Tag Archive for: core practical

Simple harmonic motion

Using the pendulum method to find a value for the acceleration due to gravity, and one approach to quantifying the uncertainty in the measurement.

Inverse Square Law

Approaches to the radioactive source practical, and a related activity which can help clarify some of the core ideas.

Force on a Current-Carrying Wire

An unusual approach to the classic ‘F=BIL’ practical, setting your students a puzzle.


Careful measurements and some lateral thinking in this comparison of double slit and diffraction grating approaches to determining the wavelength of laser light.

Discharging a Capacitor

Processing data and the confident handling of natural logarithms, in this guide to two approaches to the core practical for A-level physics.