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I'm an A-Level physics teacher. In my opinion independent learning is the key to success so I focus a lot of effort into making resources to help students learn physics independently. A lot of what I make is available for free on YouTube. My website has links to everything. I'm starting to offer my free downloads on https://wonkylogic.co/a-level-physics-hq which does not require a log in to download.

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I'm an A-Level physics teacher. In my opinion independent learning is the key to success so I focus a lot of effort into making resources to help students learn physics independently. A lot of what I make is available for free on YouTube. My website has links to everything. I'm starting to offer my free downloads on https://wonkylogic.co/a-level-physics-hq which does not require a log in to download.
Physics Graph Skills
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Physics Graph Skills

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A range of worksheets to help physics students develop essential graph skills including plotting graphs, drawing lines of best fit, calculating gradients and intercepts, analysing graphs by comparing equations to y=mx+c, analysing log graphs, drawing curves of best fit, taking tangents, and calculating intercepts for graphs with false origins. This bundle constitutes 10% off buying all paid worksheets individually.
UMS Grade Boundary Spreadsheet
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UMS Grade Boundary Spreadsheet

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**This is a free Numbers¹ spreadsheet to help teachers having to set multiple assessments for their students some of which are used to calculate a centre assessed grade. ** You can download this for free and without an account here The spreadsheet accomplishes the following tasks: Ensures consistency among multiple assessments each with unique numbers of raw marks and requiring their own unique grade boundaries. Very easy grade boundary adjustment by use of stepper cells. Selects the top three UMS scores from the assessments and calculates an average UMS score. Gives immediate feedback on the UMS and grade distributions to aid teachers adjusting grade boundaries for a specific distribution outcome (usually close to a normal distribution). Gives automatic statistical feedback using a t test and chi squared test to enable teachers to quickly compare their cohort’s performance to exam results of a previous cohort (to facilitate consistency if required). Adding benchmark data is optional. There are some brief instructions written into the Overview sheet and Paper 1 sheet to enable you to get started quickly. This version supports up to 50 students, six assessments (papers), it selects the top three results. If you’re comfortable making changes to formulae you are welcome to do so. If you do make changes you are free to give away your changed version but not for sale. If I can I will produce a tutorial video. If you’d like to request a feature change or spot any errors contact me via my website wonkylogic.co. Also available for free here ¹ Numbers is spreadsheet software made by Apple. It runs on Macs, iPads, iPhones and most web browsers (if you have a free Apple ID). It may be possible to export this to an Excel workbook but I couldn’t guarantee a fully functioning output. If I have time I will export it and ensure it all works - but no guarantees on that I’m afraid. Updated 28 April - additional guidance notes on use of t-test and Chi Squared test
Planck's Constant Experiment Worksheet
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Planck's Constant Experiment Worksheet

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A worksheet to enable students to analyse experimental data from the experiment to estimate Planck’s constant with LEDs. I’ve made a video of the experiment here youtu.be/JZ7XW-BfPa4 (live on 22 June 2020). The data collected in the video can be used to complete a table and graph and answer a series of questions to analyse the graph in order to estsimate h. There are links from the PDF directly to the relevant part of the data collection in the video for anyone using the worksheet electronically. There are solutions at the end. Perfect for A-level physics students on any specification. This worksheet is ideal for home learning since it has an accompanying video explanation of the experiment, the analysis of results and solutions to all questions are included in the document.
How to present results in science (tables & graphs)
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How to present results in science (tables & graphs)

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A Keynote presentation with worksheet to help teach your students how to present science experiment results in tables and graphs. The presentation includes a table and graph with errors that the students try to identify - they can annotate the accompanying worksheet. Each error is identified with animated annotations in the presentation. A good table / graph is then shown to illustrate the good features. The worksheet includes the good table and graph for optional sharing with students after the activity. A free version of this activity is available without the worksheet and without the annotated erroneous table/graph. Keynote is presentation software for macOS, iPadOS and iOS
Precision of science measuring instruments
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Precision of science measuring instruments

