SQA Advanced Higher Physics (Secondary Year 6) 

Rotational Motion and Astrophysics Quanta and Waves Electromagnetism 

Rotational Motion and Astrophysics 

Forces, energy and power 

Derivation of equations of motion using calculus methods. 
Go to Calculus Derivation 
Mechanics 6 
Use of calculus methods to calculate instantaneous displacement, velocity and acceleration for straight line motion with a constant or varying acceleration. 
Mechanics 6  
Use of appropriate
relationships to carry out calculations involving displacement,
velocity and acceleration and time for straight line motion with
constant or varying acceleration. Interpretation of graphs of motion
for objects 
Mechanics 6  
Calculation of displacement, velocity or acceleration from graphs. 
Mechanics 6  
Angular motion 

Use of the radian as a measure of angular displacement. 
Calculus Derivation at the end of Applied Physics 1

Further Mechanics 1 
Conversion between degrees and radians. Use of appropriate relationships to carry out calculations involving angular displacement, angular velocity and angular acceleration and time. 
Further Mechanics 1  
Use of appropriate relationships to carry out calculations involving angular and tangential motion. 
Applied Physics 1  
Use of an appropriate relationship to carry out calculations involving constant angular velocity and period. 
Further Mechanics 1  
Centripetal force and acceleration. Consideration of a
centripetal (radial or 
Further Mechanics 1  
Derivation of centripetal acceleration:
and

Further Mechanics 1  
Use of appropriate relationships to carry out calculations involving centripetal acceleration and centripetal force. 
Further Mechanics 2  
Rotational dynamics 

Consideration of an unbalanced torque as causing a change in the angular (rotational) motion of an object. 

Applied Physics 1 
Definition of moment of inertia of an object as a measure of its resistance to angular acceleration about a given axis. 
Applied Physics 1  
Use of appropriate relationships to calculate the moment of inertia of discrete masses, rods, discs and spheres about a given axis. 
Applied Physics 1  
Use of appropriate relationships to carry out calculations involving torque, perpendicular force, distance from axis, angular acceleration and moment of inertia. 
Applied Physics 1  
Angular momentum  Use of appropriate relationships to carry out calculations involving angular momentum, angular velocity, moment of inertia, tangential velocity, mass and its distance from the axis. 
Applied Physics 2  
Statement of the principle of conservation of angular momentum. 
Applied Physics 2  
Use of the principle of conservation of angular momentum to solve problems. 
Applied Physics 2  
Rotational kinetic energy  Use of appropriate relationships to
carry out 
Applied Physics 2  
Gravitation 

Definition of gravitational field strength as the gravitational force acting on a unit mass. 
Use of Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation to solve problems involving, force, masses and their separation is expected.
In the notes, the minus sign is used to indicate that gravity is attractive. 

Sketch field lines and field line patterns around a planet and a planet–moon system. 

Use of appropriate relationships to carry out calculations involving gravitational force, masses and their separation. 

Use of appropriate relationships to carry out calculations involving period of satellites in circular orbit, masses, orbit radius and satellite speed. 
Kepler III  
Gravitational potential and potential energy. Definition of gravitational potential of a point in space as the work done in moving unit mass from infinity to that point. 
Fields 2  
Knowledge that the energy required to move mass between two points in a gravitational field is independent of the path taken. 

Use of appropriate relationships to carry out calculations involving gravitational potential, gravitational potential energy, masses and their separation. 

Escape velocity 


Derivation of the relationship:


Use of appropriate relationships to carry out calculations involving escape velocity, mass and distance. 

Consideration of the energy required by a satellite to move from one orbit to another. 

General relativity 

Knowledge that special relativity deals with motion in inertial (nonaccelerating) frames of reference and that general relativity deals with motion in noninertial (accelerating) frames of reference. 
Look at Basics of Relativity (Turning Points 5) and Special Relativity (Turning Points 6)


Statement of the equivalence principle (that it is not possible to distinguish between the effects on an observer of a uniform gravitational field and of a constant acceleration) and awareness of its consequences. 

