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Martina's Physics Corner

Mainly a collection of resources for IGCSE, GCSE, A-Level and IBDP Physics. But also some KS3 General Science materials.

Mainly a collection of resources for IGCSE, GCSE, A-Level and IBDP Physics. But also some KS3 General Science materials.
Refraction of Light - Practical Sheet
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Refraction of Light - Practical Sheet

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This resource consists of two pdf. files. One is a practical sheet for students’ use, the other one is a teacher’s sheet with answers to the questions in the practical sheet. This resource is aimed at GCSE and IGCSE students (AQA, Edexcel, OCR, or Cambridge exam boards). The resource can be slightly modified for use with KS3 students. The document outlines the investigation of the law of refraction for light moving from air into glass. This practical sheet contains the aim of the investigation, a list of the apparatus, a photo of the experimental setup, a step-by-step method, an example of a table of results, risks and safety precautions, as well as questions on variables, graph and data analysis.
Reflection of Light - Practical Sheet
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Reflection of Light - Practical Sheet

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This is a pdf. file outlining the investigation to verify the law of reflection of light by a plane mirror. This resource can be used with GCSE, IGCSE or KS3 students. The document contains the aim of the practical, the list of apparatus, a photo of the experimental setup, a step-by-step method, table of results, risks and safety precautions, as well as questions about variables and data analysis. A link to an external video is also included at the end (aimed at students who need a recap of the law of reflection).
Hooke's Law - Practical Sheet
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Hooke's Law - Practical Sheet

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This resource consists of a practical sheet for students’ use (both in pdf. and docx.), and of a teacher’s sheet with answers to the questions in the practical sheet (this is a pdf. file). This resource is aimed at GCSE and IGCSE students (AQA, Edexcel, OCR, or Cambridge exam boards). The resource can be slightly modified for use with KS3 students. The practical sheet contains the aim of the investigation, a list of the apparatus, a photo of the experimental setup, a step-by-step method, an example of a table of results, risks and safety precautions, as well as questions on variables, graph and data analysis. Two external videos are also linked at the end, in order to deepen students’ understanding of Hooke’s law. To see more of my work visit https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/martinadestefano
Measurements in Physics - Visual Summary
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Measurements in Physics - Visual Summary

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This resource is a pdf. visual summary of the measurements unit, a fundamental topic for all Physics courses. This resource can be used with IGCSE, GCSE or KS3 students. It can be given to students as an independent reading task (there are some external videos linked at the end too that students can watch). It can also be printed out and used as classroom display. The design is catchy and the colours are vibrant. Information is presented in a concise yet effective way. To see more of my resources, visit https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/martinadestefano
Insulation - The Vacuum Flask and Home Insulation
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Insulation - The Vacuum Flask and Home Insulation

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A pdf. file with notes and tasks on insulation. It includes the key features to prevent thermal energy transfer in a vacuum flask, as well as the most common insulating methods to prevent heat loss in buildings. Answers to the tasks are included. Designed for GCSE and IGCSE Physics (AQA, Edexcel, Cambridge syllabi). This resource can also be used with KS3 students.
Maths for Physics
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Maths for Physics

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This resource is a pptx. designed to develop the students’ mathematical skills that are usually needed in a Physics course. This resource is aimed mainly at students who start their GCSE or IGCSE course. Some slides, however, can also be used with younger KS3 students. The presentation contains notes and tasks on the following: use of a calculator (fractions, powers, reciprocals and switching from fractions to decimals) rounding numbers scientific notation significant figures rearranging equations direct and inverse proportionality calculating gradients A couple of external videos are linked too. There is enough content to cover a double period lesson (although this varies greatly based on the ability of the group and the duration of each lesson). I have included a pdf. copy of the file for those who prefer pdf.s Teacher’s notes (and answers to the most challenging tasks) are included in the notes section under each slide. To see more of my work visit https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/martinadestefano
Car on a ramp - Practical Sheet
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Car on a ramp - Practical Sheet

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This resource is a four-pages pdf. file outlining the investigation for determining the relationship between the height of a ramp and the velocity of a trolley at the bottom of the ramp. This document contains the aim of the investigation, the list of apparatus, an original labelled diagram of the experimental setup, a detailed step-by-step method, a complete table of results, tasks on error propagation and calculation, as well as a graph and a data analysis sections (both with questions for students to answer). This resource was designed for IB students, but can also be used with A Level students. A docx. file was also included should you wish to adapt this resource to IGCSE or GCSE students (the error analysis part is not required at this level and can be therefore eliminated, but other than that, this practical is definitely appropriate to this younger age group too). DISCLAIMER: This work has been developed independently from and is not endorsed by the International Baccalaureate Organization. International Baccalaureate, Baccalauréat International, Bachillerato Internacional and IB are registered trademarks owned by the International Baccalaureate Organization. To see more of my resources, visit https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/martinadestefano
IGCSE Physics Equations
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IGCSE Physics Equations

