**LC PHYSICS**

**The study of Physics for Leaving Cerificate is broken down into eight sections or topic areas:**

Subject Content

Subject Content

(a) Six compulsory sections

(b) Two option sections (Higher paper only, one to be done)

Compulsory sections

1.

**Optics / Waves:**the study of light and sound and real life applications of the theory.

2.

**Mechanics**: time, space, distance, speed and acceleration.

3.

**Heat:**changes of state, energy conversions and mathematical problems.

4.

**Electricity:**develops on from simple circuits to more detailed concepts.

5.

**Electricity and Magnetism:**gravity, relationship between electricity and magnetism, study of how a motor works, ac. and dc. circuits and phenomena with real world applications.

6.

**Atomic Physics:**cathode rays, x-rays, radioactive decay, fission and fusion, nuclear reactors and real world applications.

Option sections

1.

**Particle Physics:**recent type of physics, delving into the new discoveries leading to a better understanding of the formation of the universe and where we came from.

2.

**Applied Electricity:**detailed study of electricity and the working of a motor developing from electricity already studied.

At Higher Level, there is a deeper, more quantitative treatment of physics. The two option sections are omitted from the Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate course.

The course also consists of 24 core mandatory experiments complimenting each section in an aim to develop students’ technical skills and enhance understanding and reinforce key concepts.

**Exam Structure**

Leaving Certificate Physics is assessed by means of one terminal examination paper at each level. Students are required to keep a record of their practical work over the two years of the course.

The Leaving Cert Physics exam is three hours in duration:

**Section A:**

- Answer 3 out of 4 questions
- 120 marks: 40 marks per question
- Questions are based on experimental procedures and use of results

**Section B:**

- Answer 5 out of 8 questions
- 280 marks: 56 marks per question
- Questions are more broad and theory based

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