Physics

  • What are hadrons? How can we measure the strangeness of a particle?
  • How do we know that a satellite will stay in orbit?
  • How do we avert a nuclear disaster? 
In A Level Physics, we attempt to answer questions of this type. As part of this course at Imperial College London Mathematics School, you will examine the fundamental properties of matter, and gain an understanding of electromagnetic radiation and quantum physics. We then apply this work on particles to understand how nuclear power is produced.
 
Concepts of force, energy, work and momentum are used to help predict the motion of particles, and this is further developed to understand the motion of objects travelling on a circular pathway, or objects swinging on a pendulum. This material overlaps with the mechanics components of A Level Maths and Further Maths. 
 
You will develop your understanding of the properties and characteristics of waves, and properties of materials such as stress and strain. We will also study the thermal properties of materials and ideal gases.
 
The concept of a field is one of the most important ideas in physics that unites seemingly unconnected areas. We will look at gravitational, electrostatic, and magnetic fields and consider how they are applied to planetary orbits, electric charge and electromagnetic induction.
 
The nature of scientific study is that we learn through observation, measurement and experiment, to construct theoretical explanations and predict future behaviour. The strength of a scientific theory is in its predicative power. We emphasise the use of experiments and predictions in our teaching of physics, and consider the effects of measurement errors on our predictions.