AQA GCSE Physics Topic 6 – Waves

I have gone through the specification and these are the bits the examiners want you to know with links to my YouTube videos and other websites to help you understand any bits that are confusing. 

 

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Specification statement

 

These are the bits the exam board wants you to know, make sure you can do all of these…

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I can draw and label transverse and longitudinal waves

 

 

I can describe the direction of movement and the direction of energy transfer for both transverse and longitudinal waves

 

 

I can define the terms, amplitude, wavelength and frequency

 

 

I can recall the units needed

for T =   1                

              f

 

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I can rearrange T =   1           

                                 f

 

 

I can use T =   1              

                       F

 

 

I can describe how to measure the speed of waves

 

 

I can recall the units needed for v = fλ

 

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I can rearrange v = fλ

 

 

I can use v = fλ

 

 

I can construct ray diagrams to show what happens to a wave when it is reflected

Physics only

 

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I can describe what happens to a wave when it hits a boundary

Physics only

 

 

I can describe how a sound wave travels

Higher tier only

Physics only

 

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I can describe how an ear detects sound

Higher tier only

Physics only

 

 

I can recall the range of human hearing

Higher tier only

Physics only

 

 

I can explain how echo can be used to determine distances

Higher tier only

Physics only

 

 

I can explain how changes in a wave can be used for detection and exploration

Higher tier only

Physics only

 

 

I can describe what happens to an ultrasound wave when it hits a boundary and how this property can be used for imaging

Higher tier only

Physics only

 

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I can describe how information from P-waves and S-waves can be used to provide evidence for the structure of the Earth

Higher tier only

Physics only

 

 

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I can recall the order of the electromagnetic waves

 

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I can recall that electromagnetic waves are transverse and form a continue spectrum

 

 

I can recall uses and properties of each part of the spectrum

 

 

I can draw a ray diagram to show what happens when a wave is diffracted

Higher tier only

 

 

I can describe what happens to the path of a wave when is refracted

Higher tier only

 

 

I can explain why refraction happen

Higher tier only

https://youtu.be/CrC1IlSy-bQ

 

I can explain how an alternating current may produce radio waves

Higher tier only

 

 

I can describe that a wave may be absorb, transmitted, refracted or reflected when it hits a surface

Higher tier only

 

 

I can recall which surfaces absorb, emit and radiation

Higher tier only

https://youtu.be/kDLx36gDz80

 

I can describe the circumstances in which a converging lens should be used

Physics only

https://youtu.be/4H9PAx90qMQ

 

https://youtu.be/19SLrBwZYSA

 

https://youtu.be/aRDt8PUhv4c

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I can construct a ray diagram for a converging lens

Physics only

 

I can describe the image formed by a converging lens

Physics only

 

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I can describe the circumstances in which a diverging lens should be used

Physics only

 

I can construct a ray diagram for a diverging lens

Physics only

 

I can describe the image formed by a diverging lens

Physics only

 

I can rearrange

Magnification = image height

                         object height

Physics only

https://youtu.be/v-KrUP3bu24

 

I can use

Magnification = image height

                         object height

Physics only

 

I can recall the order of light in the visible spectrum

Physics only

 

 

I can recall the relative wavelengths and frequencies of the different parts of the visible light spectrum

Physics only

 

 

I can describe that objects absorb and transmit light of different wavelengths

Physics only

 

 

I can describe the difference between objects that are opaque, transparent and translucent

Physics only

 

 

I can describe what happen to light when it is passed through a filter

Physics only

 

 

I can recall that all objects emit infrared radiation

Physics only

 

 

I can explain what a perfect black body is

Physics only

 

 

I can explain that the intensity and wavelength distribution depends on the temperature of the object

Physics only

 

 

I can explain anybody is constantly absorbing and emitting radiation, and the balanced between the two determines the temperature

Physics only

 

 

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