
5  6  7  force, tension, upthrust, thrust  F  newton  N 
5  6  7  frequency  f  hertz  Hz 
5  6  7  gravitational field strength  g  newton per kilogram  N kg^{1} 
5  6  7  gravitational potential energy  E_{p}  joule  J 
5  halflife  t_{1/2}  second (minute, hour, day, year)  s  
5  6  heat energy  E_{h}  joule  J  
5  6  7  height, depth  h  metre  m 
5  6  7  initial speed  u  metre per second  m/s 
5  6  7  initial velocity  u  metre per second  m s^{1} 
5  6  7  kinetic energy  E_{k}  joule  J 
5  6  7  length  l  metre  m 
5  6  7  mass  m  kilogram  kg 
5  number of nuclei decaying  N      
5  6  7  period  T  second  s 
5  6  7  potential difference  V  volt  V 
5  6  7  potential energy  E_{p}  joule  J 
5  6  7  power  P  watt  W 
5  6  7  pressure  P or p  pascal  Pa 
5  radiation weighting factor  w_{R}      
5  6  7  radius  r  metre  m 
5  6  7  resistance  R  ohm  Ω 
5  6  7  specific heat capacity  c  joule per kilogram per degree Celsius  Jkg^{1} °C ^{1} 
5  6  specific latent heat  l  joule per kilogram  Jkg ^{1}  
5  6  7  speed of light in a vacuum  c  metre per second  m s ^{1} 
5  6  7  speed, final speed  v  metre per second  ms ^{1} 
5  6  7  speed, velocity, final velocity  v  metre per second  m s^{1} 
5  6  7  supply voltage  V_{s}  volt  V 
5  6  7  temperature  T  degree Celsius  °C 
5  6  7  temperature  T  kelvin  K 
5  6  7  time  t  second  s 
5  6  7  total resistance  R_{}  ohm  Ω 
5  6  7  voltage  V  volt  V 
5  6  7  voltage, potential difference  V  volt  V 
5  6  7  volume  V  cubic metre  m^{3} 
5  6  7  weight  W  newton  N 
5  6  7  work done  W or E_{W}  joule  J 
7  angle  θ  radian  rad  
7  angular acceleration  a  radian per second per second  rad s^{2}  
7  angular displacement  θ  radian  rad  
7  angular frequency  ω  radian per second  rad s^{1}  
7  angular momentum  L  kilogram metre squared per second  kg m^{2} s ^{1}  
7  angular velocity, final angular velocity  ω  radian per second  rad s^{1}  
7  apparent brightness  b  Watts per square metre  Wm^{2}  
7  back emf  e  volt  V  
6  7  capacitance  C  farad  F  
7  capacitive reactance  X_{c}  ohm  W  
6  critical angle  θ_{c}  degree  °  
density  ρ  kilogram per cubic metre  kg m^{3}  
7  displacement  s or x or y  metre  m  
efficiency  η      
6  7  electric field strength  E  newton per coulomb volts per metre  N C ^{1} Vm ^{1} 

7  electrical potential  V  volt  V  
6  7  electromotive force (e.m.f)  E or ε  volt  V  
6  energy level  E _{1} , E _{2} , etc  joule  J  
feedback resistance  R_{f}  ohm  Ω  
focal length of a lens  f  metre  m  
6  frequency of source  f_{s}  hertz  Hz  
6  7  fringe separation  ∆x  metre  m  
6  7  grating to screen distance  D  metre  m  
7  gravitational potential  U or V  joule per kilogram  J kg^{1}  
halfvalue thickness  T_{1/2}  metre  m  
6  7  impulse  (∆p)  newton second kilogram metre per second  Ns kgms^{1} 

7  induced e.m.f.  E or ε  volt  V  
7  inductor reactance  X_{L}  ohm  W  
7  initial angular velocity  ω _{o}  radian per second  rad s^{1}  
input energy  E _{i}  joule  J  
input power  P_{i}  watt  W  
input voltage  V _{1} or V_{2}  volt  V  
input voltage  V_{ i}  volt  V  
6  internal resistance  r  ohm  Ω  
6  7  irradiance  I  watt per square metre  W m^{1}  
7  luminoscity  L  Watt  W  
7  magnetic induction  B  tesla  T  
7  moment of inertia  I  kilogram metre squared  kg m^{2}  
6  7  momentum  p  kilogram metre per second  kg m s^{1}  
6  number of photons per second per cross sectional area  N      
number of turns on primary coil  n _{p}      
number of turns on secondary coil  n _{s}      
6  observed wavelength  λ _{observed}  metre  m  
output energy  E _{o}  joule  J  
output power  P _{o}  watt  W  
output voltage  V _{o}  volt  V  
6  peak current  I_{peak}  ampere  A  
6  peak voltage  V_{ peak}  volt  V  
7  phase angle  Φ  radian  rad  
6  7  Planck’s constant  h  joule second  Js  
7  polarising angle (Brewster’s angle)  i _{p}  degree  ̊  