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A simple but beautifully well illustrated set of Keynote slides to help teachers introduce students to common scientific measuring instruments and their precision. The first two slides link precision to the scale division of the instrument and the use of different prefixes for the same measurement and uncertainty. Includes high quality diagrams to help link the measurement concept to use of the real instrument. A slide at the end shows how to indicate precision in tabulated results. Instruments covered in this presentation deck: Ruler Vernier caliper (standard precision ± 0.1 mm) Micrometer Voltmeter (digital and analogue versions [10 V shunt ± 0.2 V] Handheld stopwatch Thermometer Weighing scale This presentation is available to you for free, but it is copyrighted - no alterations are to be made and it is not to be distributed further. This is made with Keynote which is Apple’s presentation software. It can be exported to PowerPoint but I don’t guarantee the output will look and operate in the same way. Keynote is an app available on macOS, iOS and iPadOS for free with most new or new-ish Apple devices. You have my permission to try exporting into PowerPoint for your personal use in teaching your classes.
A Level Physics Quiz Generator Spreadsheet by Topic (Excel & Numbers)
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A Level Physics Quiz Generator Spreadsheet by Topic (Excel & Numbers)

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I use this generator extensively for continual revision throughout the school year. Each lesson we have a 5-10 minute quiz on past topics to keep them fresh in students’ minds. This is one of Rosenshine’s key principles. Generate a recap / review quiz on a subject in physics with ease. Comes with a database of questions categorised into topic areas (physics subjects), you just select the topic area you want a quiz for and you’ll immediately get a mini quiz of five questions. When the class has finished attempting the questions click once to reveal the solutions. Want to cycle the questions for a new quiz? Check a checkbox and boom you’ve got a new quiz on the same topic area (use the Refresh drop down menu on Excel). This is an entirely offline solution meaning you can use this even when your school’s internet connection drops out. The supplied questions are categorised as literacy or numeracy (where applicable). And those linked skills are displayed to the class to reinforce that the mini quiz includes those skills. The master sheet has a single database of questions to make question maintenance a breeze - one place to input / edit questions. All lookup formulae are dynamic so that you don’t have to worry about which order the questions are in - so feel free to change the order of questions or add/remove questions as you see fit. In the Numbers (Apple) version the master database also harnesses Numbers’ built in categorisation on the subject so you can expand and collapse collections of questions easily - once again maintaining the database is made super easy. The quiz generator is designed to randomly select five questions from the database. But note that for subjects with a small number of questions in the database duplicate questions may occasionally be shown. If you can try to keep numbers of questions above 15 to reduce the likelihood of this. Comes with over 600 questions ready to get you going with a bang! Here’s the subject break down of the questions: UNITS 12 EQUILIBRIUM 21 MOTION 26 FORCE AND MOTION 21 WORK AND ENERGY 14 MATERIALS 25 ELECTRICITY 49 WAVES 18 REFRACTION & TIR 21 WAVE INTERFERENCE 34 QUANTUM 50 GASES AND KINETIC THEORY 35 THERMAL PHYSICS 13 CIRCULAR MOTION 27 SHM 28 GRAVITATIONAL FIELDS 33 ASTROPHYSICS 47 ELECTRIC FIELDS 15 CAPACITANCE 26 MAGNETIC FIELDS 50 PARTICLES 18 RADIOACTIVE DECAY 39 NUCLEAR ENERGY 24 MEDICAL PHYSICS 19 **Now includes an Excel spreadsheet **. For Windows users. Windows users suffer enough with poor OS & software options so I created an Excel version to take the edge off it ; ) Includes a Numbers spreadsheet. Numbers is spreadsheet software made by Apple, it opens with the Numbers app available for free with most recent iPhone / iPad / Mac devices also available with a free Apple ID for use in most web browsers.
Young's Modulus experiment evaluation worksheet
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Young's Modulus experiment evaluation worksheet

