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SyllabusCambridge IGCSE PhysicsSyllabus code 0625For examination in June and November 2011

Note for Exams Officers: Before making Final Entries, please check availability of the codes for thecomponents and options in the E3 booklet (titled “Procedures for the Submission of Entries”) relevant to theexam session. Please note that component and option codes are subject to change.

ContentsCambridge IGCSE PhysicsSyllabus code 06251. Introduction . 21.11.21.31.4Why choose Cambridge?Why choose Cambridge IGCSE Physics?Cambridge International Certificate of Education (ICE)How can I find out more?2. Assessment at a glance . 53. Syllabus aims and assessment . 63.13.23.33.43.53.6AimsAssessment objectivesScheme of assessmentWeightingsExam combinationsConventions4. Curriculum content . 125. Practical assessment . 305.1 Paper 4: Coursework5.2 Paper 5: Practical test5.3 Paper 6: Alternative to Practical6. Appendix . 386.16.26.36.46.56.66.7Grade descriptionsSymbols, units and definitions of physical quantitiesGlossary of terms used in science papersMathematical requirementsResource listICTProcedures for external moderationFormsCambridge IGCSE Physics 0625. Examination in June and November 2011. UCLES 2008

1. Introduction1.1 Why choose Cambridge?University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is the world’s largest provider of internationalqualifications. Around 1.5 million students from 150 countries enter Cambridge examinations every year.What makes educators around the world choose Cambridge?RecognitionCambridge IGCSE is internationally recognised by schools, universities and employers as equivalent to UKGCSE. They are excellent preparation for A/AS Level, the Advanced International Certificate of Education(AICE), US Advanced Placement Programme and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Learn moreat www.cie.org.uk/recognition.SupportCIE provides a world-class support service for teachers and exams officers. We offer a wide range ofteacher materials to Centres, plus teacher training (online and face-to-face) and candidate support materials.Exams officers can trust in reliable, efficient administration of exams entry and excellent, personal supportfrom CIE Customer Services. Learn more at www.cie.org.uk/teachers.Excellence in educationCambridge qualifications develop successful candidates. They not only build understanding and knowledgerequired for progression, but also learning and thinking skills that help students become independentlearners and equip them for life.Not-for-profit, part of the University of CambridgeCIE is part of Cambridge Assessment, a not-for-profit organisation and part of the University of Cambridge.The needs of teachers and learners are at the core of what we do. CIE invests constantly in improving itsqualifications and services. We draw upon education research in developing our qualifications.Cambridge IGCSE Physics 0625. Examination in June and November 2011.2

1. Introduction1.2 Why choose Cambridge IGCSE Physics?Cambridge IGCSE Physics is accepted by universities and employers as proof of knowledge andunderstanding of physics. Successful candidates gain lifelong skills, including: confidence in a technological world, with an informed interest in scientific matters an understanding of how scientific theories and methods have developed, and continue to develop, as aresult of groups and individuals working together an understanding that the study and practice of science are affected and limited by social, economic,technological, ethical and cultural factors an awareness that the application of science in everyday life may be both helpful and harmful to theindividual, the community and the environment knowledge that science overcomes national boundaries and that the language of science, used correctlyand thoroughly, is universal an understanding of the usefulness (and limitations) of scientific method, and its application in othersubjects and in everyday life a concern for accuracy and precision an understanding of the importance of safe practice improved awareness of the importance of objectivity, integrity, enquiry, initiative and inventiveness an interest in, and care for, the environment an excellent foundation for advanced study in pure sciences, in applied science or in science-dependentvocational courses1.3 Cambridge International Certificateof Education (ICE)Cambridge ICE is the group award of the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).It requires the study of subjects drawn from the five different IGCSE subject groups. It gives schools theopportunity to benefit from offering a broad and balanced curriculum by recognising the achievements ofstudents who pass examinations in at least seven subjects, including two languages, and one subject fromeach of the other subject groups.The Cambridge portfolio of IGCSE qualifications provides a solid foundation for higher level courses such as GCEA and AS Levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma as well as excellent preparation for employment.A wide range of IGCSE subjects is available and these are grouped into five curriculum areas. Physics fallsinto Group III, Science.Learn more about ICE at ce.Cambridge IGCSE Physics 0625. Examination in June and November 2011.3

