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GCSE Core Physics Revision Paper

This is a Core Physics Revision Paper for students doing core science. It covers a selection of physics topics, including light, sound and waves.

'GCSE Core Physics Revision Paper' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Curriculum topic:  GCSE Revision Papers

Curriculum subtopic:  Physics

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QUESTION 1 of 10

This is a Core Physics Revision Paper for students doing core science. It covers a selection of physics topics, including light, sound and waves.

What is the model that Greek astronomer Ptolemy used to explain how the Sun, the Moon and the planets move into orbits?

What is the scientific name used for the change of light direction?

Converging lenses produce images that are ____________.

State two things that occur when light waves reach a boundary between different materials.

Waves which particles move back and forth in line with the direction that the wave is going are transverse waves.

true

false

What simple instrument did William Herschel use when he discovered infrared waves?

Which rays have the shorter wavelength in the electromagnetic spectrum?

X rays

radiowaves

gamma rays

What effect does UV exposure have on eyes?

Tick four uses of electromagnetic radiation.

radiotherapy

genetic fingerprinting

fluorescent lamps

optical fibres

supersonic jets

thermal imaging

Name a radioactive metal that glows naturally.

carbon

iron

radium

What is the name of our galaxy?

The name of this galaxy needs to be in capital letters.

What colour of the visible light spectrum has the shortest wavelength?

What are the huge explosions in the Sun's atmosphere called?

What does SETI stand for?

Search for Extraterrestrial Interaction

Solar Extra Titanic Investigation

Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

What do all stars begin life as?

a cloud of gas

a protostar

a black hole

What does CMB radiation stand for?

Cosmic Molar Bang

Cosmic Microwave Background

Collision Microwave Bang

According to the Doppler effect, __________________________.

as an emergency vehicle's siren passes us the pitch gets lower

as an emergency vehicle's siren passes us the pitch gets higher

Infrasound is sound waves with frequencies below 20Hz.

true

false

Give an application of ultrasounds.

What is the instrument used to detect earthquakes?

  • Question 1

What is the model that Greek astronomer Ptolemy used to explain how the Sun, the Moon and the planets move into orbits?

CORRECT ANSWER
geocentric
EDDIE SAYS
Ptolemy introduced the geocentric model; the idea that Earth is in the centre of everything in the Universe.
  • Question 2

What is the scientific name used for the change of light direction?

CORRECT ANSWER
refraction
EDDIE SAYS
The change of the direction of light is called refraction.
  • Question 3

Converging lenses produce images that are ____________.

CORRECT ANSWER
magnified
EDDIE SAYS
Converging lenses produce images that are magnified.
  • Question 4

State two things that occur when light waves reach a boundary between different materials.

CORRECT ANSWER
reflection
refraction
EDDIE SAYS
When light waves enter a different material, they refract (refraction), but some of them are also reflected (reflection) at the boundary of the two materials.
  • Question 5

Waves which particles move back and forth in line with the direction that the wave is going are transverse waves.

CORRECT ANSWER
false
EDDIE SAYS
This statement is false. Waves which particles move back and forth in line with the direction that the wave is going are longitudinal waves. In transverse waves the particles move at right angles to the direction that the wave is going.
  • Question 6

What simple instrument did William Herschel use when he discovered infrared waves?

CORRECT ANSWER
thermometer
EDDIE SAYS
William Herschel used thermometers either side of the visible light spectrum and discovered infrared waves.
  • Question 7

Which rays have the shorter wavelength in the electromagnetic spectrum?

CORRECT ANSWER
gamma rays
EDDIE SAYS
Gamma rays have the shorter wavelength in the electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Question 8

What effect does UV exposure have on eyes?

CORRECT ANSWER
cataract
EDDIE SAYS
UV exposure to the eyes over a long time can cause cataract - a clouding of the eye lens and reduced vision.
  • Question 9

Tick four uses of electromagnetic radiation.

CORRECT ANSWER
radiotherapy
fluorescent lamps
optical fibres
thermal imaging
EDDIE SAYS
Electromagnetic radiation has many applications, like in radiotherapy, security (fluorescent lamps and thermal imaging) and in communication with optical fibres.
  • Question 10

Name a radioactive metal that glows naturally.

CORRECT ANSWER
radium
EDDIE SAYS
Radium is a radioactive metal that glows naturally.
  • Question 11

What is the name of our galaxy?

The name of this galaxy needs to be in capital letters.

CORRECT ANSWER
Milky Way
EDDIE SAYS
Earth is found in a galaxy called The Milky Way.
  • Question 12

What colour of the visible light spectrum has the shortest wavelength?

CORRECT ANSWER
violet
EDDIE SAYS
Violet has the shortest wavelength and red the longest.
  • Question 13

What are the huge explosions in the Sun's atmosphere called?

CORRECT ANSWER
solar flares
EDDIE SAYS
Huge explosions in the Sun's atmosphere are called solar flares.
  • Question 14

What does SETI stand for?

CORRECT ANSWER
Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
EDDIE SAYS
SETI stands for Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.
  • Question 15

What do all stars begin life as?

CORRECT ANSWER
a cloud of gas
EDDIE SAYS
All stars begin life as clouds of gas.
  • Question 16

What does CMB radiation stand for?

CORRECT ANSWER
Cosmic Microwave Background
EDDIE SAYS
CMB stands for Cosmic Microwave Background.
  • Question 17

According to the Doppler effect, __________________________.

CORRECT ANSWER
as an emergency vehicle's siren passes us the pitch gets lower
EDDIE SAYS
According to the Doppler effect, as an emergency vehicle's siren passes us the pitch gets lower.
  • Question 18

Infrasound is sound waves with frequencies below 20Hz.

CORRECT ANSWER
true
EDDIE SAYS
The statement is true: infrasounds have frequencies below 20Hz.
  • Question 19

Give an application of ultrasounds.

CORRECT ANSWER
ultrasound scans
EDDIE SAYS
Ultrasound scans are used to make images of things inside the body.
  • Question 20

What is the instrument used to detect earthquakes?

CORRECT ANSWER
seismometers
EDDIE SAYS
Seismometers are used to detect earthquakes.
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