Join Pat Doyle from Dublin's Institute of Education as he takes students through the Leaving Cert Physics Higher Level exam.
Watch the intro video above and scroll down to watch six the tutorial videos with some top tips.
Pat graduated with a Masters Degree in Physics in 1986 and has taught Physics in the Institute for over 30 years. He has been a regular contributor to Science Plus, and Pat has co-written Exploring Science, Exploring Science Workbook and Revise Wise Science for the Junior Certificate.
Pat has taught a Leaving Cert Physics class every year since the start of his teaching career. He teaches Physics in the Full Time Day school, the Part Time weekly classes and the Revision Classes at Christmas and Easter.
Watch the videos here and read about the exam structure at the end of the article!
1. Planetary Motion
This video examines the gravitational force between objects, in particular planets. The key mathematical formulae required are explained and sample questions on these formulae are included.
2. The Doppler Effect
This video explains the Doppler Effect in a way that is required for the Leaving Cert. The mathematical formula for the Doppler Effect is included along with some worked examples.
3. Diffraction of Light Waves
This video examines the idea of diffraction of waves, in particular the diffraction of light waves using a diffraction grating. Worked numerical examples are also included.
4. Variation of Current with Potential difference
This video concentrates on one of the mandatory experiments that is very popular with the examiner. The relationship between current and potential difference for a diode is examined along with the relationship between current flowing in a solution of copper sulphate and potential difference across the solution.
5. Specific Heat Capacity of a Solid or Liquid.
This video looks at a mandatory experiment to measure specific heat capacity. Both an electrical and a non-electrical approach to this experiment is included.
This video looks at the making of X-rays from the practical and theoretical point of view. Mathematical calculations linked to making X-rays are included.