Leaving Cert Physics: Predictions 2017

Experiments Levers Boyle’s law Conservation of momentum Levers Acceleration due to gravity

Frequency/length of a string Specific latent heat of vaporisation of water Refractive index Boyle’s law Focal length of a converging lens

Wavelength of monochromatic light Wavelength of monochromatic light Speed of sound in air (tuning fork) Focal length of a concave mirror Frequency/length of a string

Resistivity of nichrome Variation resistance with temp of a metallic conductor Joule’s law Variation of current with potential difference I/V for a semiconductor diode

Long Questions Definitions Definitions Definitions Definitions Definitions

SHM and gravity Gravity and electromagnetic Mechanics Gravity Mechanics

Heat and energy X-rays, photoelectric effect Light and waves Resonance Light and waves

Semiconductors Electric charge Nuclear physics Electricity Nuclear physics

Nuclear physics Mechanical waves Electric charge Radioactivity Electricity: resistance, Wheatstone bridge

Electromagnetic and electricity Particle physics and electricity Doppler effect and electricity Linear accelerators and galvanometers Particle physics and applied electricity

Light: geometrical and modern Electromagnetic and electricity Particle physics and applied electricity Seismometers (mechanics, electromagnetic, etc) Wind turbines (mechanics, sounds, etc)
Question 12 Mechanics and nuclear Mechanics SHM SHM Mechanics

Electric field Geometrical optics Geometrical optics Light and waves Geometrical optics

Doppler effect and circular motion Temperature and electivity Heat Electric charge Heat

Pair annihilation or motors Radioactivity Electomagnetic Heat: thermocouple Light and waves

As you can see from the table above, the experiments tend to repeat! The Doppler effect and nuclear physics get more than their fair share. Mechanics is everywhere and tends to always be the same - the same formulas over and over again. Electricity is a little more inventive because it covers more things in less detail. Radioactivity seems to be left out a lot. All in all, Physics appears quite balanced as a subject with few idiosyncrasies.

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