A level Physics in short, is intellectually rewarding. You will be introduced to the wonders of the scientific world and will definitely not be disappointed. As appealing as it sounds, it is also true that without studying properly, it will prove to be extremely difficult to secure a decent grade. Personally, I believe that Unit 3 is the easiest and requires the least amount of effort. The other units require work but with enough practice and appropriate familiarization of the types of questions, anyone should be fine.
IAL Physics comprises of 6 units. Unit 1 mainly deals with mechanics, materials and fluid mechanics. Unit 2 focuses on DC Electricity, Nature of Waves and Light. Unit 4 starts off with circular motion, takes a turn towards electric and magnetic fields and ends with a bit of heaven: particle physics! Unit 5 deals with thermal decay, nuclear decay, oscillations and astronomy.
Needless to say, studying each topic thoroughly will yield desired results. There are many resources that you can choose to study physics from. I’d say that the student book for both AS and A2 physics is somewhat basic. Hodder can be a better alternative. The SHAP book and Collin’s Advanced Physics book are great for references. But one resource that I’d recommend highly is the set of factsheets available in the resource section of this website.
Practising past papers, keeping in mind the most frequent questions (questions are very repetitive in some units and you will notice a pattern, especially in Unit 4) and in short, making yourself comfortable with the concepts that IAL tends to test you is key.
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