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GCSE Physics (OCR21) P6 Radioactive Materials

Improve your grade in your GCSE exam. Suitable for OCR 21st Century Science: Addtional Science or Physics A
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Created by Michael Hall
Last updated 4/2016
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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 P6 - Radioactive Materials, which is part of the OCR 21st Century Science 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.

In this unit you will learn about why some materials are radioactive, the properties of the three different types of radiation, their uses and effects.

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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Who is the target audience?
  • anyone taking the OCR 21st Century Additional Science or Physics (seperate science) exam
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What Will I Learn?
improve grades in GCSE physics exams
Describe the structure and behaviour of radioactive atoms
Describe the uses and effects of radiation
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  • no prior knowledge of GCSE physics required, we start from the basics
  • no software or additional materials required to take this course
  • all you need is a positive attitude and a desire to improve your physics grade
Curriculum For This Course
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1 Lecture 01:27
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.
Preview 01:27
Radioactive Atoms
2 Lectures 14:42

This session will cover the structure of the atom and how we know about that structure considering we can't see it!

Atomic Structure

Radioactive decay equations cause problems whenever they appear on exam papers and you'll learn how to master them in this session.

Radioactive Decay

Radioactive Atoms
10 questions
Understanding Radiation
3 Lectures 15:02

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.

Preview 06:22

We are exposed to radiation all the time and this session will look at where that comes from.

Background Radiation

Half-life questions are an examiner favourite and there's nothing to them... honest!


Understanding Radiation
10 questions
Using Radiation
4 Lectures 13:49

Radioactive materials are used in all sorts of places and we'll learn about the main ones here

Preview 06:31

Nuclear power is often controversial and misunderstood. Get you head around it in this session

Nuclear Power

When somebody thinks of physics, they think of Einstein's famous equation E=mc^. Here's your chance to learn what it's actually about!

Nuclear Fusion

Using Radiation
10 questions

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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!

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