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Unit 3: Materials and their working properties

8552 Core technical principles



This unit focuses on Sections and of the AQA specification. It covers the categories and properties of a complete range of core materials within each of five specialist areas. The materials are covered through practical applications and with reference to the key material category in which they belong. The specific physical and working properties that best describe each material subcategory are identified and defined with reference to use and knowledge that will underpin practical designing and making activities.

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Inside the Unit...

  • Areas Covered

    • Lesson 1 Papers and boards
    • Lesson 2 Natural and manufactured timbers
    • Lesson 3 Metals and alloys
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    • Lesson 4 Polymers
    • Lesson 5 Textiles
    • Lesson 6 Assessment

    There are 5 worksheets, 5 homework tasks, and an examination-style assessment test, each with answers included in this unit.

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