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### Surviving the synoptic paper

1. 1. Edexcel A2 Physics Edexcel GCE Student Conference 2006 advancing learning, changing lives
2. 2. Surviving the Synoptic Paper • Passage Analysis • Synthesis Question • Synoptic Questions Edexcel GCE Student Conference 2006 – A2 Physics Surviving the Synoptic Paper
3. 3. Passage Analysis • About half the marks depend on a basic understanding of the Specification. • Remainder are mainly gained by looking back to a sentence or two in the passage. • A small amount of data analysis may be involved So…….. Edexcel GCE Student Conference 2006 – A2 Physics Surviving the Synoptic Paper
4. 4. The trick is to Χ not read the passage again and again until you understand it. glance quickly through the passage. read all the questions carefully. answer some of the questions. Edexcel GCE Student Conference 2006 – A2 Physics Surviving the Synoptic Paper
5. 5. Synthesis Question Analogies in Physics • ‘good physics’ • fairly mathematical • analytical skills required Accelerators • mainly ‘knowledge’ • need to revise thoroughly Edexcel GCE Student Conference 2006 – A2 Physics Surviving the Synoptic Paper
6. 6. Hints: the parts can be answered in any order, or parts left out. being stuck on one part does not mean that you cannot do other parts. sketches, graphs and diagrams are much better than lengthy ‘essays’. Edexcel GCE Student Conference 2006 – A2 Physics Surviving the Synoptic Paper
7. 7. Synoptic Questions • two compulsory questions. • generally cover areas of the Specification not dealt with in the passage analysis. Edexcel GCE Student Conference 2006 – A2 Physics Surviving the Synoptic Paper
8. 8. Hints: read quickly through the whole of each question. could start the examination with one which appears to be ‘friendly’. difficulty of jumping from one area of the Specification to another – practice this. Edexcel GCE Student Conference 2006 – A2 Physics Surviving the Synoptic Paper