AQA Unit One Physics

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Natalia  Cliff
Created by Natalia Cliff about 2 years ago
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How can you insulate your house? -For the roof use loft insulation -For the Windows use double glazing and curtains -For the walls use cavity wall insulation -For the floor use a carpet
Why is it useful that water has a high specific heat capacity? -Makes it a good coolant as it takes a lot of energy to heat it up -The reverse (water can give away a lot of energy to cool down) is useful in heaters (not exactly a spec point)
What do objects do with Infrared radiation? All objects emit and absorb infrared radiation
What is the relationship between the heat of an object and the infrared radiation it radiates? The hotter an object is the more infrared radiation it radiates in a given time
What surfaces are good and bad emitters of infrared? -Dark, matt surfaces are good absorbers and emitters of infrared radiation -Light, shiny surfaces are poor absorbers and poor emitters of infrared radiation, they are good reflectors
Draw the diagrams for solids, liquids and gases according to the kinetic theory Kinetic Theory (image/png)
What is the energy difference in solids, liquids and gases? particles in gases have the most energy (that's why they can move far apart from each other), those in solids have the least energy and particles in liquids are somewhere in the middle
How is heat energy transferred by particles? -Conduction -Convection -Evaporation -Condensation
Explain convection in air in terms of particles -Particles in the air gain energy and move faster -This makes them move apart -Makes the air less dense -So the hot (air) rises -Cooler air sinks to replace the hot air -Continuous cycle
Explain conduction in a non-metal in terms of particles -Particles near the energy source gain energy -start vibrating -Bump into particles next to them and transfer some of this energy -Eventually energy transferred through the entire non-metal
Explain the process of evaporation in terms of particles -Some particles have more energy than others -If a particle has enough energy, is near enough to the surface and is travelling in the right direction it can break free of the liquid and become a gas -This lowers the average energy of the rest of the liquid
Factors that affect the rate of evaporation and condensation -Humidity of the air -Wind (carries away humidity) -Surface area to Volume ratio -Temperature of the air
What affects the rate at which an object transfers energy (by heating) -Surface area and volume -The material of an object -The nature of the surface with which the object is in contact
What increases the rate of (heat) energy transfer The bigger the temperature difference between an object and it's surroundings the faster the rate of (heat) energy transfer
What does a U-value measure? U-values measure how effective a material is as an insulator. The lower the U-value, the better the material is as an insulator
How do solar panels work? Solar panels contain water that is heated by radiation from the sun.
What is the hot water used for? -Heat buildings -Provide domestic hot water
What is the specific heat capacity of a substance? The amount of energy required to change the temperature of one kilogram of the substance by one degree celsius
Specific heat capacity equation E = m x c x o e - energy transferred in joules, J m - mass in kilograms, kg c - specific heat capacity in J/kgC 0 - temperature change in degrees Celsius, C
Describe a Sankey Diagram (e.g. for a normal light bulb) Sankey Diagram (image/gif)
What can you do with energy? energy can be transferred usefully, stored or dissipated, but not created or destroyed
What happens to transferred energy? Some of the energy usefully transferred, the rest is wasted
What happens to wasted energy? Wasted energy is eventually transferred to the surroundings, which gradually becomes warmer. The wasted energy dissipates (becomes more spread out) and so becomes less useful
What does the amount of energy transferred by a device depend on? -How long the appliance is switched on for - it's power
Energy transfer equation E = P x T E - energy in J or kWh P - power in W or kW T - time in s or h
What units is the cost for mains electricity given in? p per kWh
What kind of power stations have the shortest start up time Fossil fuelled power stations, particularly gas
What is useful about pumped storage pumped storage allows us to store energy for later use, allowing us to meet peak demand
Advantages of overhead power lines -Easy to repair if damaged -Less chance of electrocuting people as they are very high up -Cheaper to maintain and set up -Less energy lost as no good conductors around
Disadvantages of overhead power lines -Visual pollution -Birds and Low-flying aircrafts can fly into them -More susceptible to damage (e.g. vandalism)
