The 'why' of physics

3rd January 1997 at 00:00

This book is mainly for first-year undergraduates, although well-read A-level physics students and teachers will find it useful. Chapters cover what experimental science is all about, writing about and designing experiments, measuring the variables, and analysing data.

Do not expect this to be the typical A-level recipe book of experiments, though, as it is more about the "why" than the "how", using experiments only as examples.

As A-level physics assessment is increasingly through coursework investigations designed by students, teachers are bombarded with questions about how many measurements, what range of values, should they be repeated, and so on.

Students who read the first three chapters of this book, ignoring the maths, should never need to ask these questions again. Similarly, teachers might find useful ideas.

A worthy addition to the A-level physics reference shelf.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now