Physics provides students with a firm foundation in Newtonian mechanics, which is essential to any area of science, engineering, or technology. The course is based on the concepts presented in Paul Hewitt’s Conceptual Physics textbook, and we will use his screencasts throughout the course. In addition, students will have the opportunity to engage in weekly simulations and hands-on laboratory activities. The course is an outstanding introduction for students who wish to continue further into AP Physics 1, or as a stand-alone course for further study later on.
Successful completion of Algebra 1 is required for the course, and enrollment in Algebra 2/Trig or higher mathematics is strongly recommended.
1. Describe the physical environment using appropriate units and terms.
2. Correctly apply math operations to problem solutions.
3. Develop a conceptual understanding in Physics, specifically in understanding the motion of objects in one, two, and three dimensions.
4. Define displacement, speed, velocity, and acceleration.
5. Utilize vectors in the analysis of two-dimensional motion.
6. Apply Newton’s Laws in understanding the motion of objects.
7. Apply the Universal Law of Gravitation.
8. Define work and energy, and identify different types of energy and their transfers.
9. Apply conservation of energy principles to problem solving.
10. Define impulse and momentum.
11. Apply conservation of momentum principles to problem solving.
12. Identify types of forces and their influences.
13. Describe forces using vector analysis and determine the net force.
14. Practice observation skills, reasoning skills, communication skills and problem solving strategies.
• butter knife (rounded edge, no sharp point)
• glass jar or drinking glass
• graduated cylinder-100mL (preferred) or 1 cup measuring cup
• lined paper-several sheets
• paper clip--standard metal
• paper towel-several sheets
• pen barrel or small pvc tube
• penny rolls (5)
• plastic baggy-ziploc style, sandwich
• popsicle stick
• post-it note pad 3"X3"
• printer paper-several sheets
• rubber band
• sink or tub
• stopwatch or stopwatch phone app
• tape measure
• tin can (soup size) or small plastic container
• toilet paper-several sheets
• water-soluble marker (black or brown)
Science - Physical Science
9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Gifted and Talented Middle School,High School
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Certified by NCAA for initial-eligibility (VHS School Code: 221356), Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools, AdvancED