Here is a great little video- what do you expect from the IoP?
Good Morning campers, on this dreich Scottish Morning, after a bus trip from home to school, where the driver was going for the Formula 1 Bus record, I was delighted to take my mind off the journey with an excellent programme of lessons on the Stellar Physics. Following this course allows you to go at your own pace and cover what you need.
If you need more info on Log graphs try this Khan Academy Video.
If you wish to do your past paper questions in topic order then Mr C Davie from Glenrothes High School has completed the task for you and you can access it clicking on the link below.
|AH QP & MI||Specimen||AH QP & MI|
|N AH 2019||2019||MI 2019||2019 Report|
|2018 Digital QP||NAH 2018||2018||MI 2018||Report 2018|
|2017 Digital QP||N AH 2017||2017||MI 2017||Report 2017|
|2016 Digital QP||N AH 2016||2016||MI 2016||Report 2016|
Below are the Revised Advanced Higher Past Papers, the content is very very similar to the new National (CfE) Advanced Higher, although the marks would be different. These were the last past papers with half marks!
|Revised AH Paper||YEAR||Marking|
|Rev 2015||2015||MI 2015||Report 2015|
|Rev 2014||2014||MI 2014||Report 2014|
|Rev 2013||2013||MI 2013||Report 2013|
These are the traditional Advanced Higher Past Papers Remember some of this material is no longer on the syllabus, and some is relevant to Higher.
|AH 2015||2015||MI 2015||Report 2015|
|AH 2014||2014||MI 2014||Report 2014|
|AH 2013||2013||MI 2013||Report 2013|
|AH 2012||2012||MI 2012||Report 2012|
|AH 2011||2011||MI 2011||Report 2011|
|AH 2010||2010||MI 2010||Report 2010|
|AH 2009||2009||MI 2009||Report 2009|
|AH 2008||2008||MI 2008||Report 2008|
|AH 2007||2007||MI 2007||Report 2007|
|AH 2006||2006||MI 2006||Report 2006|
|AH 2005||2005||MI 2005||Report 2005|
|AH 2004||2004||MI 2004||Report 2004|
|AH 2003||2003||MI 2003||Report 2003|
|AH 2002||2002||MI 2002||Report 2002|
|AH 2001||2001||MI 2001|
|MI 1999 CSYS|
|MI 1997 CSYS|
Conditions of use
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This site is non commercial, and purely for helping the teaching of physics in Scotland.
Thanks to Mr Stuart Farmer and Mr Andy McPhee for the course reports- their filing systems are so much better than mine, but then that’s why I am doing this! Thanks guys!
Welcome to the 2017-2018 AH Physics course. Another year, another journey together. I hope you feel that this site meets your requirements and that you can find the materials that you need.
RMA-726390 A set of Problem Solving Questions based on the original HSDU material by Andrew McGuigan, in pdf format
RMA 726390 A set of Problem Solving Questions based on the original HSDU material by Andrew McGuigan, in word format
Using Tracker to Discuss Damping
Great teamwork this week, with teachers, technicians and students all getting some great results using tracker.
We wanted to see if we could get some damping examples.
We took a pendulum that was just over a metre long and set it in motion over a blue tray. We filmed the pendulum and uploaded this into tracker. Part of a metre stick was used for calibration purposes.
Theo has analysed this to try to show that the amplitude remains constant, if there is no damping. The graph does seem to shift a little towards the positive direction and we are having some good ideas as to why, such as camera slide and swinging forward and back rather than side to side, but it was probably due to the blurred film.
We then poured water into the tray and repeated the experiment pulling the pendulum back to the same point. Angus produced the tracker trace below. This is pretty blurred and distorted due to the refraction by the water.
Daniel had a clearer film to analyse and got a great plot of displacement with time to show how the amplitude decays with time.
If you can afford the top of the range camera, unlike the teacher, you can get a lovely plot, even if the pendulum appears to be hanging upside down!
You can clearly see that the amplitude decreases. Calculating the period, peaks arrive at the following times
This gives a period of approx. 2.4-2.5 seconds.
There was some amazing material produced for the previous revision of AH (when it changed from SYS to AH). Some of this material is out of date, but most is not. It is a shame not to share it, especially as the previous host Education Scotland has removed the materials from their site. These materials should not be sold and should only be used for educational purposes.
further AH questions These ought to be named, good simple starter questions for each part of the course.
Guide to excel 5795 This is a little out of date but still contains some cracking materials.
Uncertainties Norman Fancey Gemmell Millar This is a great document and essential reading for all those who want an excellent introduction to Uncertainties at this level. Ignore the parallelogram plot though.
quantity symbol sheet Again the document is not totally up-to-date, but it contains some really important information.
Revised AH Materials
Revised AH is is very similar to the current CfE AH course, so materials should be compatible.
If you want to find notes for each section of your course click on the individual sections from the drop down menu. Happy hunting! It is all there!
