Rotational Motion Background Documents

Welcome to the 2021-22 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.

Check out MrStewart’s YouTube channel for some great clear explanations from this course.

Higher Revision

1 Jumper and building Answers

1b Mechanics Learning Outcomes 1 Questions

1b Mechanics Learning Outcomes 1 Answers

2a Flea soln

2b Linear motion

differentiation and integration in Linear Motion

1c homework on differentiation

1c differentiation answers

Tutorial Questions

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

Rotational Motion

2 Circular Motion_2

3 uncertainties answers

Gravity Wells in infographics!

Gravitational Waves

December 2020

Virtual AH

Using John Sharkey’s Flash Learning Virtual CfE Advanced Higher Physics these videos cover all of the unit Rotational Motion and Astrophysics. Note there have been a few changes to the Course Specifications since these were produced.

Here are some of the recordings from Virtual Flash Learning for the Rotational Motion Section. Turn off the volume if you dont want to hear from me.

AH Kinematic Relationships using the Virtual Physics

Angular Momentum-

This one has audio but you can switch it off.

Angular Motion

Rotational Dynamics


Space and Time

Stellar Physics

Note in the Stellar Physics video the equation for Apparent Brightness has now been changed see below

Apparent Brightness where d is the distance from the star to Earth
The thermal energy radiated by a blackbody radiator per second per unit area. This only works for Black Bodies, for other bodies the emissivity must be included. You will only be asked about black bodies in your AH exam.

Luminoscity, where r is the radius of the star.
December 2020

Stellar Physics

Stellar Physics Notes

Here is a great little video- what do you expect from the IoP? Life Cycle of Stars

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.

Chapter 4: by Dr. Christopher Palma

If you need more info on Log graphs try this Khan Academy Video.

I love a good song!

Cavendish Boys Experiment to Determine G

G being Newton’s Universal Gravitational Constant, although a number was only put to this many years after Newton’s time.

Cavendish experiment, measurement of the force of gravitational attraction between pairs of lead spheres, which allows the calculation of the value of the gravitational constantG. In Newton’s law of universal gravitation, the attractive force between two objects (F) is equal to G times the product of their masses (m1m2) divided by the square of the distance between them (r2); that is, F = Gm1m2/r2. The experiment was performed in 1797–98 by the English scientist Henry Cavendish. He followed a method prescribed, and used an apparatus built, by his countryman the geologist and astronomer John Michell, who had died in 1793.

Flash Learning by John Sharkey
September 2021

Notes for this RM&A

You’re bound to find some notes here that you like. I’ll upload my material when I’ve put it into one booklet. Meanwhile, you can’t go wrong with these.

ah rotational motion summary notes and problems 2013 

I think these are great and will be the ones I’ll be using. They are Robert Gordon’s College.

ah astrophysics summary notes and problems 2013

I think these are great and will be the ones I’ll be using. They are Robert Gordon’s College.


Rotational Motion and Astrophysics Questions


word document

RotationalMotionandAstrophysics_tcm4-726390 pdf

ah rotational motion summary notes and problems 2013

Unit 1 – Part 1 – Rotational Motion Notes

Unit 1 – Part 2 – Astrophysics Notes

AH (Circular Motion) Sorry I am not sure where these notes have come from, but thanks.

Stellar Physics- try these inspiring videos

General Relativity

This post has been copied and protected (usual password) so that the Youtube videos have been embedded as MP4 files, so you can watch in school.

Spacetime lattice analogy

By Mysid (Own work. Self -made in Blender & Inkscape.) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons

There are some great videos that can explain General Relativity much better than I can. A few are given below:
Remember at Advanced Higher you are expected to have a BASIC knowledge, not a deep knowledge of General Relativity. The purpose is to introduce you to some of the more modern (110 years!) Physics.




How does he make it sound just so simple and intuitive?

What’s the difference between Special and General Relativity?- Sixty Symbols, University of Nottingham.


Here is a playlist for all 11 videos by Dr PhysicsA. These are lovely clearly explained videos, that are easy to understand and digest.