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    (Original post by Lau14)
    It's got a decent amount of content, that's probably plenty of time though I'd think. We're probably having a similar length of time, but we haven't been told when we're due to finish
    Ah right! Wasn't sure if my college were being over/under ambitious ๐Ÿ˜‚


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    (Original post by CD223)
    Ah right! Wasn't sure if my college were being over/under ambitious ํ ฝํธ‚


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    Wouldn't really worry about it at this stage, with only astro left to finish we aren't really in danger of running out of time! Hopefully we actually get a mock EMPA and stuff this year though :/
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    (Original post by Lau14)
    Wouldn't really worry about it at this stage, with only astro left to finish we aren't really in danger of running out of time! Hopefully we actually get a mock EMPA and stuff this year though :/
    My mock EMPA went better than last year's did where I got a C lol. Sod's law says I get a C again in A2 having got an A in my mock...


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    What's EMPA?
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    Has everyone already started their Optional topic for Unit 5?

    I am going to start Turning Points after half term.

    Anyone else doing Turning Points?
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    What's EMPA?
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    Has everyone already started their Optional topic for Unit 5?

    I am going to start Turning Points after half term.

    Anyone else doing Turning Points?
    EMPA is the externally marked practical exam (at least, I think it stands for something like that?). You might be doing the ISA instead, but the EMPA consists of two practicals and a short written paper and it's fairly horrible because our college gave us virtually no preparation for it :/

    We've started astrophysics two weeks ago
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    (Original post by Disney0702)
    Has everyone already started their Optional topic for Unit 5?

    I am going to start Turning Points after half term.

    Anyone else doing Turning Points?
    Wanted to do it but I had to choose between astro and applied! Starting after half term.


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    Part C anyone? I got the 9 ohm resistor power correct, but not the other two?


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    (Original post by CD223)
    Wanted to do it but I had to choose between astro and applied! Starting after half term.


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    Ah I would much rather do Astrophysics, looks more interesting.

    I don't really like the look of Turning Points.

    Have you already started your ISA?
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    (Original post by Disney0702)
    Ah I would much rather do Astrophysics, looks more interesting.

    I don't really like the look of Turning Points.

    Have you already started your ISA?
    Ah I hope astrophysics is interesting...it sounds complex but I guess it can't be that much more convoluted than PHYA4 or PHYA5.
    How come?
    And I'm doing the EMPA. We do our experiment in March and then the written exam in May. You?


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    (Original post by CD223)
    Ah I hope astrophysics is interesting...it sounds complex but I guess it can't be that much more convoluted than PHYA4 or PHYA5.
    How come?
    And I'm doing the EMPA. We do our experiment in March and then the written exam in May. You?


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    I do not like it because it involves Young's double-slit experiment and wave-particle duality which were topics I hated learning last year in AS.

    I am doing the ISA, I'll be doing my practical after the half term and I believe we are going to do the written test straight after the practical, but I'm not too sure to be honest.
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    (Original post by Disney0702)
    I do not like it because it involves Young's double-slit experiment and wave-particle duality which were topics I hated learning last year in AS.

    I am doing the ISA, I'll be doing my practical after the half term and I believe we are going to do the written test straight after the practical, but I'm not too sure to be honest.
    Oh right! Doesn't that just help with revision??
    Oh nice! Well good luck!


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    Just throwing this out there because me and a friend were discussing our revision and it might help some people - to see how PHYA4 is actually going as opposed to how much timing is affecting us, we're going to do past papers under timed conditions, but when the time runs out instead of stopping pick up a different coloured pen and go back through to answer anything you could have done with more time. This way we can identify what's a problem topic and what just needed more timing, and as there's only 8 papers on the AQA website we get to do them all timed to improve the timing without missing out on actually getting to do all the questions properly
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    (Original post by Lau14)
    Just throwing this out there because me and a friend were discussing our revision and it might help some people - to see how PHYA4 is actually going as opposed to how much timing is affecting us, we're going to do past papers under timed conditions, but when the time runs out instead of stopping pick up a different coloured pen and go back through to answer anything you could have done with more time. This way we can identify what's a problem topic and what just needed more timing, and as there's only 8 papers on the AQA website we get to do them all timed to improve the timing without missing out on actually getting to do all the questions properly
    Oh that's a good idea! I tend to require like 20 mins extra to fully do a paper at the moment. :/


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    (Original post by CD223)
    Oh right! Doesn't that just help with revision??
    Oh nice! Well good luck!


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    Well I'm going to resit the Unit 1 exam and there's photoelectric effect in Turning Points so yh I guess it will help with revision.

    Thanks mate
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    (Original post by Disney0702)
    Well I'm going to resit the Unit 1 exam and there's photoelectric effect in Turning Points so yh I guess it will help with revision.

    Thanks mate
    That sounds cool - I liked the photoelectric effect! No worries


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    (Original post by CD223)
    Oh that's a good idea! I tend to require like 20 mins extra to fully do a paper at the moment. :/


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    Yeah I'm probably somewhere around the same :/ hopefully practice speeds it up!
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    Part C anyone? I got the 9 ohm resistor power correct, but not the other two?

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    I've tried to make this as clear as possible; I remember having trouble with this last year. How I hated electricity...
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    (Original post by Lau14)
    Yeah I'm probably somewhere around the same :/ hopefully practice speeds it up!
    I'm hoping so! Need to get an A :/


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    (Original post by CD223)
    I'm hoping so! Need to get an A :/


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    I need an A, ideally I'd like to get an A* though :/
 
 
 
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