The dictionary definition of physics is “the study of matter, energy, and the interaction between them”, but what that really means is that physics is about asking fundamental questions and trying to answer them by observing and experimenting.
Physicists ask really big questions like:
- How did the universe begin?
- How does the Sun keep on shining?
- What are the basic building blocks of matter?
If you think these questions are fascinating, then you’ll like physics.
At MGS, following the AQA course, students learn the principles that underlie the universe; from the subatomic scale to the universe as a whole. The course encourages both mathematical rigour and a logical, problem solving mind set. The department has a wealth of teaching experience and at A level is an extremely popular option for students.
|Mr RHR Williams MSc||Head of Department|
|Mr DG Martin||Assistant Head (Curriculum)|
|Mrs A Gazet BSc||Teacher of Physics and Science|
|Miss K Jefferson||Teacher of Physics, Biology and Science|
|Mrs L Kenyon||Physics Technician|
Schemes of Work
Students study all three sciences by 1 or 2 teachers. In the Physics section they will look at energy, forces, light, sound, the solar system and more.
Whilst all students are required to study science at GCSE, about half the students will choose to specialise. The course is broken down into 3 sections. All students study the first and second parts – the core and additional sections. Our ‘double’ students will end up with 2 GCSEs – in core and additional science. Our ‘triple’ scientists carry on their P3 studies and will end up with a separate Physics GCSE.
Students at AS study quantum effects, electricity, waves and mechanics. At A2 they go onto circular motion, fields, radioactivity and thermal physics. The option topic we currently follow is ‘Turning points in Physics’ which studies the key developments in science which has led us to our current world-view, specifically the properties of the electron, wave particle duality and Einstein’s relativity.