power (of a lens)  P  dioptre  D  
power gain  P_{gain }      
7  Power per unit area  Watts per square metre  Wm^{2}  
primary current  I _{p}  ampere  A  
primary voltage  V_{p}  volt  V  
7  radial acceleration  a_{r}  metre per second per second  m s^{2}  
6  redshift  z      
6  7  refractive index  n      
6  relativistic length  l'  metre  m  
6  relativistic time  t'  second  s  
rest mass  m_{o}  kilogram  kg  
6  rest wavelength  λ_{rest}  metre  m  
6  root mean square current  I _{rms}  ampere  A  
6  root mean square voltage  V_{rms}  volt  V  
7  rotational kinetic energy  E_{rot}  joule  J  
7  schwarzchild radius  r_{Schwarzchild}  metre  m  
secondary current  I_{s}  ampere  A  
secondary voltage  V_{s}  volt  V  
7  selfinductance  L  henry  H  
6  7  slit separation  d  metre  m  
7  tangential acceleration  a_{t}  metre per second per second  m s^{2}  
6  threshold frequency  f_{o}  hertz  Hz  
7  time constant  t  second  s  
7  torque  Τ  newton metre  Nm  
7  uncertainty in Energy  ∆E  joule  J  
7  uncertainty in momentum  ∆p^{x}  kilogram metre per second  kgms^{1}  
7  uncertainty in position  ∆x  metre  m  
7  uncertainty in time  ∆t  second  s  
6  velocity of observer  v_{o}  metre per second  m s^{1}  
6  velocity of source  v_{s}  metre per second  m s^{1}  
voltage gain        
voltage gain  A_{o} or V _{gain }      
5  6  7  wavelength  λ  metre  m 
6  work function  W  joule  J 
Your formulae should also be in the notes section. Keep the list up to date! Each time that you learn a new formula put this in your notes. Make sure you include units, symbols and the meaning of each letter. Check that you can rearrange the formula to find any missing quantity.
The work that you do in class should usually be written in your class work jotter. Date all work and record a title for each activity. Sometimes notes will go straight into your notes jotter, so you must have this with you every lesson.
You will also keep a profile of your performance in your profile section. This should start with your contract (see the end of this post), profile of you and an introduction About Yourself. This will help us to gain a good understanding of how you function. You will need to set targets each month on how you can improve your performance or maintain your performance at the current level, if it really is the best you can deliver. We will also try to tailor some of the tasks to items that interest you and assist you in meeting these targets. All progress that you make should be recorded in this jotter and it would be helpful to discuss these targets with folk at home. Include a progress bullseye chart each month like the one below, electronic copies can be downloaded from the links below too.
The main reason we use the pupil profile is to give you the chance to discuss with your teacher, at your leisure, any concerns, worries or problems you might have. This is not to prevent you from talking directly to your teacher, but it gives you the opportunity to enter into a dialogue with your teacher at a time that is convenient to you both. This will become part of your homework on a monthly basis. Your pupil profiles should be handed in on the first lesson of every month. Get into the routine of handing this in. Please mark in your student planners that this homework is due on the first Physics lesson of every month. Obviously, if you wish to hand this in more often you may do so, in fact hand this in whenever you have a concern. Your teacher will record and note any concerns and comments and deal with these as soon as possible. This may be in the form of additional work, additional help or additional resources. But don’t forget your pupil profiles can also tell us when you’re really happy with the course, enjoying it and feel that you are making good progress. Don’t rush your response, but engage with how you can improve and what areas you feel are your weakest and strongest.
