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Physics: Subject Guide: Introduction

How Resources are organised in this Subject Guide

1.  Introduction

This guide has been created in order to assist students in their investigation and research in the field of PHYSICS.  It is not meant to be all inclusive, but rather a selection of topics, issues, researchers and thinkers, books, online resources and social media to pique interest in Physics and act as a road map as to where further resources can be found.

Including: Fields & Topics

This section provides a launchpad to further topics and fields within the discipline in other guides.  Students can explore topics further in their extended essays or propose topics and resources to expand these guides.

2. In the news

News coverage of the topic in the most relevant magazines, newspaper and video feeds are introduced.

3. Books and Physical Resources

Here links can be found to books held by the Qibao Dwight library as well as other documents from the course coordinator.   An overview of the call numbers using the Dewey Decimal Classification System is given to assist with finding materials on the libraries shelves.  A Goodreads group has been formed and populated with a Comprehensive Bibliography of works by prominent names in the field for collaborative learning. 

4. Online Resources

Will take you to databases of the school and other organizations where you can find journal articles and other online material such as statistics, data, search engines, working papers, and open access Journals. Useful search terms are also introduced. 

Including: Journals

The most important journals in the field are highlighted with a feed of their latest articles. Guidance is given on how to access journal articles using the school or external databases.

5. Institutions and People

In any academic discipline it is important to be familiar with the institutions and people who are prominent in the field. In this section a few of the most famous are introduced and links are provided for you to explore further.

6. Audio & visual Resources and Social Media 

Acquisition and dissemination of knowledge is a collaborative activity.  Various tools on the internet lend themselves to this, including blogging, podcasting, tweeting, and MOOCs (massive open online courses).  These allow information to not only to be found in books and journals, but in a variety of audio-visual materials which can suit all learning styles.  A good example of a podcast, video, open online course, blog, and twitter feed is provided as an entry point for further investigation.

Further Reading


Check back here for more topic guides as they become available!


Topic 1: Measurement and uncertainties (5 hours)
Topic 2: Mechanics (22 hours)
Topic 3: Thermal physics (11 hours)
Topic 4: Waves (15 hours)
Topic 5: Electricity and magnetism (15 hours)
Topic 6: Circular motion and gravitation (5 hours)
Topic 7: Atomic, nuclear and particle physics (14 hours)
Topic 8: Energy production (8 hours)

Additional higher level

Topic 9: Wave phenomena (17 hours)
Topic 10: Fields (11 hours)
Topic 11: Electromagnetic induction (16 hours)
Topic 12: Quantum and nuclear physics (16 hours)