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The complete set of IGCSE Physics equations. For each equation, both the topic (e.g. motion) and the list of physical quantities with units of measure are included. This resource is designed for the Cambridge IGCSE Physics 0625 Syllabus (extended version). The file is a pdf.
Convection - Practical Sheet
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Convection - Practical Sheet

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This resource (both in pdf. and docx. versions) outlines the investigation of convection currents formed when potassium permanganate crystals are dropped in water that is then heated up. The document contains the aim of the practical, the full list of apparatus, a picture of the experimental setup, a step-by-step method, risks and safety precautions, and a link to an external video to deepen students’ understanding. This resource can be used with GCSE, IGCSE or KS3 students. To see more of my resources visit https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/martinadestefano
Simple Harmonic Motion - Detailed Explanation
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Simple Harmonic Motion - Detailed Explanation

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This resource is an extremely detailed explanation of simple harmonic motion (14 pages). This very important type of motion in Physics is studied in two separate topics in the IBDP Physics syllabus - the Standard Level Topic 4 (i.e. waves) and the Higher Level Topic 9 (i.e. wave phenomena). My very unique explanation of SHM covers the content of both topics. It provides a self contained, in depth, comprehensive discussion of the main physical quantities involved in SHM, a full derivation of all graphs and equations, as well as a table on the last page with a summary of all equations. The document also includes the two most common examples of simple harmonic oscillators: the mass-spring system and the pendulum. This resource is mainly aimed at Higher Level IBDP Physics students. However, I have included a docx. file which can be modified and adapted for use with A Level students or Standard Level IBDP students. It can be given as an individual/group/homework/flipped learning reading task (fostering independent active learning), or simply given as notes for the students to have something to keep referring to. This resources can also be used by teachers to refresh their knowledge of this key topic of the Physics syllabus. What makes this resource special compared to textbooks or free online explanations is its very well organised structure, the clarity of its language and, most importantly, the rigorous but scaffolded logical and mathematical derivations of the graphs and the equations of SHM. DISCLAIMER: This work has been developed independently from and is not endorsed by the International Baccalaureate Organization. International Baccalaureate, Baccalauréat International, Bachillerato Internacional and IB are registered trademarks owned by the International Baccalaureate Organization. To see more of my resources, visit https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/martinadestefano
Investigating the Behaviour of Light - Reflection and Refraction
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Investigating the Behaviour of Light - Reflection and Refraction

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These practical sheets outline the experimental methods to investigate the reflection of light by a plane mirror and the refraction of light moving from air into glass. These resources are all pdf. files. They are designed for GCSE and IGCSE students (AQA, Edexcel, OCR, and Cambridge exam boards), but they can be easily modified for use with KS3 students. The reflection practical sheet contains the aim of the practical, the list of apparatus, a photo of the experimental setup, a step-by-step method, table of results, risks and safety precautions, as well as questions about variables and data analysis. A link to an external video is also included at the end (aimed at students who need a recap of the law of reflection). The refraction practical sheet contains the aim of the investigation, a list of the apparatus, a photo of the experimental setup, a step-by-step method, an example of a table of results, risks and safety precautions, as well as questions on variables, graph and data analysis. Accompanying this practical sheet, there is a teacher’s sheet with all answers to the questions in the practical sheet.
Measuring g with the pendulum - Practical Sheet
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Measuring g with the pendulum - Practical Sheet

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This resource is a four-pages pdf. file outlining the investigation for determining the gravitational field strength g on Earth by measuring the period of a pendulum for different values of the length of the pendulum. This document contains the aim of the investigation, the list of apparatus, an original labelled diagram of the experimental setup, an extremely detailed step-by-step method, a complete table of results, tasks on error propagation and calculation, as well as a graph and a data analysis sections (both with many questions for students to answer). This resource was designed for IB students, but can also be used with A Level students. DISCLAIMER: This work has been developed independently from and is not endorsed by the International Baccalaureate Organization. International Baccalaureate, Baccalauréat International, Bachillerato Internacional and IB are registered trademarks owned by the International Baccalaureate Organization. To see more of my resources, visit https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/martinadestefano