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Experimental physics and CAPs

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Physics is a very practical subject as well as a theoretical one. As part of your A level you will learn a whole range of practical skills by carrying out a large number of different practical tasks, as well as your 12 assessed CAPs (centre assessed practicals). You can find many of the practical worksheets on the downloads page, and you can find the worksheets that accompany the CAPs below. It is important to the course that you understand the limitations of any measurement that you make, and you will need to learn how to deal with and comment on, uncertainties and errors within your results. You will also learn how to use graphs and gradients to find the values that describe different relationships and use new pieces of measuring equipment.

As part of the A level course you will carry out 12 CAPs, 6 in Year 12 and 6 in Year 13. These will either be practicals where you will follow a method and collect data before analysing it, or there will be methods that you will have planned yourself. You will, collect data, make notes, write up, and analyse these practicals in a formal logbook that will be assessed at the end of the course, at which point you will (hopefully) gain a practical accreditation alongside your A level grade.

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