The five rules of the Physics Department are for pupils follow to ensure a pleasant and safe environment.
Remember Science is about trial and error and looking for ways to fix mistakes, what a better example for life!
In addition to the core rules the following routines are expected of pupils during their time in this department. Pupils should:
You will be expected to complete all the homework set and hand it in on time. We will contact parents/carers if we think you are not completing this vital part of the course. We do not issue homework because we want you to spend all your life working, but because it gives you the opportunity to consolidate the work completed in class. It has been proved that students who complete homework do better in their exams.
You will be issued with a timeline. This may be on a monthly, weekly or termly basis. This will show you what homework you will have to do, where on the course you are and when assessment dates are likely to be. We may have to update this through the year but it should be used to plan study and work. Don’t waste it, use it!
If you do not understand any aspect of the course or work and you have read through the material at home then ask. Both members of the Department (Mrs Physics and Ms Horn) are willing to help you with your work.
This is a list of the equipment you need to bring to Physics
Sometimes there may be a distraction in the classroom that is out of our control. Make sure that you use your time wisely if there is a distraction. Check and complete one or more of the activities listed below.
Your work is in your hands. This is time that can be used or abused. If you abuse your time now you will have to use your free time later. SPEND YOUR TIME WELL.
Always set out maths problems using the structure given below. It may seem to take longer but it will save time in the long run as it makes the question clearer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7akhlAS5Ck
In short:
http://www.mrsphysics.co.uk/usefullinks/generalmarkingprinciples/
http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/Physicsgeneralmarkingprinciples.pdf
REVISING Here are some really important ideas to help you with your revision (which shouldn’t just take place the night before a test but should be an ongoing process).
Find out:
DON’T JUST SIT THERE READING AND REREADING YOUR NOTES.
A STEP BY STEP REVISION STRATEGY
Believe it or not we also expect you to make sure you relax. Relaxation should be in proportion. Too much and you won’t finish the work, too little and you will not function properly; balance is important. Make sure that your relaxation includes plenty of exercise and fresh air. Don’t just vegetate in front of something electrical.
Now you have your survival guide may we wish you all the best and hope you perform Physics to the best of your ability, whatever that standard!
Remember we are a TEAM! It is not YOU ALONE! It will be most effective if YOU, ME and PEOPLE FROM HOME can all work together to support you through the next nine months. We each have a role to play. I need to explain what we need to do in the best way I can, and ensure you know the course content. Your role is to listen well in class, learn what you are taught, ask if you have not understood what you’ve been taught and review and revise little and often. Tell me if you are finding the work hard so that I can give you additional support. People at home are there to support and encourage you in your work and if possible test you on your learning, (provided you’ve laid it out as well as possible).
It is important that you review your performance after a test. One way to do that is through a Thinking about Revising Sheet.
Thinking about revising this is the pdf version
Thinking about revising this is the word version
Here is the link to the SQA N5 Physics website
Each month, (handing in your jotter on the first Physics period of the month), give an update on how you feel you’re getting on in Physics, reassess your targets and check through your progress. You ought to be able to tackle new past paper questions every month. For the first Progress Chart answer the questions contained in the profile below and write out the expectations and sign these.
pupil profile jotter word
Name:
Date of Birth:
Register Class:
Registration Room:
Register Teacher:
Pupil Support Teacher:
House:
Previous Physics Grade:
Maths Class:
Maths Teacher:
Approx. level Maths: N3, N4, N5
English Class:
English Teacher:
Approx. level English: N3, N4, N5.
Other subjects taken:
1
2
3
4
5
Tell us a little bit about yourself so that we can make the work as relevant to you as possible. Include things like
You could also include what kind of career you would like to have, what your goals are in life, and why you chose to take Physics.
During my time in Physics I want to achieve the following targets.
I …{insert your name}
will always do my best in N5 Physics
I will work hard in class, and follow the classroom code.
I will look over the work I have done each evening, and I complete each piece of homework and hand it in on time.
If I am absent I will catch up on the missed work and homework and ask if I am stuck.
I will ask my teacher for help when I am having difficulties, and will not give up.
I will show my homework to my parents when completed.
signed (you)
(and your parent/guardian to show that they have seen this)
Best Wishes for a lovely journey through N5 Physics