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1. (Original post by CD223)
Yeah. Do you tend to spend ~45 mins on it?

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Recently I've been spending more around the 25-35 on it, but I don't tend to worry too much if I get stuck on things - my exam technique tends to be very time effective. How long do you usually spend?
2. (Original post by Lau14)
Recently I've been spending more around the 25-35 on it, but I don't tend to worry too much if I get stuck on things - my exam technique tends to be very time effective. How long do you usually spend?
I usually spend around 40-45 minutes on it. Wasn't sure if that was too much/little. Was gonna try and split it up based on its weighting (ie: spend longer on section B) but Idk

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3. (Original post by CD223)
Just that I wasn't sure if deviations in gravitational field strengths would really come into circular motion, unless considering a satellite in orbit.

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They usually mix things together and would want us to work them out.
Did you know that the inverse square proportionality of gravitational force can be worked out with centripetal force and Kepler's third law?

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4. (Original post by Mehrdad jafari)
They usually mix things together and would want us to work them out.
Did you know that the inverse square proportionality of gravitational force can be worked out with centripetal force and Kepler's third law?

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Yeah by equating with proving that , right?

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5. (Original post by CD223)
Yeah by equating with proving that , right?

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No i meant how do we actually know that the gravitational force is inversely proportional to distance square. It caught my attention when i read it on a textbook.
How do you make pictures like how you've done so i can do the same?

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6. (Original post by Mehrdad jafari)
No i meant how do we actually know that the gravitational force is inversely proportional to distance square. It caught my attention when i read it on a textbook.
How do you make pictures like how you've done so i can do the same?

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Henry Cavendish used a torsion balance to measure the mass of the earth, which is an experiment which used this principle. If you google it you'll probably find an explanation as to why g varies with the inverse of .

It's called LaTeX. It's a kind of code used for writing and formatting maths equations online. If you search for it online you'll see how to use it. I think there's a student room page too.

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7. (Original post by CD223)
I usually spend around 40-45 minutes on it. Wasn't sure if that was too much/little. Was gonna try and split it up based on its weighting (ie: spend longer on section B) but Idk

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45 minutes is the recommended time so I'd think you'll be alright unless you're really short for time on the written half?
8. (Original post by CD223)
Henry Cavendish used a torsion balance to measure the mass of the earth, which is an experiment which used this principle. If you google it you'll probably find an explanation as to why g varies with the inverse of .

It's called LaTeX. It's a kind of code used for writing and formatting maths equations online. If you search for it online you'll see how to use it. I think there's a student room page too.

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Let me know what you think:
and , but so , hence

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9. You don't need to know any of that lmao. You just need to know Newton's formula which says F is inversely proportional to r^2.
10. (Original post by ubisoft)
You don't need to know any of that lmao. You just need to know Newton's formula which says F is inversely proportional to r^2.
That's true, it's not required in the specification. But if you know why F is inversely proportional to distance square, and that Newton didn't just assume that F is inversely proportional to distance square because the equation would look better with that, then you will never forget that F is inversely proportional to distance square.

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11. (Original post by ubisoft)
You don't need to know any of that lmao. You just need to know Newton's formula which says F is inversely proportional to r^2.
Let me know what you think:
and , but so , hence

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You don't need to know quite that much detail but there was a question in the June 2014 paper that required you to work out the time period of a satellite. I found that was made easier with knowledge of the equation:

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12. (Original post by CD223)
You don't need to know quite that much detail but there was a question in the June 2014 paper that required you to work out the time period of a satellite. I found that was made easier with knowledge of the equation:

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Yeah, you're right, but this is just to give an insight into how scientific research is carried out. Did you know that many students lose interest in science just because they are not told these kind of things? If I'm studying Newton's law of gravity and I'm not told how the equation was worked out, then for me scientific discovery is impenetrable, it would make me feel as if I'm not good enough to think about my own ideas. This doesn't have to be science, it's true in everything.

You need to learn the rules of the game, and then you can play better than anyone else.
Albert Einstein

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13. (Original post by Mehrdad jafari)
Yeah, you're right, but this is just to give an insight into how scientific research is carried out. Did you know that many students lose interest in science just because they are not told these kind of things? If I'm studying Newton's law of gravity and I'm not told how the equation was worked out, then for me scientific discovery is impenetrable, it would make me feel as if I'm not good enough to think about my own ideas. This doesn't have to be science, it's true in everything.

You need to learn the rules of the game, and then you can play better than anyone else.
Albert Einstein

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Lol very true. Learning subjects at A level sometimes takes the fun out of them.

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14. (Original post by CD223)
Lol very true. Learning subjects at A level sometimes takes the fun out of them.

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Lol, there we go!

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15. Well had the EMPA A2 written section today, all I can say is good luck to anybody who still has it to do, absolutely solid
16. (Original post by JJBinn)
Well had the EMPA A2 written section today, all I can say is good luck to anybody who still has it to do, absolutely solid
Lol, i know. But some of the questions were completely outlandish. If i was a teacher i would strongly criticise them

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17. (Original post by Mehrdad jafari)
Lol, i know. But some of the questions were completely outlandish. If i was a teacher i would strongly criticise them

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Yeah haha, discussing the answers after with other people and everyone got different answers for everything
18. (Original post by JJBinn)
Yeah haha, discussing the answers after with other people and everyone got different answers for everything
Mark scheme is coming soon so we can be sure of criticising them, lol

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19. (Original post by Mehrdad jafari)
Mark scheme is coming soon so we can be sure of criticising them, lol

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What do you mean?
20. (Original post by JJBinn)
What do you mean?
I mean we can discuss the answers sometime later

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