Physics Course Description

Course Name: Physics 1 & Physics - Honors Grade Level: Grade 11-12

Prerequisite(s): Algebra 1, Algebra 2

Text and Resources Used:

  • Pearson – Principles with Applications, Global Edition, Douglas Giancoli ISBN-13: 9780321625922
  • www.twig-world.com

Course Description:

Physics 1 provides a conceptually-based exposure to the fundamental principles and processes of the physical world. Topics include basic concepts of motion, forces, energy, heat, electricity, magnetism, the structure of matter and nuclear physics. Students will also develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. Upon completion, students should be able to describe examples and applications of the principles studied.

Course Content/Goals/Outline:

Scientific Thought and Process

  • Scientific Method (see photocopy)
  • Metric Units 1.5
  • Scientific Notation 1.4

Motion

  • Displacement vs Distance 2.1 (2.8)
  • Speed vs Velocity 2.2, 2.3
  • Acceleration 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
  • Free Fall Problems 2.7
  • Projectile Motion Problems 3.5, 3.6, 3.7
  • Motion Lab

Forces

  • Equilibrium 4.2, 9.1, 9.2
  • Net Force 4.1
  • Scalars & Vectors 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4
  • Newton's 1st Law of Motion 4.2
  • Forces in Equilibrium Lab

Newton’s Law of Motion and Law of Gravity

  • Newton’s 2nd Law of Motion 4.4 (4.7)
  • Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion 4.5
  • Mass vs Weight 4.3, 4.6
  • Normal Force 4.6
  • Friction 4.8
  • Static & Kinetic friction problems
  • Friction Lab

Circular Motion and Kepler’s Laws

  • Centripetal Force 5.1-3
  • Law of Universal Gravitation 5.6
  • Gravity 5.5-7
  • Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion 5.8

Work and Energy

  • Work and Displacement Problems 6.1
  • Mechanical, Non Mechanical Forms of Energy 6.6
  • Kinetic and Gravitational Potential Energy 6.3, 6.4
  • Law of Conservation of Energy 6.7, 6.8
  • Power 6.10
  • Conservation of Energy (virtual) Lab

Impulse and Momentum

  • Momentum & Impulse 7.1, 7.3
  • Conservation of Momentum 7.2
  • Elastic & Inelastic Collisions 7.4-6

Thermal Energy

  • Matter 13.1
  • Temperature vs Heat 13.2, 13.9?, 14.1-2
  • Heat Transfer by Convection, Conduction, Radiation 14.6-8
  • Specific Heat Capacity 14.3, 14.4
  • Four states of matter 10.1, 13.1
  • Phase Change 14.5
  • Law of Thermodynamics 13.3, 15.1-4
  • Heat Engines 15.5
  • Heat and Phase Change Lab

Waves Properties/ Sound

  • Properties of Waves 11.7-8, 11.10, 11.13?, 11.14?, 12.1, 12.4, 12.6
  • Constructive & Destructive Interference 11.11
  • Doppler Effect 12.7
  • Resonance 11.6, 11.12
  • Harmonics 11.2, 12.4

Light and Geometric Optics

  • EM Spectrum 22.3
  • Law of Reflection 23.1-2
  • Refraction 23.4-5
  • Optics Lab

Electricity and Magnetism Chapters 16, 20, 21, 29.8

  • Electrostatic Charges
  • Coulomb’s Law
  • Electric Fields
  • Conductors, Insulators, Semiconductor
  • Magnetic Fields
  • Electromagnetic Attraction
  • Faraday’s law
  • Static Electricity Lab
  • Electromagnetic Strength Lab

Electric Circuits Chapters 18, 19

  • Current
  • Voltage
  • Resistance
  • Ohm’s law
  • Potential difference
  • Series & Parallel Circuits
  • Electric Circuits Lab

Modern Physics Chapter 27

  • Scientific theory of atoms (atomic theory)
  • Quantum description, quantization of energy at the atomic level
  • Nuclear Force
  • Four fundamental forces
  • Half Life
  • Nuclear Decay
  • Fission & Fusion
  • Presentation on Modern Physics Topic

Independent research project

  • Research on a chosen topic
  • Experiments
  • Research paper
  • Presentation of research project