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OCR B Physics Good or Bad? A LEVELS

i personally do not like electricity, ciruits, material, electromagnetism, in physics. OCR B seems to not have too much of this but its hard to tell with the silly unit names. (clockwork universe ahh)

i dont really like worded stuff in physics but dont mind it too much. i like using problem solving skills rather than memorising.

is OCR B a good, interesting spec,
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Original post by ismaelishere
i personally do not like electricity, ciruits, material, electromagnetism, in physics. OCR B seems to not have too much of this but its hard to tell with the silly unit names. (clockwork universe ahh)
i dont really like worded stuff in physics but dont mind it too much. i like using problem solving skills rather than memorising.
is OCR B a good, interesting spec,

no, after just sitting paper 1 2024, and going through 2 years of OCR B I am genuinely questioning life.

Here is why...

I challenge you to find any resources on OCR B, shock, its legit nothing. PMT uses questions from other exam boards which aren't useful due to OCR B being a more 'applied' physics. The CGP book misses a good chunk of year 2 content and the textbook has questions that are wrong in the marksheet (magnetism).

Dont even get me started about the useless crap they shuv into the specifications, specifically bits and images processing waffle. if i was you in all honestly I would suck it up and take AQA or OCR A and just as although you may bed bad or dont like those topics, you'll at least have resources to help you with them and the questions will be easier (there are hard questions in all exam boards). whereas if you find a topic that you inevitably find hard in OCR B there really isnt much that can help you out but rinse and repeat the same 10 questions that become useless after a while.

Sorry if this came across as aggressive, paper 1 was absolutely horrific. literally a person with an imperial and Cambridge offer couldn't any of the 3 mark calculations. Just please, for you own sake do not take OCR B.
Original post by 12lemon
no, after just sitting paper 1 2024, and going through 2 years of OCR B I am genuinely questioning life.
Here is why...
I challenge you to find any resources on OCR B, shock, its legit nothing. PMT uses questions from other exam boards which aren't useful due to OCR B being a more 'applied' physics. The CGP book misses a good chunk of year 2 content and the textbook has questions that are wrong in the marksheet (magnetism).
Dont even get me started about the useless crap they shuv into the specifications, specifically bits and images processing waffle. if i was you in all honestly I would suck it up and take AQA or OCR A and just as although you may bed bad or dont like those topics, you'll at least have resources to help you with them and the questions will be easier (there are hard questions in all exam boards). whereas if you find a topic that you inevitably find hard in OCR B there really isnt much that can help you out but rinse and repeat the same 10 questions that become useless after a while.
Sorry if this came across as aggressive, paper 1 was absolutely horrific. literally a person with an imperial and Cambridge offer couldn't any of the 3 mark calculations. Just please, for you own sake do not take OCR B.

damn im not the only one who thought ocr b's calculation questions were hard asf. was it just me or did the one markers suck also?
Original post by miamooos
damn im not the only one who thought ocr b's calculation questions were hard asf. was it just me or did the one markers suck also?

also i ****ed up on the half life question i put 3 seconds as the half life when it was in the 50s KMS. also i skipped like 2 whole sections
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Original post by miamooos
also i ****ed up on the half life question i put 3 seconds as the half life when it was in the 50s KMS. also i skipped like 2 whole sections

so did I, somehow got 0.18 as the gradient. no Idea how. Thought the other 6 marker was great though. only question I'm really confident on was Q40. Rest of the calculations everything was just not computing. I read the violin standing wave question was so happy to see something so basic, then I kept reading and everything just got worse and worse. MCQ wasn't terrible though to be fair, especially in comparison to the 2023 paper.
Reply 5
Original post by miamooos
damn im not the only one who thought ocr b's calculation questions were hard asf. was it just me or did the one markers suck also?

I thought most of the worded questions where manageable tbf. Think I could of explained the transformers bit way better though.
Original post by 12lemon
I thought most of the worded questions where manageable tbf. Think I could of explained the transformers bit way better though.

the first six marker and the worded questions were so nice i agree, this sounds cocky but i may have gotten likely all of them right as i revised them hard. the calculations (which im usually better at than explaining) i did **** in
Original post by 12lemon
so did I, somehow got 0.18 as the gradient. no Idea how. Thought the other 6 marker was great though. only question I'm really confident on was Q40. Rest of the calculations everything was just not computing. I read the violin standing wave question was so happy to see something so basic, then I kept reading and everything just got worse and worse. MCQ wasn't terrible though to be fair, especially in comparison to the 2023 paper.

yeah i tried to rearrange for L and somehow acceleration got involved so i gave up, others had no clue also lol
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Reply 8
Original post by miamooos
the first six marker and the worded questions were so nice i agree, this sounds cocky but i may have gotten likely all of them right as i revised them hard. the calculations (which im usually better at than explaining) i did **** in

I think I did ok, I didn't really explain why the line of the alloy was constant kinda just said plastic deformation mobile dislocations cause slip. But in terms of microscopic structure of both and explaining graph of rubber I thought I did descent.

Really hoping for low grade boundaries though or i'm cooked for my offers
same for the last part lol hopefully the next ones are easier

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