Physics 6th Year Weekly Grinds
What will be covered in these Leaving Cert Physics Grinds?
The topics on the Leaving Cert Physics course are as follows:
- Light and Sound
- Modern Physics
- Particle Physics (Options 1)
You do not have a high standard of Maths to succeed in Leaving Cert Physics. You need to be competent at manipulating formulae and using your calculator. As the course is quite long, students need to be very well prepared. Students need to know definitions, demonstration of experiments, proofs and real-life Physics applications. Kieran’s notes organise the physics course so all students need to do is carry out the work as set out in the notes.
Recently exam papers have tended to have questions with mixed topics meaning omitting parts of the course is risky. For example, last year’s paper included a question on nuclear physics where students had to carry out a heat calculation. With this in mind, it is essential that students try to cover most of the course. Leaving out major topics like Electricity is not an option.
Section A is an experimental section. Kieran provided students with a workbook allowing students to carry out a write-up of all the experiments.
All leaving cert questions relevant to a topic appear at the end of each set of notes. Full solutions to all questions in the notes are provided.
Kieran puts special emphasis on Modern Physics (electron and nucleus) and the Particle Physics option. There can be a great return in studying these topics as they often yield 50% of the Section B questions.
To download the full list of topics which will be covered in this Physics course click here.
Meet your Physics Teacher – Kieran Mills: Kieran Mills has 25 years’ experience teaching Physics. He has co-written several books including Leaving Certificate Physics Sample Papers. Kieran has been an expert contributor on Physics on RTÉ Radio.