1. Introduction1.4 How can I find out more?If you are already a Cambridge CentreYou can make entries for this qualification through your usual channels, such as CIE Direct. If you have anyquestions, please contact us at international@cie.org.uk.If you are not a Cambridge CentreYou can find out how your organisation can become a Cambridge Centre. Email us atinternational@cie.org.uk. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a Cambridge Centre atwww.cie.org.uk.Cambridge IGCSE Physics 0625. Examination in June and November 2011.4

2. Assessment at a glanceCambridge IGCSE PhysicsSyllabus code 0625Cambridge IGCSE Physics candidates are awarded grades ranging from A* to G.Candidates expected to achieve grades D, E, F or G, study the Core Curriculum only and are eligible forgrades C to G.Candidates expected to achieve grade C or higher should study the Extended Curriculum, which comprisesthe Core and Supplement Curriculums; these candidates are eligible for all grades from A* to G.All candidates must enter for three papers.All candidates take:Paper 1Multiple choice question paperWeighted at 30% of total available marks45 minutesand either:or:Paper 21 hour 15 minutesCore theory paperWeighted at 50% of total available marksPaper 31 hour 15 minutesExtended theory paperWeighted at 50% of total available marksand either:or:or:Paper 4CourseworkPaper 5Practical testWeighted at 20% of totalavailable marksWeighted at 20% of total availablemarks1 hour 15 minutesPaper 61 hourAlternative to PracticalpaperWeighted at 20% of total availablemarksAlterations in the syllabus aims, assessment, content and practical assessment sections for 2011 areindicated by black vertical lines on either side of the text.Cambridge IGCSE Physics 0625. Examination in June and November 2011.5

3. Syllabus aims and assessment3.1 AimsThe aims of the syllabus listed below describe the educational purposes of this examination. The aims ofthe syllabus are the same for all students and are not listed in order of priority. The aims are:1.to provide a worthwhile educational experience for all candidates, through well designed studies ofexperimental and practical science, whether or not they go on to study science beyond this level2. to enable candidates to acquire sufficient understanding and knowledge to: become confident citizens in a technological world, to take or develop an informed interest inscientific matters recognise the usefulness, and limitations, of scientific method and to appreciate its applicability inother disciplines and in everyday life be suitably prepared for studies beyond IGCSE in pure sciences, in applied sciences or in sciencedependent vocational courses3. to develop abilities and skills that are relevant to the study and practice of physics are useful in everyday life encourage safe practice encourage effective communication4. to develop attitudes relevant to physics such as concern for accuracy and precision objectivity integrity enquiry initiative inventiveness5. to stimulate interest in, and care for, the environment6. to promote an awareness that scientific theories and methods have developed, and continue to develop, as a result of co-operativeactivities of groups and individuals the study and practice of science are subject to social, economic, technological, ethical and culturalinfluences and limitations the applications of science may be both beneficial and detrimental to the individual, the communityand the environment science transcends national boundaries and that the language of science, correctly and rigorouslyapplied, is universalCambridge IGCSE Physics 0625. Examination in June and November 2011.6

3. Syllabus aims and assessment3.2 Assessment objectivesThe three assessment objectives in Cambridge IGCSE Physics are:A: Knowledge with understandingB: Handling information and problem solvingC: Experimental skills and investigationsA description of each assessment objective follows.A:Knowledge with understandingCandidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:1.scientific phenomena, facts, laws, definitions, concepts, theories2. scientific vocabulary, terminology, conventions (including symbols, quantities and units)3. scientific instruments and apparatus, including techniques of operation and aspects of safety4. scientific quantities and their determination5. scientific and technological applications with their social, economic and environmental implications.Curriculum content defines the factual material that candidates may be required to recall and explain.Candidates will also be asked questions which require them to apply this material to unfamiliar contexts andto apply knowledge from one area of the syllabus to knowledge of a different syllabus area.Questions testing these objectives will often begin with one of the following words: define, state, describe,explain (using your knowledge and understanding) or outline (see Glossary of terms).B:Handling information and problem solvingIn words or using other written forms of presentation (e.g. symbolic, graphical and numerical), candidatesshould be able to:1.locate, select, organise and present information from a variety of sources2. translate information from one form to another3. manipulate numerical and other data4. use information to identify patterns, report trends and draw inferences5. present reasoned explanations of phenomena, patterns and relationships6. make predictions and hypotheses7.solve problems, including some of a quantitative nature.Questions testing these skills may be based on information that is unfamiliar to candidates, requiring them toapply the principles and concepts from the syllabus to a new situation, in a logical, reasoned or deductive way.Questions testing these skills will often begin with one of the following words: predict, suggest, calculate ordetermine (see Glossary of Terms).Cambridge IGCSE Physics 0625. Examination in June and November 2011.7

