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This page contains links to all of our physics resources, including our IB physics revision notes, videos, flashcard decks, and exam questions. Our resources cover both IB physics SL and IB physics HL. Our revision material is all divided by the international baccalaureate sub-topics, covering topics 1 to 12.

We recommend starting by watching our animated videos, before revising your biology knowledge with our IB physics topic notes and flashcard decks. After you know the syllabus well, try our IB physics questions, making sure to check the mark schemes!

Topic 1: Measurements & Data

This topic of IB physics discusses the origins of quantities and their units, and how to handle data appropriately. It builds the fundamental understanding required for later topics in the IB physics syllabus. Included are the physics IB sub-themes of: units, scientific notation, significant figures, random error, systematic error, uncertainties, vectors & scalar quantities, and vectors.

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1.1: Measurements in physics

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1.2: Uncertainties & errors

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1.3: Vectors & scalars

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Topic 2: Mechanics

This topic of IB physics focuses on the essential mechanical properties of objects. It links to content found in many further topics of the IB physics syllabus. Included are the physics IB sub-themes of: definitions, SUVAT, free fall, free-body diagrams, Newton's laws, forms of energy, efficiency, and collisions.

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2.1: Motion

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2.2: Forces

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2.3: Work, energy & power

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2.4: Momentum & impulse

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Topic 3: Thermal

This topic of IB physics discusses the essential thermal properties of objects. It does not link to further topics of the IB physics course. Included are the physics IB sub-themes of: molecular theory, internal energy, specific heat capacity (SHC), phase changes, pressure, ideal gases, moles, and Avagadro's constant.

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3.1: Modelling a gas

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3.2: Thermal concepts

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Topic 4: Waves

This topic of IB physics introduces waves, their basic characteristics, and interactions with matter. It is further elaborated upon in Topic 9 of the IB physics syllabus. Included are the physics IB sub-themes of: simple harmonic motion, travelling waves, transverse vs longitudinal waves, wavefronts, superposition, polarisation, reflection, refraction, interference, boundaries, and nodes & antinodes.

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4.1: Oscillations

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4.2: Travelling of waves

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4.3: Characteristics of waves

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4.4: Behaviours of waves

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4.5: Standing waves

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Topic 5: Electricity & Magnetism

This topic of IB physics introduces electric fields, forces, and circuits. It links to content found in Topics 10 and 11 of IB physics. Included are the physics IB sub-themes of: charge (Q), electrical fields, current (I), potential difference (V), resistance (Ω), cells, electromotive force, and magnetic fields.

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5.1: Electrical fields

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5.2: Heating effects of electric currents

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5.3: Electrical cells

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5.4: Magnetic effects of electric currents

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Topic 6: Circular motion

This topic of IB physics expands upon content found in Topic 2 of the IB physics syllabus. It describes the circular motion of objects and those subject to gravity. It is further linked to Topic 10 of the IB physics course. Included are the physics IB sub-themes of: period, frequency, displacement, velocity, centripetal force, Newton's law of gravitation, and gravitational field strength.

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6.1: Newton's law of gravitation

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6.2: Circular motion

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Topic 7: Nuclear

This topic of IB physics introduces the activity of atoms and their particles. It links to content found in Topic 12 of the IB physics syllabus. Included are the physics IB sub-themes of: energy levels, radioactive decay, half-life, isotopes, mass defect & nuclear binding energy, nuclear fission, nuclear fusion, nuclear particles, conservation laws, Feynman diagrams, Higgs boson, and confinement.

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7.1: Discrete energy & radioactivity

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7.2: Nuclear reactions

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7.3: Structure of matter

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Topic 8: Energy Production

This topic of IB physics discusses energy sources and the generation of power from them. It does not link to further topics of the IB physics course. Included are the physics IB sub-themes of: fuel sources, Sankey diagrams, renewable & non-renewable energy, thermal transfer, Albedo & emissivity, the solar constant, and the greenhouse gas effect.

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8.1: Energy sources

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8.2: Thermal energy transfer

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Topic 9: Wave Phenomena

This topic of IB physics expands upon content found in Topic 4 of the IB physics syllabus. It describes case-specific interactions of waves in greater detail. Included are the physics IB sub-themes of: simple harmonic motion, single-slit diffraction, Young's double-slit experiment, thin film interference, resolution, and the doppler effect.

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9.1: Interference

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9.2: Simple harmonic motion

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9.3: Single-slit diffraction

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9.4: Resolution

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9.5: The Doppler effect

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Topic 10: Fields

This topic of IB physics expands upon content found in Topics 5 and 6 of IB physics. It introduces more properties of fields and case-specific interactions with objects. Included are the physics IB sub-themes of: gravitational fields, electrostatic fields, field lines, equipotential surfaces, potential energy, potential gradient, escape speed, obits, and inverse-square law behaviour.

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10.1: Describing fields

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10.2: Fields at work

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Topic 11: Electromagnetic Induction

This topic of IB physics expands upon content found in Topic 5 of the IB physics syllabus. It introduces more case-specific interactions of electric and magnetic fields. Included are the physics IB sub-themes of: electromotive force, magnetic flux, Faraday's law of induction, Lenz's law, alternating current, transformers, diodes, capacitance, dielectric materials, and resistor-capacitor (RC) series circuits.

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11.1: Electromagnetic induction

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11.2: Power generation & transmission

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11.3: Capacitance

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Topic 12: Quantum

This topic of IB physics expands upon content found in Topic 7 of the IB physics course. It introduces more case-specific quantum and nuclear interactions. Included are the physics IB sub-themes of: photos, the photoelectric effect, matter waves, pair production, quantum tunnelling, Rutherford scattering, Neutrinos, and the decay constant.

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12.1: Interaction of matter with radiation

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12.2: Nuclear physics

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