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*

Legend:
* 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)