Complete Guide: H1 Leaving Cert Physics Notes

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  1. Introduction 11
    1. Preamble 11
    2. Principle of Conservation  of Energy 11
    3. Vectors and Scalars 11
    4. Units and Dimensional Analysis 13
  2. Mechanics 15
    1. Linear Accelerated Motion 15
    2. Forces and Newton’s Laws 20
    3. Density and Pressure 24
    4. Gravitation 26
    5. Moments and Equilibrium 27
    6. Work, Energy, and Power 29
    7. Uniform Circular Motion 31
    8. Simple Harmonic Motion 35
  3. Heat 39
    1. Heat, Temperature, and Thermometers 39
    2. Specific Heats and Heat Transfer 41
  4. Light 1:  Geometrical Optics 45
    1. Reflection 45
    2. Spherical Mirrors 47
      1. How Images Are Formed in Concave Mirrors 52
      2. How Images Are Formed in Convex Mirrors 54
    3. Refraction 55
      1. Total Internal Reflection 58
      2. Optical Fibres 59
    4. Lenses 61
      1. How Images Are Formed in Convex Lenses 66
      2. How Images Are Formed in Convex Lenses 69
    5. The Eye - Biology 71
  5. Light 2:  Waves, Sound and The Electromagnetic Spectrum 73
    1. Waves 73
    2. Sound 79
    3. The Wave Nature of Light 83
  6. Electricity and Magnetism 89
      1. Static Electricity 89
      2. Current Electricity 94
      3. Chemical Effect of an Electric Current 102
      4. Electricity in the Home 106
      5. Semiconductors 106
      6. Magnetism 109
      7. Electromagnetic Induction 113
  7. Modern Physics 117
      1. The Electron 117
      2. The Photoelectric Effect 119
      3. X-Rays 121
      4. Radiation 122
      5. Fission, Fusion, and Nuclear Energy 126
      6. Particle Physics 129
  8. Proportionality, Equality and Graphs 137
    1. Some Co-ordinate Geometry 137
    2. Direct Proportion 137
    3. Inverse Proportion 138
    4. Indirect Proportion 139
    5. Graphs 139
  9. Mandatory Experiments Notes 141
    1. To Measure Velocity and Acceleration 141
    2. To  Verify  that the Acceleration of a Body is Directly Proportional to the     Force Acting on it  142
    3. To Verify the Principle of Conservation  of Momentum 142
    4. To  Verify Boyle’s Law 142
    5. To Investigate the Laws of Equilibrium for a Set of Coplanar Forces  .    . . 143
    6. To Investigate the Relationship Between the Period and Length for a  Simple Pendulum and Hence Calculate g 143
    7. To Find the Specific Heat Capacity of Water or a Liquid 144
    8. To Measure the Specific Latent Heat of Fusion  of Ice 145
    9. To Measure the Specific Latent Heat of Vaporisation  of Water 145
    10. To Measure the Speed of Sound  in Air 146
    11. To Investigate the Variation of the Frequency of a Stretched String or Wire with Length and Tension 147
    12. To Measure the Focal Length of a  Concave Mirror 147
    13. To Measure the Focal length of a  Converging Lens 147
    14. To Measure the Refractive Index of a  Liquid (Water) 147
    15. To Verify Snell’s Law and Hence Find the Refractive Index of a Solid (Glass)148
    16. To measure the Wavelength of Monochromatic Light 148
    17. To Investigate How the Resistance of a Metallic Conductor Varies with Temperature 148
    18. To Investigate the Variation of the Resistance of a Thermistor with Temperature 149
    19. To Measure the Resistivity of the Material of a Wire 149
    20. To Verify Joule's Law 150
    21. To Plot the Characteristic Curve of a Diode 150
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