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Evaluate a set of experimental data obtained during an experiment to determine the Young’s Modulus of a copper wire. Tasks include: calculating the absolute and percentage experimental uncertainty in quantities, application of uncertainty rules, drawing error bars, drawing lines of worst acceptable fit, determining uncertainty in a gradient value, and converting a percentage uncertainty into an absolute uncertainty. Full solutions are included. This is an excellent follow up exercise to the Young’s Modulus Experiment Worksheet. The raw measurements are related but slightly different to make for a better experience in this evaluation worksheet. Perfect for A-level physics students on any specification. This worksheet is ideal for home learning since it has an accompanying video explanation of the experiment, the analysis of results and solutions to all questions are included in the document.
Specific Heat Capactiy experiment evaluation worksheet
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Specific Heat Capactiy experiment evaluation worksheet

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Evaluate a set of experimental data obtained during an experiment to determine the specific heat capacities of a copper and aluminium block (video of experiment). Tasks include: calculating the absolute and percentage experimental uncertainty in quantities, application of uncertainty rules, converting a percentage uncertainty into an absolute uncertainty comparing a percentage difference and experimental uncertainty. Full solutions are included. This is an excellent follow up exercise to the Specific Heat Capacity Experiment Worksheet. Perfect for A-level physics students on any specification. ** This worksheet is ideal for home learning since it has an accompanying video explanation of the experiment, the analysis of results and solutions to all questions are included in the document.**
Estimate Planck's Constant - Analysis Spreadsheet
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Estimate Planck's Constant - Analysis Spreadsheet

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Copy of the spreadsheet I used to analyse the experiment to estimate Planck’s constant in this video. The spreadsheet automatically calculates photon energy from inputted potential difference readings. The data plots are added to a carefully formatted graph. A line of best fit is automatically plotted. The gradient and y-intercept of the line are automatically calculated from the data plots and the estimate for the Planck constant is calculated from the gradient. This spreadsheet is perfect for rapidly analysing experimental data. This is a Numbers spreadsheet. It is possible to convert Numbers spreadsheets to Excel files but I cannot guarantee an easy to use output since the tables may be converted to separate worksheets in the Excel file. Suitable for most A-Level Physics specifications.
Using Vernier Calipers and Micrometers
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Using Vernier Calipers and Micrometers

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A Keynote presentation to aid teaching students how to use Vernier Calipers and Micrometers with accompanying printable worksheet. Learning how to use vernier calipers and micrometers is an important part of physics A-Level, and engineering courses. The presentation includes a labelled diagram of a vernier caliper, followed by high quality diagrams of vernier calipers showing different measurements. The diagrams match those on the worksheet so that students can work through each measurement individually on the worksheet in the first instance. The process is repeated with a labelled diagram of a micrometer and diagrams of a micrometer showing different measurements. The worksheet has all diagrams of vernier calipers and micrometers on a single side of A4 paper. Keynote is presentation software that works on macOS, iOS and iPadOS devices. The worksheet is a PDF. There is a free version of this activity available as a presentation only (no worksheet) and fewer measurements (two of each). The measurements shown in the free version are different to this activity so if you want to increase the number of measurements you work through with your students you can copy them across.
Absolute and Percentage Uncertainties and Rules for Calculations Slideshow (lite)
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Absolute and Percentage Uncertainties and Rules for Calculations Slideshow (lite)

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A Keynote¹ presentation for introducing students to handling the most common experimental uncertainties in science measurements (addition/subtraction, multiplication/division and indices). Topics covered are: types of error (systematic and random), absolute and percentage uncertainty, and rules for determining uncertainty in calculated values. There is a sample of three exam questions - one for each rule. The full version of the slideshow has in addition to the above: All five uncertainty calculation rules – multiplication by coefficients and calculation with complex functions (trig and logs). An explanation of uncertainty in handheld stopwatches. More examples - notably an example question with full worked solution for each calculation rule. More exam questions - a total of three questions per rule. ¹ Keynote works on iPhones, iPads, Macs and in many web browsers. Check your device against Apple’s latest guidance.
A-Level Physics Graph Skills 3: Log graphs
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A-Level Physics Graph Skills 3: Log graphs

