A book you can buy to prepare for A-Level Physics:
- We follow the OCR specification and you will be given a textbook at the beginning of the course.
- You will also have access to an electronic version of this book online through the Kerboodle platform.
- You may wish to buy the book below to prepare yourself for the course in September.
- “Head start to A-Level Physics” (CGP) – Bridges the gap between GCSE and A-Level with study notes, examples and questions plus introductions to key A-Level topics.
(Available on Kindle or as paperback - If out of stock on Amazon there are plenty of other websites this can be purchased from)
Books you can read for interest and to ignite your passion in Physics:
- “A Brief History of Time” (Stephen Hawking)
- “Astrophysics for people in a hurry” (Neil Degrasse Tyson)
- “Quantum: A Guide For The Perplexed” (Jim Al-Khalili)
- “A Short History of Nearly Everything” (Bill Bryson)
Websites for information and interest:
- “Physics world” - This has a really good selection of podcasts, interviews with Physicists and it contains many articles about current research in Physics.
- “Hyperphyiscs” – A comprehensive coverage of most of Physics that shows the links between different areas of Physics. Online tutorials including modern Physics and Astronomy.
- “icould” – Real stories to inspire your career. An array of useful career guidance to start thinking about where you’re A-Levels might take you
- “PhET Interactive Simulations” – Produced by the University of Colorado, PhET is a large collection of simulations of different phenomena that can be used to investigate a vastly different areas of Physics and the other Sciences. Both educational when trying to understand a concept better and fun to push Physics to its limits.
Fascinating and though-provoking videos and podcasts:
- “TED talks” – fascinating talks on any subject to stir your curiosity
[Also available via YouTube]
- “The Christmas lectures” – Started by Michael Faraday in 1825 and now broadcast every year on National television; the UK’s flagship science series
- “The Life Scientific” – The Life Scientific is a BBC Radio 4 science programme, presented by Professor Jim Al-Khalili, in which each episode is dedicated to the biography and work of one living scientist.
Key GCSE areas to revise, understand and review to prepare for the early A-Level topics:
- Pythagoras’s theorem
- Indices and standard form
- Calculating the gradients of graphs
- Algebra (rearranging equations)
- Scalar and vector quantities
- Drawing vector diagrams to add vector quantities together
- Direct current circuits
- Forces and motion
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