Below is a list of the titles for potential projects that we can offer. If you think of something else do discuss it with your teacher. A good project is something where the data can be used to generate a graph, from which information can be obtained. This then gives plenty of opportunities for analysis, and collecting marks!
|Focal length||Good one|
|Young’s Modulus||Can be good but watch the numbers|
|Refractive Index||But you’d need to find a method to generate graphs|
|Sheep||Difficult, but interesting|
|Sound||Lots of potential but work needed|
|LCR Circuits||If you like circuits this can be a good one|
|Planck’s Constant||If that is what you like!|
|Wavelength of Sodium Light||If that is what you like!|
|SHM||If that is what you like!|
|Moment of Inertia||Of Bike Wheels, fly wheels, spinners???|
|Viscocity||If you can find a way to generate graphs|
|Surface Tension||If you can find a way to generate graphs|
Also LASERs, Strings,
Here is the mark scheme for the project. It is worth 30 marks, so please ensure that you check off each part. Further details can be found in the Investigation Booklet, attached.
SQA mark scheme Mark scheme 2017 a pdf version of the mark scheme with space for marking.
Mark scheme 2017 a word version of the mark scheme with space for marking.
Project Mark Scheme 2 page marking scheme with room for comments.
Mark-Scheme 2 page marking scheme with room for comments on page 1. The pdf file of the above document.
Project Mark Scheme pdf file single page marking scheme, no room for comments.
UPDATED VERSION 2: AH Physics Project Advice for Teachers
Here is the information from Tom B, former PA for AH Physics, it is more for teachers than students, but it can’t do harm to read it and you might get some great tips.
AH Physics Project Advice for Teachers pdf version
AH Physics Project Advice for Teachers word version February 2017
Here is an excellent information sheet to using MS Excel for your project write ups including how to create error bars. (Thanks Tom B)
Use of Excel in AH 2010 this is the word version, below is the same document as a pdf file.
I am not allowed to give you a template to use for your project write-up, however, I think that you ought to be aware of the usefulness of WORD and how it can do many of the things that you need for your project write-up. I see this as similar to the Excel help that is given below.
If you’re lucky enough to have excel 2013- here is a document from Mr Taylor from Strathhaven on plotting graphs in excel with error bars etc.
AH Science Project write up pdf file
I’ll keep adding more as it arrives!
Below are some accumulated resources. Thanks to all of those who produced them.
ah-quanta-summary notes problems-2015 Thanks to RGC for these notes
quanta-and-waves-student-booklet-i-ror Thanks to Mr Orr for these.
Quanta and Waves Student booklet I ROR pdf version of the above
ah waves summary notes and problems 2013 RGC notes thanks for these
PhysicsQuantaandWaves_tcm4-726389 Andrew McGuigan Numerical Questions
cosmic-rays A quick research task on cosmic rays.
cosmic-rays-answers The answers to the sheet above.
Scientist think that the Earth is due a “Magnetic Flip” Research this starting at the link below and then answer the AH Revised question on this from the 2015 Paper Q11
Here is a Radio 4 programme talking about the consequences of a polar flip. If you want to view further programmes click on the link below.
The number of sunspots is an indication of solar activity. Research this and then complete the AH Revised 2013 paper Q6.
Quantum Tunnelling – strange but true
What is the Uncertainty Principle? Minute Physics
Quantum Tunnelling is the process by which a particle gets across a barrier that it cannot classically pass.
It is related to wave-particle duality in that it is a result of the wave nature of a particle.
The probability of the particles getting through the barrier drops exponentially with the thickness of the barrier.
“>What is Quantum Tunnelling? Minute Physics
How to walk through walls- Quantum Tunnelling
Is Quantum Tunnelling faster than the speed of light?
- I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.
- Richard Feynman, in The Character of Physical Law (1965)
But here is a great video to help you understand what is happening
https://youtu.be/CBrsWPCp_rs?t=207 this link is set up so you miss the blurb at the beginning.
Here is a link to brief notes on the important discoveries leading to the Quantum Mechanics ideas we know today.
- We have always had a great deal of difficulty understanding the world view that quantum mechanics represents. At least I do, because I’m an old enough man that I haven’t got to the point that this stuff is obvious to me. Okay, I still get nervous with it…. You know how it always is, every new idea, it takes a generation or two until it becomes obvious that there’s no real problem. I cannot define the real problem, therefore I suspect there’s no real problem, but I’m not sure there’s no real problem.
- Richard Feynman, in Simulating Physics with Computers appearing in International Journal of Theoretical Physics (1982) p. 471.
- We choose to examine a phenomenon [Double-slit experiment] which is impossible, absolutely impossible, to explain in any classical way, and which has in it the heart of quantum mechanics. In reality, it contains the only mystery. We cannot make the mystery go away by “explaining” how it works. We will just tell you how it works. In telling you how it works we will have told you about the basic peculiarities of all quantum mechanics.
- Richard Feynman, The Feynman Lectures on Physics: Commemorative Issue, Vol. 3 Quantum Mechanics (1989) 1-1, “Quantum Behavior.”