Spacetime diagrams:
Consideration of spacetime as a representation of four dimensional
space. Knowledge that light or a freely moving object 

Knowledge that GR leads to the interpretation that mass curves spacetime, and that gravity arises from the curvature of spacetime. 

Representation of World lines for objects which are stationary, moving with constant velocity and accelerating. 

Black holes 

Use of an appropriate relationship to solve problems relating to the Schwarzschild radius of a black hole. 

Knowledge that time appears to be frozen at the event horizon of a black hole. 

Stellar physics 

Properties of stars 


Use of an appropriate relationship to solve problems involving the observed frequency, source frequency, source speed and wave speed. 

Use of appropriate relationships to solve problems relating to luminosity, apparent brightness, power per unit area, stellar radius and stellar surface temperature. (Using the assumption that stars behave as black bodies.) 

Knowledge of the stages in the protonproton chain in stellar fusion reactions which convert hydrogen to helium. 

Stellar evolution 

Classification of stars and position in HertzsprungRussell (HR) diagram. 
Astrophysics 6  
Prediction of colour of stars from their position in the HertzsprungRussell (HR) diagram. 
Astrophysics 5  
Quanta and Waves 

Introduction to Quantum Theory 

Understanding of the challenges to classical theory. Black body radiation. Photoelectric effect, Ultraviolet Catastrophe. Use of an appropriate relationship to solve problems involving photon energy and frequency. 
See also Particles 2 and Quantum 1 

Knowledge of the Bohr model of the atom. Use of an appropriate relationship to solve problems involving the angular momentum of an electron and its principal quantum number. 
See also
Quantum 3 and
Quantum 4


Wave particle duality: Description of experimental evidence for wave/particle duality, including Compton Scattering 

De Broglie waves: Use of an appropriate relationship to solve problems involving the de Broglie wavelength of a particle and its momentum. 

Uncertainty
principle: 

Understanding of implications of quantum mechanics and the uncertainty principle. 
Qualitative approach only  
Particles from Space 

Cosmic rays. 
See Magnetic Fields Tutorial 3 to revise the way particles interact with magnetic fields. 
Physics 6 Tutorial 4 
Knowledge of the origin and composition of cosmic rays, the interaction of cosmic rays with Earth’s atmosphere and the helical motion of charged particles in the Earth’s magnetic field. 
Physics 6 Tutorial 4  
Use of appropriate
relationships to solve problems involving the force 
Magnetic Fields 3  
Solar wind. 
Physics 6 Tutorial 5  
Knowledge of the
interaction of the solar wind with Earth’s magnetic 
Physics 6 Tutorial 5  
Simple Harmonic Motion 

Definition of SHM in terms of the restoring force and acceleration proportional and in the opposite direction to the displacement from the rest position. 
x is used in these notes
See Further Mechanics 5 for spring oscillator and pendulum oscillator 

Use of appropriate
relationships to solve problems involving the 

Derivation of the relationships:


Knowledge of the effects of damping in SHM (to include underdamping, critical damping’ and overdamping) 
Further Mechanics 3  
Energy in oscillating systems:


Waves 

Use of an appropriate relationship to solve problems involving the energy transferred by a wave and its amplitude. 
Waves 5 for the Physics of Music 

Knowledge of the mathematical representation of travelling waves. 

Use of appropriate relationships to solve problems involving wave motion, phase difference and phase angle. 

Knowledge of the superposition of waves and stationary waves. 

Interference and diffraction 

Knowledge of the conditions for constructive and destructive interference in terms of coherence and phase. 
In the Waves 7 notes, this equation is written as:
In Physics 6 Tutorial 7, the SQA codes are used. 

Explanation of interference by division of amplitude, including optical path length, geometrical path length, phase difference, optical path difference, thin film interference and wedge fringes. 

Use of appropriate relationships to solve problems involving interference of waves by division of amplitude. 

Derivation of the relationship:


Explanation of interference by division of wavefront, including Young’s slits interference. 
Physics 6 Tutorial 7  
Use of appropriate relationships to solve problems involving interference of waves by division of wavefront. 

