Physics Syllabus

2000-2001 school year

updated August 29, 2002

Introduction week 1

What is Physics?

Demo: Galileo’s Hypothesis

Measurement, Precision, & Accuracy

Scientific Notation

 

Textbook, "Holt Physics"

Chap 1, The Science of Physics week 1

1-1: What is Physics?

1-2: Measurements in Experiments

1-3: The Language of Physics

review worksheets on 1-1, 1-2, 1-3

Mixed Review, chapter 1

 

Chap 2, Motion in One Dimension weeks 2-3

2-1: Displacement & Velocity

2-2: Acceleration

2-3: Falling Objects

average & instantaneous velocity

vector addition & subtraction

Lab: Velocity & Acceleration

Demo: Falling Objects in a Vacuum

 

Chap 3, Two-Dimensional Motion & Vectors weeks 4-6

3-1: Introduction to Vectors

3-2: Vector Operations

3-3: Projectile Motion

lab: Reaction Times

3-4: Relative Motion

lab: 2-D Kinematics

 

 

 

Chap 4, Forces & the Laws of Motion weeks 6-9

4-1: Changes in Motion

4-2: Newton’s First Law

4-3: Newton’s Second & Third Laws

4-4: Everyday Forces

lab: Calculating Coefficients of Friction

lab: Static Equilibrium

 

 

Chap 5, Work & Energy weeks 10-12

5-1: Work

5-2: Energy

5-3: Conservation of Energy

5-4: Work, Energy & Power

 

Chap 6, Momentum & Collisions weeks 13-14

6-1: Momentum & Impulse

6-2: Conservation of Momentum

6-3: Elastic & Inelastic Collisions

lab: Conservation of Momentum

Bridge-building & Egg Drop for Engineer’s Week Competition

2nd Semester

Chap 7, Rotational Motion & the Law of Gravity weeks 1-3

7-1: Measuring Rotational Motion

7-2: Tangential & Centripetal Acceleration

7-3: Causes of Circular Motion

escape velocity and black holes

Chap 12, Vibrations & Waves weeks 3-4

12-1: Simple Harmonic Motion

12-2: Measuring Harmonic Motion

12-3: Properties of Waves

12-4: Wave Interactions

field trip to the Imaginarium

DeBroglie waves and the wave/particle nature of matter

Chap 13, Sound weeks 4-6

13-1: Sound Waves

13-2: Sound Intensity & Resonance

hearing as a logarithmic sense

13-3: Harmonics

lab: Finding the Speed of Sound

Chap 14, Light & Reflection weeks 6-8

14-1: Characteristics of Light

14-2: Flat Mirrors

14-3: Curved Mirrors

14-4: Color & Polarization

discuss additive & subtractive color

practice drawing ray diagrams using protractors

play with polarizing filters

 

Chap 15, Refraction weeks 8-10

15-1: Refraction

15-2: Thin lenses

compound lens systems (microscopes & telescopes)

15-3: Optical phenomena

Special topic, Lou Vee Air Cars week 11

Lab: Physics of Air Cars

 

Here I started a Physics seminar, reading and discussing two books on Physics

Physics of Star Trek weeks 12-13

We read, discussed, and wrote papers on chapters 1-6.

A Brief History of Time weeks 14-16

We read, discussed, and wrote papers on chapters 1-6.

Last two days, watched the movie "Contact"

For next year