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Activity for practicing plotting graph data points on log graphs, drawing a line of best fit, calculating a gradient and analysing the line in order to calculate quantities. There are two log graphs to plot and analyse. The first data set is from the oscillations of a mass-spring system and requires a log base 10 graph. The second data set is from capacitors in series and requires a natural log graph. Suitable for AQA and OCR Physics A AS-Level and A-Level specifications. (7407, 7408, H156, H556) This is part of a series of worksheets for practicing different graph skills. If you prefer, you can purchase this in a bundle of Graph Skills worksheets 1-6 here (at a discount): https://gum.co/KBWAH This worksheet is great for home learning since it has solutions to all questions included in the document and it is part of a series that gradually builds up a range of graphing techniques.
Steam table lookup spreadsheet
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Steam table lookup spreadsheet

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This spreadsheet looks up steam properties for a specified temperature or pressure. It is based on data from the NIST steam tables. The spreadsheet automatically handles interpolation on the temperature and pressure sorted tables. It also handles double interpolation on the superheated steam tables. In order to use the lookup tables the database first needs to be populated with freely available NIST data - I do not sell that data or claim any copyright on it. The data can be downloaded for free in a spreadsheet with the correct layout here¹. Download the data and populate the database tables in this spreadsheet before use. ¹ Filename: Steam table lookup - file 2 - database (free) This is a Numbers (Apple spreadsheet) spreadsheet. It is possible to convert Numbers spreadsheets to Excel files but I cannot guarantee an easy to use output since the tables may be converted to separate worksheets in the Excel file. You can use Numbers spreadsheets on iPhones, iPads, Mac computers and in a web browser.
Physics Graphs Revision Activity (Differentiated)
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Physics Graphs Revision Activity (Differentiated)

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Help your students practice recall of graph shapes and features across most physics subject areas (A-level and equivalent). This activity is differentiated. Included is a PDF that has two versions of blank graph grids for students to draw onto. The first version has no help beyond quantities labelled on the axes. The +1 version has some additional guidance included on the axes / grid (such as intercepts or markers). For more guidance there is a page of all graph shapes that students can select from. Also included in this resource is a Keynote¹ slideshow that has an introduction and solutions. The introduction and solutions are included in the PDF document; printing them is optional. The slideshow solutions show the same grids empty to begin with and the lines are animated. This gives the option of an interactive activity with your students in which you can select students to draw their solution, compare to the textbook answer and discuss any differences (interactive whiteboard or similar required). A non-differentiated version of this activity without slideshow is available for free. Graphs included in this activity: Radioactive Decay Capacitor Decay Binding Energy Binding Energy per Nucleon Gravitational Field Strength v. Distance Filament Bulb I-V Characteristic Gravitational field strength v. 1/distance² Stress-Strain Profile of Copper R-T Relationship for Metal Conductor Photoelectric Effect ¹ Keynote is presentation software that works on Macs, iOS and iPadOS devices. I can’t guarantee a good export to PowerPoint so I have not included that option.
Capacitor Discharge Through a Resistor Experiment Worksheet
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Capacitor Discharge Through a Resistor Experiment Worksheet

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A worksheet to enable students to analyse experimental data from the experiment to determine the capacitance of a capacitor by discharging it through a known resistance. I’ve made a video of the experiment here youtu.be/IQQ6XWTBYmY . The data collected in the video can be used to complete a table of potential difference values, calculate natural log of V, plot a graph and answer a series of analysis questions in order to determine the unknown capacitance. A second method of analysis is also covered which entails using the time constant of the circuit to determine a value of C. There are links from the PDF directly to the relevant part of the data collection in the video for anyone using the worksheet electronically. There are solutions at the end. Perfect for physics students on just about any specification. This worksheet is ideal for home learning since it has an accompanying video explanation of the experiment, the analysis of results and solutions to all questions are included in the document.
Capacitor Discharge Experiment Analysis Spreadsheet
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Capacitor Discharge Experiment Analysis Spreadsheet