Polarisation 

Explanation of the
polarisation of transverse waves, including 


Use an appropriate relationship to solve problems involving Brewster’s angle and refractive index. 

Derivation of the relationship:


Electric Fields 

Definition of electric field strength 
Millikan's Experiment 

Sketch of electric field patterns around single charges, a system of charges and a uniform electric field. 

Definition of electrical potential. 

Knowledge that the energy required to move charge between two points in an electric field is independent of the path taken. 

Use of appropriate relationships to solve problems involving electric force, electric potential and electric field strength around a point charge and a system of charges. 

Use of appropriate relationships to solve problems involving charge, energy, potential difference and electric field strength in situations involving a uniform electric field. 

Use of appropriate relationships to solve problems involving the motion of charged particles in uniform electric fields. 

Knowledge of the electronvolt as a unit of energy. 

Conversion between electronvolt and joules. 

Magnetism 

Knowledge that, for example, iron, nickel, cobalt and some rare earths exhibit a magnetic effect called ferromagnetism, in which magnetic dipoles can be made to align’, resulting in the material becoming magnetised. 
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Sketch of magnetic field patterns between magnetic poles, and around solenoids, including the magnetic field pattern around the Earth. 

Magnetic induction 

Comparison of gravitational, electrostatic, magnetic and nuclear forces. 

Use of an appropriate relationship to solve problems involving magnetic induction around a current carrying wire, the current in the wire and the distance from the wire. 

Electric motor 

Explanation of the helical movement of a charged particle in a magnetic field. 

Use of appropriate relationships to solve problems involving the forces acting on a current carrying wire and a charged particle in a magnetic field. 

Reactive Circuits 

Knowledge of the variation of current and potential difference with time in a CR circuit during charging and discharging. 
"tau" is used for time constant


Definition of the time constant for a CR circuit. 

Numerical and graphical determination of the time constant for a CR circuit. 

Definition of capacitive reactance. 

Use of appropriate relationships to solve problems involving capacitive reactance, voltage, current, frequency and capacitance. 

Electromagnetic Induction 


Inductors in d.c. circuits 

Self inductance (inductance) of a coil 

Lenz’s law 

Definition of inductance and of back e.m.f. 

Energy stored by an inductor. 

Inductors in a.c. circuits 

Inductive reactance. 

Use of an appropriate relationship to solve problems involving back e.m.f., inductance (self inductance) and rate of change of current. 

Use of appropriate relationships to solve problems relating to inductive reactance, voltage, current, frequency, energy and inductance (self inductance). 

Electromagnetic Radiation 

Knowledge of unification of electricity and magnetism. 


Understanding that electromagnetic radiation exhibits wave properties and is made up of electric and magnetic field components. 

Use an appropriate relationship to solve problems involving the speed of light, the permittivity of free space, and permeability of free space. 

Units, prefixes and uncertainties 

Units, prefixes and scientific notation 

Appropriate use of units and prefixes. 
You should read all the induction notes as you will be expected to use the skills as a matter of course. 
Induction 1 
Use of the appropriate number of significant figures in final answers. 
Induction 2  
Appropriate use of scientific notation. 
Induction 2  
Conversions from units like eV and lightyears 
Induction 1  
Uncertainties 

Combination of various types of uncertainties to obtain the total uncertainty in a measurement. 
Use Tutorials 5  7 to learn about graphical skills and presentation.
Tutorial 9 covers the use of ICT.

Induction 4 
Combination of uncertainties in measured values to obtain the total uncertainty in a calculated value. 
Induction 4  
Appropriate use of uncertainties in data analysis. 
Induction 4  
Data Analysis 

Graphical interpretation 


Use of error bars to represent absolute uncertainties on graphs. 

Estimation of uncertainty in the gradient and intercept of a linear graph. 

Understanding the meaning of the terms accuracy and precision with reference to the comparison of an obtained value with a true value. 

That is it. 
