Question 11 in IB Physics November 2016 Paper 1 was a question on determining the gradient of the V-T graph for an ideal gas. Only 11% of candidates answered this question correctly and this statistic is the lowest in SL papers in the last 4 years. Why was this question so difficult? The correct alternative, C, has the same form as the most chosen alternative, B . Alternative B contains the gas constant R whereas alternative C contains the Boltzmann constant k, which is correct; 66% of candidates sitting for the paper confused the constants by selecting alternative B. This could have been avoided by using the formulae on page 6 of the Data Booklet. Make use of the Data Booklet in Physics examinations.
Physics and Mathematics
What are the concepts in Physics and Mathematics that students find difficult? In this blog I will post tutorial points that I hope will stimulate thinking and so broaden the knowledge and understanding of students allowing them to write thorough examination responses. Tutorial notes, from a student's point of view, will be posted on the HSC, IB and university level topics of Relativity, Electromagnetism, Mechanics, Quantum Physics and Calculus. The overall purpose of these pages is to encourage and promote learning in Physics and Mathematics and so open new horizons in learning.