3. Syllabus aims and assessmentC:Experimental skills and investigationsCandidates should be able to:1.know how to use techniques, apparatus, and materials (including following a sequence of instructions,where appropriate)2. make and record observations and measurements3. interpret and evaluate experimental observations and data4. plan investigations, evaluate methods and suggest possible improvements (including the selection oftechniques, apparatus and materials).3.3 Scheme of assessmentAll candidates must enter for three papers: Paper 1; one from either Paper 2 or Paper 3; and one fromPapers 4, 5 or 6.Candidates who have only studied the Core curriculum, or who are expected to achieve a grade D or below,should normally be entered for Paper 2.Candidates who have studied the Extended curriculum, and who are expected to achieve a grade C orabove, should be entered for Paper 3.All candidates must take a practical paper, chosen from: Paper 4 (Coursework), Paper 5 (Practical Test), orPaper 6 (Alternative to Practical).Cambridge IGCSE Physics 0625. Examination in June and November 2011.8

3. Syllabus aims and assessmentAll candidates take:Paper 145 minutesA multiple-choice paper consisting of 40 items of the four-choice typeThis paper will test skills mainly in Assessment objectives A and BQuestions will be based on the Core curriculum and will be of a difficulty appropriate to grades C to GThis paper will be weighted at 30% of the final total marks availableand either:or:Paper 21 hour 15 minutesWritten paper consisting of short-answer and structuredquestionsPaper 31 hour 15 minutesWritten paper consisting of short-answer andstructured questionsQuestions will be based on the Core curriculum and willbe of a difficulty appropriate to grades C to GQuestions will be based on the Extendedcurriculum and will be of a difficulty appropriate tothe higher gradesQuestions will test skills mainly in Assessmentobjectives A and BQuestions will test skills mainly in Assessmentobjectives A and B.A quarter of the marks available will be based onCore material and the remainder on the Supplement80 marksThis paper will be weighted at 50% of the final totalmarks available80 marksThis paper will be weighted at 50% of the final totalmarks availableand either:or:or:Paper 4*CourseworkPaper 5*Practical testSchool-based assessment ofpractical skills**Questions covering experimentaland observational skillsWritten paper designed to testfamiliarity with laboratory basedproceduresThis paper will be weighted at 20%of the final total marks availableThis paper will be weighted at 20%of the final total marks availableThis paper will be weighted at 20%of the final total marks available1 hour 15 minutesPaper 6*Alternative to Practical1 hour* The purpose of this component is to test appropriate skills in assessment Objective C. Candidates willnot be required to use knowledge outside the Core curriculum.** Teachers may not undertake school-based assessment without the written approval of CIE. This will onlybe given to teachers who satisfy CIE requirements concerning moderation and who have undergone specialtraining in assessment. CIE offers schools in-service training in the form of occasional face-to-face coursesheld in countries where there is a need, and also through the Coursework Training Handbook, available fromCIE Publications.Cambridge IGCSE Physics 0625. Examination in June and November 2011.9

