Learning Outcome Answers

Linked to the Compendium Numbering Questions to test your understanding with full worked answers.

I’ll post the worked answers for the Learning outcome questions here. Please let me know if I’ve made a mistake and I’ll correct it….. and a warning- DON’T CHEAT and run to the answers as soon as you get stuck. It wont prepare you for your exam.

Uncertainties, Units Prefixes and Scientific Notation Answers

Updated 2nd June 2020

Our Dynamic Universe Answers

Particle and Waves Answers

Electricity Answers

April 2020

Learning Outcome Questions

Hi folks!

This is just the start of the Learning Outcome Questions for Higher currently I’m just trying to get questions collated.

I’m fairly happy with the Units, prefixes and Scientific Notation and Uncertainties and I’ve started a worked answer file on those (find in the LO Answers blog post)

Updated June 2nd

June 2020

Assignments from 2018

In the next few months I’ll be adding details of the new Higher Physics Assignment with starter sheets.

February 2020

Well that didn’t happen did it? I’m on to it now! Until I can get properly up to date how about trying the experimental sheets in the document below which I’ve taken from Outcome 3s of the old Higher Course, for those who remember.

TopicStarter SheetAdditional Help
'g' AH 'g' a 2018
'g' BH 'g' b 2018
SlopesH g from slope 2020
RefractionH Refraction A 2018
Critical AngleH Refraction B 2018
PlanckH h 2018
1/d2H 1over d^2 2018
Half value thicknessH Half Value Thickness 2020
A.C. D.C. aH ACDC a 2018
A.C. D.C. bH ACDC b 2018
Internal Resistance & EMF A
Internal Resistance & EMF B
Capacitors A
Capacitors B
Capacitors C
Capacitors D
Wheatstone BridgeH Wheatstone 2018Wheatstone
Op AmpsOp amps

This summary is based on the updated information from the SQA. The first two links are for the candidate guide which is produced by the SQA and contains the information that students can access. This can be taken into the reporting stage of your assignment. It is important to check off what you have done at the end of your assignment with the marking instructions. Prior to this it would be a good idea to have gone through the Practical Skills Booklet.

The link below takes you to the full information document which is produced by the SQA. It is a current document. This cannot be taken into the Reporting stage of your assignment, although the document above can.

SQA Higher Physics Assignment.pdf


This assignment is worth 20 marks, contributing 20% to the overall marks for the course assessment. t applies to the assignment for Higher Physics.

Title and structureAn informative title and a structure that can easily be followed.1
AimA description of the purpose of your investigation.1
Underlying physicsA description of the physics relevant to your aim, which shows your understanding.3
Data collection and handlingA brief description of an approach used to collect experimental data.1
Sufficient raw data from your experiment.1
Data from your experiment, including any mean and/or other derived values, presented in a table with headings and units.1
Numerical or graphical data relevant to your experiment obtained from an internet/literature source, or raw data relevant to your aim obtained from your second experiment.1
A citation for an internet/literature source and the reference listed later in the report.1
Graphical presentationThe axes have suitable scales.1
Suitable labels and units on the axes.1
All data points plotted accurately and, where appropriate, line or curve of best fit drawn.1
UncertaintiesScale reading uncertainties shown for all measurements and random uncertainty in measurements calculated.2
AnalysisAnalysis Discussion of experimental data.1
ConclusionA conclusion relating to your aim based on all the data in your report.1
EvaluationThree evaluative statements supported by justifications.3