Date: Thursday 19 November 2020

Code: 8198


This webinar will focus on the quantum physics topics in the first year programme of most A level Physics syllabuses which many students will be looking to be learning during the summer term 2020. The webinar will focus on the key challenges of the photoelectric effect and wave particle duality and address qualitative and problem-solving questions that are likely to be asked on these topics. The webinar is interactive, there will be tasks, activities, work set, opportunities for students to ask questions throughout. There will also be course notes for the students produced by current examiners in A level Physics.


  • Provide a deepening of knowledge and skills of first year topics as a bridge towards the second year of you’re a level Physics studies
  • Experience a unique opportunity to hear from an experienced examiner in A level Physics
  • Gain top level advice and guidance on how to access the higher grades in examinations
  • Enhance your understanding of key areas of Physics, all linked directly to the exam papers
  • Take away a full set of conference notes, with examination tips and example answers

PROGRAMME (4.00 – 5.00pm)

4.00 – 4.05  pm Welcome and Introduction

4.05pm:  Einstein and Planck’s idea

  • Simulation of the key experiment (Phet); how to visualise the quantum world
  • The wave model versus the quantum model; how to compare the two models
  • What exactly is a quantum?

4.15pm: The Photo Electric Effect                            

  • Focus on Einstein’s key equation;
  • Defining the key terms used in the equation
  • Using the Einstein equation to analyse exam questions

4.30pm: Wave Particle Duality                                                                 

  • What is the experimental evidence for electron waves (Phet)
  • What does the de Broglie equation actually mean?
  • Using de Broglie to solve problems

4.40 pm: Tricky Problems                                                                            

  • Student activity: answer selected exam questions
  • Analysis of the mark scheme
  • What are the examiners looking for?

4.50 pm  Describe/Explain Questions

  • Student activity: answer these questions
  • Analysis of the mark scheme

5.00 pm Finish


Tony Dunn is a current examiner for OCR A-level Physics and has taught for over 30 years in secondary schools and sixth form colleges, mainly in inner city areas, specialising in A-level Physics. Since the new A-level curriculum was introduced, he has had 100% pass rates with all his A-level Physics groups, whilst working at an inclusive college in a deprived borough. He was a Head of Science for 12 years and also spent several years training Physics teachers in SE Asia.

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