Advanced Higher Physics
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AH Physics covers the following 3 units:
- Astrophysics and Rotational Motion
- Quanta and Waves
There is a combination of theory and practical work throughout the course. The AH Physics Project allows students to investigate a physics topic of their choice in more depth through gathering data from practicals, analysing results using Excel, and creating a final report write up. There may also be an opportunity to visit Heriot-Watt University Laboratories to complete some of this practical work.
Students must have achieved Higher Physics to progress to Advanced Higher.