School physics

This collection of resources look at many different investigations that can be undertaken with A-level students and covers many required practical pieces of work, alongside other activities which offer alternatives to commonly used work.  Lots build on the work students will have done lower down in school and cover lots of apparatus and technique skills too.

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Beta ray absorption

An investigation looking at how beta radiation is absorbed when it passes through different thicknesses of aluminum.  From this you can then calculate the absorption coefficient for aluminum.  When doing this investigation please ensure you have followed CLEAPSS guidance or the safety body for your country.  This...

Parallel plate capacitor

In this A-level investigation you will look at the factors that affect the properties of a parallel plate capacitor.  You can alter the area of overlap or the spacing’s between the plates to see how this impacts on the results.

This resource has been provided by Keith Gibbs.

Deflection tube

For this A-level investigation students use a deflection tube to measure the specific charge for the electron.  This worksheet provides step-by-step guidance and the calculations that are required to make this measurement.

This resource has been provided by Keith Gibbs.

Double beam tube

Like the Deflection tube investigation this allows A-level students to measure the specific charge for an electron. It provides a step-by-step guide, along with the calculations that are required to find this measurement.

This resource has been provided by Keith Gibbs.

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