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Solids, Liquids and Gases

Test Your Knowledge

To calculate your current grade in this subject area, give yourself a confidence score for how well you think you would answer each of the questions below in an exam situation.

These are not the type of questions you would typically find in a physics exam. They are designed to remind you which topics you need to revise.

For scoring, 4= Very confident, 0= No Idea. If a question is not on your syllabus, click N/A and you will not be graded on it.

Can you...

...state the rules for connecting springs in series and parallel?

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...define elastic limit?

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...define elastic and plastic?

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...explain the behavior of a material being stretched in terms of atoms and molecules?

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...explain what the Young's modulus tells you about a material?

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...describe the properties of a material from reading its force-extension graph?

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...define brittle and ductile?

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...describe the behaviour under stress of a metal?

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...-glass?

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...-rubber?

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...-polythene?

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...-perspex?

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...descirbe the difference between crystalline and amorphous?

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...define viscosity?

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...describe the molecular interpretation of viscosity?

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...describe the difference between Newtownian and thixotropic fluids?

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...define critical speed (in terms of fluid flow)?

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...define turbulence?

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...define heat capacity?

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...define specific heat capacity?

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...draw a diagram of an experiment to measure heat capacity of a solid?

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...-a liquid?

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...define specific latent heat?

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...draw a diagram of an experiment to measure specific latent heat of vaporisation?

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...-fusion?

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...explain what upthrust is?

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...describe what Archimedes' principle is?

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...explain the principle of hydraulic pistons?

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...define pressure?

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...confidently perform calculations involving a manometer?

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...list advantages and disadvantages of different types of thermometer?

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...confidently convert between Kelvin and degrees Centigrade?

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...derive the formula PV=nRT?

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...derive the ideal gas law (lots of steps involved)?

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...explain what Brownian motion is and what it signified?

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...draw and describe what the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution is?

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...derive the equation relation temperature to kinetic energy?

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...state the Zeroth Law of thermodynamics?

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...state the 1st Law of thermodynamics?

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...explain what the 1st Law of termodynamics implies?

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...describe what a heat engine is?

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...define efficiency?

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...state the 2nd law of thermodynamics in terms of heat engines?

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...explain how a power station works in terms of a heat engine?

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...explain what a heat pump is?

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...describe how a refridgerator works?

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...explain what a thermopile is?

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...explain the difference between heating and working?

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...define standard temperature and pressure?

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