Welcome to Physics!
Motion - kinetmatics (speed, distance, time, acceleration, force), Newton's Laws, free body diagrams, momentum, impulse
Energy - Conservation of Energy, potential and kinetic energy, roller coasters, renewable vs nonrenewable energy
Electricity and Waves - current, voltage, and resistance, Ohm's Law, AC vs. DC current
Modern Physics - Nuclear fission, ethics of nuclear weapons and nuclear reactors.
CP Expectations: Apply knowledge of physics to predict motion in real world situations. Solve algebraic equations with one unknown variable.
Honors Expectations: Apply knowledge of physics to predict motion in real world situations. Advanced mathematical skills: Solve algebraic equations with more than one unknown variable, apply trigonometry to solve for forces at angles, and apply introductory calculus to calculate acceleration, force, and energy.
Each quarter, students will apply their knowledge to solve a real world problem.
Quarter 1 - Distracted Driving Project - How can we apply our knowledge of Newton's Laws to reduce the likelihood of injury in a car collision?
Quarter 2 - How can we apply our knowledge of energy conservation to design a fun and safe roller coaster?
Quarte 3 - How can we apply our knowledge of Ohm's Law to design an electrical toy?
Quarter 4 - How can we apply our knowledge of nuclear fission to evaluate the ethics of the use of nuclear weapons during WWII and the use of nuclear reactors today?