3. Syllabus aims and assessment3.4 WeightingsAssessment objectiveWeightingA: Knowledge with understanding50% (not more than 25% recall)B: Handling information and problem solving30%C: Experimental skills and investigations20%Teachers should take note that there is an equal weighting of 50% for skills (including handling information,problem solving, practical, experimental and investigative skills) and for knowledge and understanding.Teachers’ schemes of work and the sequence of learning activities should reflect this balance, so that theaims of the syllabus may be met, and the candidates fully prepared for the assessment.Paper 1(marks)Papers2 or 3(marks)A: Knowledge with understanding25–3044–50046–54B: Handling information and problem solving10–1530–36026–34004020Assessment objectiveC: Experimental skills and investigationsCambridge IGCSE Physics 0625. Examination in June and November 2011.10Papers4, 5 or 6(marks)Wholeassessment(%)

3. Syllabus aims and assessment3.5 Exam combinationsCandidates can combine this syllabus in an exam session with any other CIE syllabus, except: syllabuses with the same title at the same level 0652 IGCSE Physical Science 0653 IGCSE Combined Science 0654 IGCSE Co-ordinated Sciences (Double Award) 5124 O Level Science (Physics, Chemistry) 5125 O Level Science (Physics, Biology) 5129 O Level Combined Science 5130 O Level Additional Combined SciencePlease note that IGCSE, Level 1/Level 2 Certificates and O Level syllabuses are at the same level.3.6 Conventions (e.g. signs, symbols, terminologyand nomenclature)The syllabus and question papers will conform with generally accepted international practice.In particular, please note the following documents, published in the UK, which will be used as guidelines:Reports produced by the Association for Science Education (ASE): SI Units, Signs, Symbols and Abbreviations (1981) Signs, Symbols and Systematics: The ASE Companion to 16–19 Science (2000)Litre/dm3To avoid any confusion concerning the symbol for litre, dm3 will be used in place of l or litre.Cambridge IGCSE Physics 0625. Examination in June and November 2011.11

4. Curriculum contentCandidates can follow either the Core Curriculum only or they may follow the Extended Curriculum whichincludes both the Core and the Supplement.Candidates aiming for grades A* to C must follow the Extended Curriculum.Candidates must have adequate mathematical skills to cope with the curriculum.Candidates should make use of the summary list of symbols, units and definitions of quantities.Throughout the course, teachers should aim to show the relevance of concepts to the candidates’ everydaylife and to the natural and man-made world. To encourage this approach and to allow teachers to use flexibleprogrammes to meet the course’s general aims, we have limited the specified content of the syllabus. Thefollowing material should therefore be regarded as an exam syllabus rather than a teaching syllabus.1. General physics1.1 Length and timeCoreSupplement Use and describe the use of rules and measuringcylinders to calculate a length or a volume Use and describe the use of clocks and devices formeasuring an interval of timeUse and describe the use of a mechanicalmethod for the measurement of a smalldistance Measure and describe how to measure ashort interval of time (including the periodof a pendulum)1.2 Speed, velocity and accelerationCore Supplementtotal distanceDefine speed and calculate speed fromtotal timePlot and interpret a speed/time graph or a distance/time graphRecognise from the shape of a speed/time graphwhen a body is–at rest–moving with constant speed–moving with changing speed Calculate the area under a speed/time graph to workout the distance travelled for motion with constantacceleration Demonstrate some understanding that accelerationis related to changing speedCambridge IGCSE Physics 0625. Examination in June and November 2011.12 Distinguish between speed and velocity Recognise linear motion for which theacceleration is constant and calculate theacceleration Recognise motion for which theacceleration is not constant

4. Curriculum content State that the acceleration of free fall for abody near to the Earth is constant Describe qualitatively the motion of bodies fallingin a uniform gravitational field with and without airresistance (including reference to terminal velocity)1.3 Mass and weightCoreSupplement Show familiarity with the idea of the massof a body Demonstrate an understanding that mass is aproperty that ‘resists’ change in motion State that weight is a force Demonstrate understanding that weights(and hence masses) may be comparedusing a balanceDescribe, and use the concept of, weight as theeffect of a gravitational field on a mass1.4 DensityCoreSupplement Describe an experiment to determine thedensity o

Cambridge IGCSE Physics 0625. Examination in June and November 2011. 2. Assessment at a glance Cambridge IGCSE Physics Syllabus code 0625 Cambridge IGCSE Physics candidates are awarded grades ranging from A* to G. Candidates expected to achieve grades D, E, F or G, study the

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