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O Levels Physics Exam Format

O Levels Physics Exam Format

O Levels Physics Examination Format (GCE 5059)

Note: The combined science (Phy/Chem), GCE 5105 (NA) and GCE 5076 (O levels) have a similar exam format but with reduced topics and content. Separate classes are opened for students who are taking the subject code 5105 and 5076. We also offer lower secondary science, and lesson timings are found at the end of the page.

PAPER 1 (MCQ)

  • Four options given
  • Mostly recollection of knowledge and direct answers
  • Simple handling of information and problem solving

Exam Tips

  • Familiarity with past year questions
  • Smart elimination when uncertain

PAPER 2

Section A

  • Compulsory structured questions
  • Moderate memorising of scientific laws, definitions, concepts and theories required
  • Ability to link concepts to questions
  • Numerous calculations required
  • Correct use of units
  • Accurate drawings or sketches of graphs required
  • Moderate ability to process information and give conclusions

Exam Tips

  • Understand terms used in papers
  • Scientific laws and definitions provided by Basecamp
  • Formulas and units provided by Basecamp
  • Practice commonly tested questions with data processing
  • Use good intervals and label axis for graphs

Section B

  • 3 long structured questions, first 2 compulsory and the final presented in an either/or form.
  • One of the compulsory question will be data-based question requiring candidates to interpret, evaluate or solve problems using a stem of information
  • Strong memorising and understanding of certain topics required

Exam Tips

  • Detailed guidance on how to interpret, evaluate or solve problems with given data
  • Identify the topic/concept of the question
  • Strategic memorising of certain popular topics for either/or question
  • Presentation skills to include key words to maximize scoring

PAPER 3

School-based Practical Assessment (SPA)

  • A total of 5 graded assessment carried out in school with 3 skill sets tested
  • Skill set 1 – Performing and Observing (2 times)
  • Skill set 2 – Analysing (2 times)
  • Skill set 3 – Planning (1 time)
  • Variation of lab experiments
  • Strong recollection of knowledge required

Exam Tips

  • Ability to link concepts to experiment
  • Memorise and explain common experimental and human errors
  • Read and follow instructions carefully, without assumptions
  • Understanding accuracy of apparatus and their uses

O Levels Physics Syllabus

O Levels Physics Syllabus

Basecamp N, O Levels Physics Syllabus (GCE 5059)

The combined science (Phy/Chem), GCE 5105 (NA) and GCE 5076 (O levels), are a combination of the two sciences with reduced topics and content. Separate classes are opened for students who are taking the subject code 5105 and 5076. We also offer lower secondary science, and lesson timings are found at the end of the page.

PHYSICAL QUANTITIES, UNITS AND MEASUREMENT

Key Understanding Points

  • Physical quantities
  • SI units
  • Prefixes
  • Scalars and vectors
  • Measurement of length and time

NEWTONIAN MECHANICS

Key Understanding Points

  • Kinematics
    • Speed, velocity and acceleration
    • Graphical analysis of motion
    • Free-fall
    • Effect of air resistance*/**
  • Dynamics
    • Balanced and unbalanced forces
    • Free-body diagram
    • Friction 
  • Mass, Weight and Density
    • Mass and weight
    • Gravitational field and field strength
    • Density 
  • Turning Effect of Forces
    • Moments
    • Centre of gravity
    • Stability 
  • Pressure
    • Pressure
    • Pressure differences*/**
    • Pressure measurement*/** 
  • Energy, Work and Power
    • Energy conversion and conservation
    • Work
    • Power

THERMAL PHYSICS

Key Understanding Points

  • Kinetic Model of Matter
    • States of matter
    • Brownian motion*
    • Kinetic model
  • Transfer of Thermal Energy
    • Conduction
    • Convection
    • Radiation
  • Temperature*/**
    • Principles of thermometry
  • Thermal Properties of Matter
    • Internal energy
    • Specific heat capacity*/**
    • Melting, boiling and evaporation
    • Specific latent heat*/**

WAVES

Key Understanding Points

  • General Wave Properties
    • Describing wave motion
    • Wave terms
    • Longitudinal and transverse waves
  • Light**
    • Reflection of light
    • Refraction of light
    • Thin lenses
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum
    • Properties of electromagnetic waves
    • Applications of electromagnetic waves
    • Effects of electromagnetic waves on cells and tissue*/**
  • Sound
    • Sound waves
    • Speed of sound
    • Echo
    • Ultrasound*/**

ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM

Key Understanding Point

  • Static Electricity**
    • Laws of electrostatics*
    • Principles of electrostatics
    • Electric field
    • Applications of electrostatics*
  • Current of Electricity
    • Conventional current and electron flow
    • Electromotive force
    • Potential difference
    • Resistance
  •  D.C. Circuits
    • Current and potential difference in circuits
    • Series and parallel circuits
    • Potential divider circuit*/**
    • Thermistor and light-dependent resistor*/**
  • Practical Electricity
    • Electric power and energy
    • Dangers of electricity
    • Safe use of electricity in the home
  •  Magnetism**
    • Laws of magnetism
    • Magnetic properties of matter
    • Magnetic field 
  • Electromagnetism**
    • Magnetic effect of a current
    • Applications of the magnetic effect of a current
    • Force on a current-carrying conductor
    • The d.c. motor*
  • Electromagnetic Induction**
    • Principles of electromagnetic induction*
    • The a.c. generator*
    • Use of cathode-ray oscilloscope*
    • The transformer*

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* These topics are excluded in combined science (Phy/Chem) GCE 5076 (O Levels)
** These topics are excluded in combined science (Phy/Chem) GCE 5105 (NA Levels)

Physics: Energy, Work and Power

Physics: Energy, Work and Power

This is a summary of the topic "Energy, work and power" in the GCE O levels subject: Physics. Students taking either the combined science (chemistry/physics) or pure Physics will find this useful. These slides are prepared according to the learning outcomes required by the examinations board.

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