Tuesday, January 13, 2015

O-Level Physics (5054) | Details of Topics

  • O-Level Physics (5054) | Details of Topics

In this post, details of what needs to be known for the Cambridge O-Level Physics (5054) syllabus are provided in form of tables in the file available below.

The file may be used as follows:
You can use the table throughout your course to check the topic areas you have covered. There is no need to start at the beginning. Use it when you finish a section of your course to make sure that you understand what you should be able to do.
When you think you have a good knowledge of a topic, you can tick the appropriate box in the checklist column.

Test yourself as follows:
  • cover up the details with a piece of paper
  • try to remember the details
  • when you have remembered the details correctly, put a tick in the appropriate box

You can also use it as a revision aid at the end of the course to find out any weaknesses or areas you need to do some work on or ask your teacher about.

If you use a pencil to tick the boxes, you can retest yourself whenever you want by simply rubbing out the ticks. If you are using the table to check which topics you have covered, you can put a tick in the topic column, next to the appropriate bullet point.

The column headed ‘Comments’ can be used:
  • to add further information about the details for each bullet point
  • to add learning aids, e.g. simple equations set out in a triangle to help in rearranging the equation
  • to show areas of difficulty/things you need to ask your teacher about

There are 6 major themes in the table:
  • General Physics
  • Mechanics and Properties of Matter
  • Energy and Thermal Physics
  • Waves
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Atomic Physics

Each theme contains a number of sections. The 27 sections cover the whole syllabus. Each section contains a number of topics and the table lists what you should be able to do in each topic.

You should note that questions on Section 25, Electronic Systems, only appear in Paper 2 and are always set as an alternative within a question.
Your teacher may have chosen not to cover this Section in your course. In that case you should not need to learn that topic. Do, however, make sure that you understand section 24, Introductory Electronics.

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