This topic introduces you to the study of materials.  Material science is an important discipline as it is vital that materials have the correct properties for the job in hand.  The new A380 Airbus is a massive machine with a mass of over 600 tonnes.  It can only fly because the materials from which it is made are very light, but very strong.  Contrast this with a chipboard cupboard that is very heavy but very feeble.


Material scientists carry out a range of tests on new materials to see how they behave when stretched, squashed or twisted.  They see what happens when they use extreme conditions (e.g. very hot or very cold).

Tutorial 1

Material Properties

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Tutorial 2

Hooke's Law

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Tutorial 3

Stress, Strain, and Young's Modulus

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Tutorial 4

Fluid Materials (Not on AQA Syllabus)

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AS Data Sheet (.pdf file).  Click on the PDF icon.  Download it, print it off, and use it whenever you do a test. 

It will also make very good lavatory reading.  Knowing where a formula can be found will help you no end in the exam.

Materials Topic multiple-choice test. 

Topic Test

Mock examination using a past paper (June 2009).

Mock Exam

Mark scheme for the past paper.  Note that a mark scheme does not give model answers.  If in doubt, ask your teacher.

Mark Scheme

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