Our Physics and Chemistry course develops students’ curiosity as well as their scientific imagination and reasoning, experimentation, and perseverance, boosting their understanding of core physical and chemical concepts beyond school curricular to introduce new, more advanced concepts.Apply Now
Scientists love to ask questions: How does this work? Why is it here? What happens if I…? Our Physics and Chemistry course aims to harness students’ curiosity, as well as develop their scientific imagination and reasoning, experimentation, and perseverance. As their confidence grows, so too will their understanding of core physical and chemical concepts, building on and often going beyond what they will have studied at school. New, more advanced concepts will be introduced that students might not otherwise have encountered, spurring them on to pursue Physics and Chemistry at a higher level – fostering enthusiasm for the subjects is a key aim of this course.
In Physics, students look at the principles governing forces and how they interact with matter. This will encompass mechanics and the laws of motion, types of energy, and the key differences between waves and matter – using light and sound as examples. Practical elements include learning how to plot a graph correctly, using gradient and area.
In Chemistry, students look at atomic structure and the concept of moles. The course also covers solutions and molar calculations and explores the properties of acids and bases. Students will learn about the various types of chemical bond and look closely at chemical reactions and equations, as well as some simple kinetics and the collision theory of reactions.
In addition to greatly furthering students’ knowledge of the areas of Chemistry and Physics, and thus increasing their enthusiasm for the subjects and the depth to which they can explore them in the future, the course also aims to provide skills useful outside the laboratory. Class discussions, presentations, role plays and written work all contribute to establish an understanding of key principles, and encourage students to think broadly around the topic in order to apply transferable skills to the rest of their studies.
In Week 2, there will be ample opportunity for students to pursue their own topic of interest, and to request specific topics for their final class. Throughout, the two subjects will be closely aligned, with emphasis on how physics and chemistry interact and how topics studied in one subject can readily be applied to the other. The course establishes important exam and presentation techniques of the kind that will be expected in universities such as Oxford and Cambridge, thereby giving budding scientists a head start in their future studies. Successful scientists need curiosity, observation skills, imagination, reasoning, experimentation, enthusiasm and perseverance: this course aims to foster and encourage all of these vital traits and leave students feeling passionate about the sciences and eager to learn more.
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