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Complete Physics for Cambridge Lower Secondary: Cambridge Checkpoint and beyond

Thorough preparation for Cambridge Checkpoint - rise to the challenge of Cambridge IGCSE®

Helen Reynolds

Suitable for:  Cambridge Lower Secondary learners, aged 11-13

Price:  £22.50

ISBN: 978-0-19-839024-4
Publication date: 22/08/2013
Paperback: 256 pages
Dimensions: 276x219mm

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Fully matched to the Cambridge Lower Secondary Physics syllabus, this rigorous Student Book prepares learners for both the Cambridge Checkpoint test and for the leap to IGCSE Science, introducing the principles of scientific enquiry, extension material and assessment practice from the outset.


  • Guide learners through the Cambridge Lower Secondary course and the Cambridge Checkpoint test, with resources that are matched to the syllabus and can be used for a two or three year curriculum
  • Build learners' confidence and track progress, using consolidation-focused activities and regular review sections, featuring Cambridge Checkpoint-style questions
  • Prepare learners for long-term assessment success using extension material and a section devoted to progression to Cambridge IGCSE
  • Encourage critical thinking and practical investigation, using engaging scientific enquiry sections, embedded throughout the course
  • Support all learners with a clear and appealing layout, accessible language and regular summaries of key information

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  • "We were particularly impressed by the layout, clear language, scientific investigations and that we can link your book chapters clearly to the chapters in our native language books." - Fiona Luna, Science Teacher, IES Karlstad, Sweden
  • "Complete Physics for Cambridge Secondary 1 is comprehensive, well written and clear. The mathematical and technical aspects of the subject are made understandable by Helen Reynolds. Students will find this a good resource." - Amazon teacher review
  • Complete Science for Cambridge Secondary 1 is easy to navigate, with each learning topic covered by a double-page spread. Concepts are clearly explained and followed by questions to test students understanding. In addition to these, this book contains end of unit questions to help students prepare for the progress test. And also, Scientific Enquiry sections include advice on carrying out practical work and recording results. Answers to the questions are included on the Teacher's Resource book and CD-ROM. - Dr. Kyaw Khine, Head of Science,Nelson International Education Center, Myanmar
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Table of Contents

Stage 7
1 Forces
1.1: Introduction to forces
1.2: Balanced forces
1.3: Friction
1.4: Gravity
1.5: Enquiry: Questions, evidence, and explanation
1.6: Air resistance
1.7: Enquiry: Planning investigations
1.8: Tension and upthrust
1.9: Enquiry: Presenting results – tables and graphs
1.10: Extension: Round in circles
1.11: Review
2 Energy
2.1: What is energy?
2.2: Energy from the Sun
2.3: Energy types
2.4: Energy transfer
2.5: Conservation of energy
2.6: Gravitational potential energy and kinetic energy
2.7: Elastic potential energy
2.8: Enquiry: Suggesting ideas
2.9: Extension: Energy calculations and Sankey diagrams
2.10: Review: Checkpoint-style questions
3 The Earth and beyond
3.1: The night sky
3.2: Day and night
3.3: The seasons
3.4: Stars
3.5: Our Solar System
3.6: Extension: The Moon
3.7: Enquiry: Explanations – geocentric model
3.8: Enquiry: Explanations – heliocentric model
3.9: Extension: Beyond our Solar System
3.10: Enquiry: Using secondary sources
3.11: Extension: The origin of the Universe
3.12: Review
Stage 7 Review
Stage 8
4 Forces
4.1: Speed
4.2: Enquiry: Taking accurate measurements
4.3: Distance-time graphs
4.4: Extension: Acceleration and speed-time graphs
4.5: Enquiry: Presenting results in tables and graphs
4.6: Enquiry: Asking scientific questions
4.7: Review
5 Sound
5.1: Sound, vibrations, and energy transfer
5.2: Extension: Detecting sounds
5.3: Loudness and the decibel scale
5.4: Loudness, amplitude, and oscilloscopes
5.5: Pitch and frequency
5.6: Enquiry: Making simple calculations
5.7: Extension: Echoes
5.8: Review
6 Light
6.1: What is light?
6.2: How do we see things?
6.3: Extension: The speed of light
6.4: Reflection
6.5: Making measurements: Laws of reflection

6.6: Refraction: Air and water
6.7: Refraction: Air and glass
6.8: Dispersion
6.9: Colour
6.10: Presenting conclusions: More on colour
6.11: Enquiry: Asking scientific questions
6.12: Extension: Lasers
6.13: Review
7 Magnetism
7.1: The properties of magnets
7.2: Magnetic fields
7.3: Electromagnets
7.4: Enquiry: Identifying and controlling variables
7.5: Extension: Using electromagnets
7.6: Review
Stage 8 Review
Stage 9
8 Forces
8.1: Pressure
8.2: The effects of pressure
8.3: Pressure in liquids
8.4: Using pressure in liquids
8.5: Pressure in gases
8.6: Extension: Pressure, volume, and temperature in gases
8.7: Enquiry: Preliminary work
8.8: Density
8.9: Explaining density
8.10: Enquiry: Questions, evidence, and explanations
8.11: Levers
8.12: Calculating moments
8.13: Enquiry: Planning
8.14: Extension: Centre of mass and stability
8.15: Review
9 Electricity
9.1: Electrostatic phenomena
9.2: Dangers of electrostatic phenomena
9.3: Digital sensors
9.4: Electric circuits
9.5: Current: What is it and how we can measure it
9.6: Parallel circuits
9.7: Models for electric circuits
9.8: How components affect the current
9.9: Voltage
9.10: Enquiry: Selecting ideas to test circuits
9.11: Extension: Energy and power
9.12: Review
10 Energy
10.1: Hot and cold
10.2: Energy transfer: Conduction
10.3: Energy transfer: Convection
10.4: Energy transfer: Radiation
10.5: Cooling by evaporation
10.6: The world's energy needs
10.7: Fossil fuels
10.8: Generating electricity
10.9: Renewable energy sources: Solar and geothermal
10.10: Renewable energy sources: Using water and wind
10.11: Energy for the future
10.12: Review
Stage 9 Review
Reference pages

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