How do most power stations work? -Energy source is used to heat water -Steam is produced -Steam turns a turbine -Turbine is coupled to electric generator that produces electricity
What are the different kinds of energy sources used in this method of producing electricity? -Fossil fuels (coal, gas and oil) are burned to heat water -Uranium and plutonium use nuclear fission to heat water -Biofuels can also be burned to heat water
How can water and wind be used to generate electricity -Water includes waves, tides and falling water in a hydroelectric plant -These directly turn the turbine
What other source can electricity be produced from? -Electricity can be produced directly from the suns radiation using solar cells -Geothermal energy: -In volcanic areas hot water and steam rise to the surface -Steam can be trapped and used to drive turbines
Why and when can small-scale production of electricity be useful? -Hydroelectricity can be useful in remote areas -Solar cells can be useful for road signs -However, it's often uneconomic to connect this to the national grid
Advantages and disadvantages of solar cells -Renewable -Low maintenance cost -Dependant on weather -Expensive
What are the affects of using different energy resources on the environment? -Release of substances into the atmosphere -Production of waste material -Noise and visual pollution -Destruction of wildlife habitats
What is carbon capture? -A rapidly evolving new technology -Separates carbon dioxide from other waste gases -Then stores the carbon dioxide, usually in old oil and gas fields like those under the north sea
What does the national grid do? -Distributes electricity from power stations to the consumers
What happens to electricity in cables? How do we deal with this? -Some of the electricity is lost -The higher the current the more energy is lost -So cables transfer energy at high voltages and low currents -That's why the national grid has step up and step down transformers
National grid diagram National Grid (image/gif)
What do waves do? (at the most basic level) Waves transfer energy
What types of waves are there? -Transverse -Longitudinal
What are longitudinal waves? -A wave that oscillates parallel to the direction of energy transfer -Sound and some mechanical waves are longitudinal -They have areas of compression and rarefaction
What are transverse waves? -A wave that oscillates perpendicular to the direction of energy transfer -Electromagnetic waves and some mechanical waves are transverse
What is the electromagnetic spectrum? What is the order of the waves? -Electromagnetic waves form a continuous spectrum -Wavelengths vary from 10^-15 m to 10^4 m - Radiowaves -Microwaves -Infrared Radiation -Visible light -Ultra violet -X-ray -Gamma ray
What can you do to waves? -Reflect them -Refract them -Diffract them
Diffraction Significant diffraction only occurs when the gap and the wavelength are of the same order of magnitude
Refraction -Waves change direction when they are refracted at an interface -They are not refracted if they are travelling along the normal
Frequency The number waves per second
Wavelength Distance from peak to peak or trough to trough
Amplitude The maximum extent of vibrations of a wave
Wave diagram Wave (image/png)
What waves are used in communication? What are they used for? -Radiowaves (television, radio) -Microwaves (mobile phones, satellite television) -Infrared (remote controls) -Visible light (photography)
Diffraction in radio waves -Long radio waves are not diffracted as much as short radio waves -Because of diffraction radio signals can sometimes be received in the shadow of hills
Reflection -The normal is a construction line perpendicular to the reflecting surface at the point of incidence -Angle of incidence is equal to the angle of reflection -Image produced in a plane mirror is virtual
Reflection diagram Reflection (image/png)
Sound waves -Longitudinal waves that cause vibrations in a medium which is detected as sound -Pitch of sound is determined by frequency -Loudness is determined by amplitude
Doppler effect If a wave source is moving relative to an observer there will be changes in the observed wavelength and therefore frequency
Red shift There is an observed increase in the wavelengths from distant galaxies. The further away they are, the faster they are moving and the larger the observed increase of wavelength
How does red shift provide evidence for the big bang -Big Bang is the theory that everything in the universe began from a very small initial point -Red shift shows that the universe is expanding -Big Bang theory is the only theory that explains the expanding universe
CMBR -Cosmic Microwave background Radiation -Electromagnetic radiation that fills the universe -Comes from radiation present shortly after the beginning of the universe -Big Bang theory is the only theory at the moment that can explain CMBR
Useful links for P1 -Primrose Kittens has done all of P1 in 39 minutes -AQA spesification