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Copy of the spreadsheet I used to analyse the data obtained in the experiment to determine the capacitance of a capacitor in this video. The spreadsheet automatically calculates capacitance from inputted time and potential difference readings using a natural log analysis. The data plots are added to a carefully formatted graph. A line of best fit is automatically plotted. The gradient and y-intercept of the line are automatically calculated from the data plots and the value of the capacitance is calculated from the gradient. This spreadsheet is perfect for rapidly analysing experimental data. A second method of analysis is also possible using a second graph - a direct plot of p.d. versus time (exponential data). Instructions are included to guide the user in determining the value of the time constant and that is then used to calculate a value of C that can be compared with the first method. This is a Numbers spreadsheet. It is possible to convert Numbers spreadsheets to Excel files but I cannot guarantee an easy to use output since the tables may be converted to separate worksheets in the Excel file. Suitable for most physics specifications.
Graph Skills 7: Y-intercepts for False Origins
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Graph Skills 7: Y-intercepts for False Origins

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Activity for practicing calculation of y-intercepts for graphs with a false origin. This worksheet includes five graphs with lines of best fit already plotted. A student needs to draw the gradient triangle, determine the gradient and then use y = mx + c to determine the value of the intercept. Pages with solutions for all graphs are included in the document. The graphs cover a range of topic areas in physics (free-fall, Hooke’s Law, wave intensity, mass-spring oscillation and capacitor discharge). But since a student only needs to determine values for the gradient and intercept students do not need to be familiar with the topic in order to tackle the tasks. Suitable for AQA and OCR Physics A AS-Level and A-Level specifications. (7407, 7408, H156, H556) This worksheet is great for home learning since it has solutions to all questions included in the document and it is part of a series that gradually builds up a range of graphing techniques.
SI Units Poster (dark theme)
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SI Units Poster (dark theme)

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A poster showing the base units of the SI units system and derived units. The relationship between base and derived units is shown in a mind map layout. Paper size: A3 Suitable for AQA and OCR Physics A AS-Level and A-Level specifications. (7407, 7408, H156, H556)
Assessment Tracker Spreadsheet | Analyse Grades and Track Progress
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Assessment Tracker Spreadsheet | Analyse Grades and Track Progress

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A Numbers¹ spreadsheet that provides teachers with an attractive interface to record, analyse and track progress in students’ grades. Capable of tracking results for up to three classes in the same subject (and can be edited to extend for more classes). Per assessment scores can be recorded from two separate sections independently if desired. Grade boundaries are set per assessment in the designated table. Graphs show % scores in 5% range categories and the grade distribution. A bubble graph helps to visualise if top scorers / low scorers had notable strengths or weaknesses in section A or B of the exam. In the main table achieved grades are compared with target grades and class average deviation from targets are also computed. There is also a bubble chart that can cycle through the assessments which makes it easy for the teacher to click through the assessments and see if there are any notable trends - it is also simple to present the chart to a class to discuss exam performance (my students love this). The Tracking Sheet imports results from the individual test Sheets. On this Sheet you can optionally use weighted percentages for the assessments (e.g. give more challenging assessments higher weighting to account for the difference or give more recent assessments higher weightings to emphasise recent progress). Overall performance is illustrated on the Tracking Sheet with target grade comparisons and distribution graphs. ¹ Numbers is spreadsheet software made by Apple, it opens with the Numbers app available for free with most recent iPhone / iPad / Mac devices also available with a free Apple ID for use in most web browsers.
SI Units Poster (light theme)
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SI Units Poster (light theme)

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A poster showing the base units of the SI units system and derived units. The relationship between base and derived units is shown in a mind map layout. Paper size: A3 Suitable for AQA and OCR Physics A AS-Level and A-Level specifications. (7407, 7408, H156, H556)