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If you need help with Physics, you're in the right place. The Physics Boot Camp team has decades of experience of helping students of all abilities improve their GCSE science grades.
This course includes video lectures for every section, downloadable worksheets (with answers) for practice and a summary quiz for each section. Before you spend money on a private tutor, try our course - you can access the course when and where it suits you and the whole unit costs less than one session with a tutor!
This course covers the unit P2 - Physics for your Future, which is part of the Edexcel Additional Science or Physics A course. If this is not your exam board or course, then check out our instructor page for a suitable course for you.
this unit you will learn about why some materials are radioactive, the
properties of the three different types of radiation, their uses and
effects. You will learn how circuits work, how static electricity occurs
and the use of electricity in the home. You will learn how forces
affect motion, describing that motion and analysing the energy transfers
We use our expertise from helping thousands of students to highlight the key areas that you need for your exam, along with helping you avoid the mistakes that everyone else makes!
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|Section 1: Introduction|
Understand the structure of the unit and it's components. Taking 2 minutes to complete our pre-course survey (see resources) will help us to help you in the future.
|Section 2: Topic 1 - Static and Current Electricity|
Understanding the movement of electrons is essential for getting to grips with electricity and that's what you'll learn about here. Static electricity also includes the best ever physics demonstration so make sure you check out the van der graaf generator videos in the resource section
|Electricity is the movement of charged particles (electrons). Learn about that in a bit more detail here,|
There are two types of current, alternating and direct. Learn the differences in this session.
Topic 1 - Static and Current Electricity
|Section 3: Topic 2 - Controlling and Using Electric Current|
|There are two types of circuit, and understanding the difference between the two will help you solve more complex circuit problems later|
|Circuits don't work by magic but often students think of them in that mysterious way! This session will help you understand what is actually happening in the wires in a circuit.|
Why does electricity move around the circuit in the first place? This session will help you answer that and apply your knowledge to analyse circuits.
|The relationship between voltage, current and resistance is essential to understand what is happening in circuits. We've done current and voltage in the last two sessions... so guess what this one is about!|
Describe what is happening in circuits in terms of energy transfers
|Current, voltage and resistance questions are fine in isolation but put them all together and students start losing their minds! In this session you'll learn a simple method to help you solve any circuit that the examiners throw at you.|
|It wouldn't be physics without some equations, so we'll have a look at 3 equations related to power in this session.|
Topic 2 - Controlling and Using Electric Current
|Section 4: Topic 3 - Motion and Forces|
Newton's laws of motion explain how things move. Don't worry that we're starting with the 3rd law, we'll cover the other two later. You also don't need to remember which law is which, or even that they are
called Newton's laws, but I've kept the names as it's nice to give him credit!
|Newton's 1st Law describes how the motion of an object is affected by balanced and unbalanced forces. This includes one of the biggest misconceptions in this unit which always catches students out on exam papers - don't fall into the same trap!|
|Newton's 2nd Law describes the relationship between force, mass and acceleration.|
|Weight and mass are two commonly confused terms, it is important that you are able to describe the difference between the two, which you'll be able to do after this session|
|In this session you'll learn how to define and calculate speed and acceleration.|
There are two motion graphs that you need to know: distance-time and velocity-time graphs. Students tend to find these straightforward when dealing with them separately but look at them together and it's chaos! This session will highlight the key features to look for so that you can cope with whatever type of motion graph is thrown at you in the exam.
Topic 3 - Motion and Forces
|Section 5: Topic 4 - Momentum, Energy, Work and Power|
|A vehicle can't stop instantly and this session will help you identify the factors involved in the distance a vehicle travels before stopping.|
|Friction is something that we experience all day, every day. This session helps you to explain why it happens and how to increase or decrease it.|
|This session covers every aspect of momentum, from the mathematical calculations to the description of car safety features.|
This session tackles how quickly energy is used to do tasks, which is more simply known as power!
|Energy transfers for falling objects are my favourite part of this unit! Regardless of whether you love this or hate it, this session would help you conquer this kind of question on your exam.|
Topic 4 - Momentum, Energy, Work and Power
|Section 6: Topic 5 - Nuclear Fission and Nuclear Fusion|
|Radioactive decay equations cause problems whenever they appear on exam papers and you'll learn how to master them in this session.|
Learn what ions are here
|It's important to be able to describe the differences between the three types of nuclear radiation and that's what you'll learn in this session.|
|Nuclear fission is splitting an atom. Learn how to describe the process in this session.|
Nuclear power is often controversial and misunderstood. Get you head around it in this session
The last thing we want is a nuclear reaction going out of control! Learn how we can avoid that in this session
In this session you will learn about the process of nuclear fusion
Topic 5 - Nuclear Fission and Nuclear Fusion
|Section 7: Topic 6 - Advantages and Disadvantages of using Radioactive Materials|
|We are exposed to radiation all the time and this session will look at where that comes from.|
|Half-life questions are an examiner favourite and there's nothing to them... honest!|
|Radioactive materials are used in all sorts of places and we'll learn about the main ones here|
Topic 6 - Advantages and Disadvantages of using Radioactive Materials
Michael has been teaching GCSE science for 13 years, specialising in Physics. Over that time, he has built up extensive knowledge of the GCSE curriculum, including marking for exam boards as well as helping thousands of students tackle their exams. Michael is one of the directors of Physics Boot Camp.
The team at Physics Boot Camp have decades of experience of helping students of all abilities to improve their GCSE Science grades. We use our expertise to highlight the key areas you need to know for the exam as well as helping you avoid the mistakes everyone else is making!