Physics is the study of matter, energy, and the interaction between them. Studying physics means you are asking fundamental science questions and trying to answer them by observation and experimentation. Leaving Certificate Physics provides a deeper, more quantitative treatment of physics. Students are expected to develop an understanding of the fundamental physics laws and principles and their application to everyday life.
There are 10 major topics within the Leaving Cert Physics course to be completed over 2 years
Concept of temperature
Quantity of heat
Properties of waves
Effects of electric current
Structure of the atom
Structure of the nucleus
Ionising radiation and health hazards
Laws of refraction
Total internal reflection
Wave Nature of Light
Vibrations and Sound
Wave nature of sound
Characteristics of notes
Vibrations in strings and pipes
Sound intensity level
OPTION 1: PARTICLE PHYSICS
Conservation of energy and momentum in nuclear reactions
Acceleration of protons
Converting mass into other forms of energy
Converting other forms of energy into mass
Fundamental forces of nature
Families of particles
OPTION 2: APPLIED ELECTRICITY
Current in a solenoid
Current in a magnetic field
Applications of diode
The syllabus will be assessed under the headings knowledge, understanding, skills, and competence. All material within the syllabus is examinable. There is currently no practical assessment component.
The exam paper is split into 2 sections, Section A and Section B.
Section A examines the mandatory experiments and is worth a total of 30%.
Section B examines all definitions, demonstrations, derivations and calculations from the course and is worth 70%
Department Members: Mr G. Nash