Physics practicals apparatus set-up guides
We’ve worked with experienced teachers and technicians, as well as higher education institutions and learned societies to produce these apparatus set-up guides for each of the required practical activities.
Practicals are at the heart of our new AS and A-level Physics specifications – so it’s important to get them right first time in the lab.
You need to cover activities 1-6 for AS and 1-12 for A-level.
Investigation into the variation of the frequency of stationary waves on a string with length, tension and mass per unit length of the string.
Investigation of interference effects to include the Young’s slit experiment and interference by a diffraction grating.
Determination of g by a free-fall method.
Determination of the Young modulus by a simple method.
Determination of resistivity of a wire using a micrometer, ammeter and voltmeter.
Investigation of the emf and internal resistance of electric cells and batteries by measuring the variation of the terminal pd of the cell with current in it.
Investigation into simple harmonic motion using a mass-spring system and a simple pendulum.
Investigation of Boyle’s (constant temperature) law and Charles’s (constant pressure) law for a gas.
Investigation of the charge and discharge of capacitors. Analysis techniques should include log-linear plotting leading to a determination of the time constant RC.
Investigate how the force on a wire varies with flux density, current and length of wire using a top pan balance.
Investigate, using a search coil and oscilloscope, the effect on magnetic flux linkage of varying the angle between a search coil and magnetic field direction.
Investigation of the inverse-square law for gamma radiation.