A level Physics

These materials are aimed at any AS/A2 course.

There are several links between the work that the climateprediction.net team are doing and the Advancing Physics AS / A2 course: See the teachers’ notes for some specific ideas.

Title and description Notes
Using climateprediction.net with Advancing Physics Teachers’ notes (pdf, 100 KB)
Introducing climate prediction Suggested use of simple climate model and presentation teachers’ notes and lesson plan (pdf, 90 KB)
Introduction, including the simple climate model (pdf, 260 KB)
Introduction, including the simple climate model presentation (ppt, 290 KB)
Climate modelling using Modellus Students’ worksheet, requires Modellus (pdf, 170 KB)
Worksheet, requires Modellus (mdl, 13 KB)
Simple Climate Model Teachers’ notes calculator version (pdf, 140 KB)
Students’ notes (pdf, 120 KB)
Excel worksheet version (xls, 14 KB)
Simple Climate Model – programming extension For advanced students, replaces spreadsheet Excel version (pdf, 80 KB)
Simple Climate Model Paper and calculator worksheet (pdf, 100 KB)
climateprediction.net results so far Analysis excercise, teachers’ notes. Does not require the climateprediction.net model to be running (pdf, 110 KB)
Analysis excercise does not require the climateprediction.net model to be running (pdf, 300 KB)
The logistic equation Spreadsheet excercise Stand-alone excercise uses the logistic equation as an example of a chaotic system (xls, 30 KB)
Students’ worksheet Stand-alone excercise uses the logistic equation as an example of a chaotic system (pdf, 140 KB)
Teachers’ notes Stand-alone excercise uses the logistic equation as an example of a chaotic system (pdf, 40 KB)
Advanced Climate Model Students’ notes Spreadsheet looking at the possible mechanisms of climate change (pdf, 110 KB)
Spreadsheet looking at the possible mechanisms of climate change (xls, 150 KB)
Science Behind the Headlines Summary document for teachers. Discussion excercise looking at the portrayal of science and scientists in the media (doc, 30 KB)
Headlines with missing words. Discussion excercise looking at the portrayal of science and scientists in the media (doc, 120 KB)
Stories behind the headlines. Discussion excercise looking at the portrayal of science and scientists in the media (doc, 30 KB)
News article on the effect of heat waves on plants. Discussion excercise looking at the portrayal of science and scientists in the media (doc, 70 KB)
Final discussion. Discussion excercise looking at the portrayal of science and scientists in the media (doc, 20 KB)

Useful background information:

  • Hot times ahead? from Physics Review, 14, November 2004, by Dr. Eleanor Highwood. Reproduced with kind permission of Philip Allan updates (pdf, 630 KB)
  • DIY climate prediction from Physics Review, 14, November 2004, by Dr. Sylvia Knight. Reproduced with kind permission of Philip Allan updates (pdf, 750 KB)