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How to go beyond A level Physics syllabus?

I am going to take the PAT this year (physics aptitude test) and while I'm very comfortable with a level material this test goes beyond the difficulty of the a level.
Does anyone know what I can read/watch to learn about more abstract physics concepts/experiments?
Or any advice in general would be great.
Original post by user77722
I am going to take the PAT this year (physics aptitude test) and while I'm very comfortable with a level material this test goes beyond the difficulty of the a level.
Does anyone know what I can read/watch to learn about more abstract physics concepts/experiments?
Or any advice in general would be great.

Isaac physics is amazing. They even have these small books for advanced content with questions.
You should check out the 2 A-level Physics books, especially the "How to solve Physics problems" one.
https://isaacphysics.org/pages/order_books?stage=all
Questions are free on the website anyway


This website is good for the Maths-y side
https://i-want-to-study-engineering.org/
And there is also the ENGAA practice papers


You could also try out the BPho practice papers
There is Round 1, Round 2 and the Physics Challenge. There are more challenges you can check out too :smile:
https://www.bpho.org.uk/Papers/R1/


There is also a really good book for problem solving my mentor showed me, which is called
"Professor Povey's Perplexing Problems" by Thomas Povey
You could buy the book or look on the internet if there is a pdf version...


ZPhysics, ScienceShorts on YT are good too.


Practicing questions are one of the most important it's great to see that you are studying for the PAT already, goodluck!!
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Original post by bl4ckhole
Isaac physics is amazing. They even have these small books for advanced content with questions.
You should check out the 2 A-level Physics books, especially the "How to solve Physics problems" one.
https://isaacphysics.org/pages/order_books?stage=all
Questions are free on the website anyway
This website is good for the Maths-y side
https://i-want-to-study-engineering.org/
And there is also the ENGAA practice papers
You could also try out the BPho practice papers
There is Round 1, Round 2 and the Physics Challenge. There are more challenges you can check out too :smile:
https://www.bpho.org.uk/Papers/R1/
There is also a really good book for problem solving my mentor showed me, which is called
"Professor Povey's Perplexing Problems" by Thomas Povey
You could buy the book or look on the internet if there is a pdf version...
ZPhysics, ScienceShorts on YT are good too.
Practicing questions are one of the most important it's great to see that you are studying for the PAT already, goodluck!!

Thank you this is really helpful!
Original post by user77722
Thank you this is really helpful!

Oh, and I forgot to add that TedTalks, podcasts etc are really great too.

I also really like The Royal Institution's amazing lectures. You can watch their videos on https://www.youtube.com/@TheRoyalInstitution/videos
Or even watch it live by booking tickets on https://www.rigb.org/.
The recording gets uploaded on YT after a while later anyways but the feeling of actually attending one live in-person or online is phenomenal!

You'd be able to add them to your supercurriculars too.

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