Units, Prefixes, Scientific Notation and Uncertainties

Below is attached various useful documents to assist you in this vital part of the course. It is when you begin to use this material when going through your own experiments that it will become clear. Take time to read and understand it.

AH uncertainties summary notes 2013 These are a great set of notes produced by SSERC.

UPSN Uncerts These are the content statements covering this topic from the May 2016 Course Support Notes.

ppp graph uncertsAH physics graphical uncertainties

AH Uncert N Fancey G Millar AH Uncerts

Uncertainties notes Mrs Physics’ AH Uncertainty Notes based on the pdf file by N Fancey and G Millar.

AH uncertainties experiments 2013  Experiment sheets produced by SSERC.

AH uncertainties tutorial 2013  Questions from Robert Gordon College.

AH uncertainties tutorial solutions 2013 The solutions from Robert Gordon College. Q1 updated. I’ll need to check through the rest.

Measurung gd practiceMeasure gd practice

Use this document very sparingly, it is not compatible with some of the AH mark scheme, especially in that it recommends you always round UP in an uncertainty. This is NOT what you should do at AH.- You’ve been warned! Contact me if you have concerns.

OHIO_uncertainty_notes Ohio

SigFigsUS SigfigUS

reading a micrometer   micrometer

Reading the Vernier Scale on the Travelling Microscope


Use of Linest


Hope these help you through your course. I suggest you read them through several times and quite carefully.


Background documents- a handy place to find them

CfE AH traffic light sheets Traffic Light document in excel to monitor your progress.

AH Physics Data Sheet The data sheet that you’ll find in the exam papers. Make sure you keep a copy for SQA practice questions.

CfE AH relationship sheet The relationship sheet, containing formulae for AH, H, a few maths equations and a periodic table.

Course Support Notes May 2016 Published by the SQA the latest Course Support Notes. Check the landscape pages for the content and context of the AH Physics Course.

Physics Course Adv Higher

Physics Resource Guide AdvH

Physics AH Open Ended Questions

need a piece of graph paper? Print some off here! multiwidth graph grey

AH Physics Project Advice for Teachers Here is another place to find Tom B’s document on completing projects. Dated January 2017.


Here is a useful document, but beware, the symbols included are non standard for AH Physics! You’ve been warned.