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High School Physics Course Outline
1.0 Credit
Applied Physics/Technology is a high school course in applied science for vocationaltechnical and collegebound students. The material studied shows how technical concepts can be analyzed and applied to equipment and devices in mechanical, fluid, electrical, and thermal energy systems. The course is designed for students to explore and apply the principles of technology in a classroom setting with handson laboratory activities. Within each chapter are several pages that cover topics such as motion, forces, electricity, magnetism, waves, and quantum physics.
1 Introduction
 Introduction
 Course Description
 Plagiarism Discussion
 Pretest
 Assignment: Pretest
 Set the Pace
 Handout: Pacing Guide
 Course Links
 MLA Formatting MSWord 2007
 MLA Documentation updates
 MLA Citation
 MLA Incorporating Sources
2 Math and Measurements
 Making Measurements
 Organizing Collected Data
 Vector Vs Scalar Measurements
 Handout: Measuring Data
 Assignment: Measuring Data
 SI Units
 Significant Figures
 Using Significant Figures
 Scientific Notation
 Handout: Math with Measurements
 Assignment: Math with Measurements
 Converting Between Units
 Handout: Columbia Tragedy
 Handout: Equation Card
 Assignment: Columbia Tragedy
 Quiz: Math and Measurements Test
3 What is Science?
 The Nature of Science
 Scientific Knowledge
 Investigating Science
 Essay: Accidental Science
 Using Models to Explain
 Science’s Impact on Society
 Handout: What is Science
 Assignment: What is Science
 What is Physics?
 Quiz: What is Science Test
4 Kinematics in 1 Dimension
 Distance and Displacement
 Speed, Velocity, and Acceleration
 Using Graphs to Describe Motion
 Relative Velocity
 Handout: Describing Motion & Relative Velocity
 Assignment: Describing Motion & Relative Velocity
 Constant Acceleration Problems
 Handout: Hot Wheels Lab
 Assignment: Hot Wheels Lab
 Free Fall
 Essay: Tin Pan Drop
 Assignment: Linear Motion Practice Problems
 Handout: Kinematics in 1 Dimension Test
 Assignment: Kinematics in 1 Dimension Test
5 Dynamics in 1 Dimension
 What is a Force?
 Types of Forces
 Free Body Diagrams
 Assignment: Free Body Diagrams
 Newton’s 1st Law of Motion
 Newton’s 2nd Law of Motion
 Assignment: Heavy Vs. Light Trucks Lab
 Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion
 Terminal Velocity
 Mass Vs Weight
 Handout: Newton’s Laws & Weight Calculations
 Assignment: Newton’s Laws & Weight Calculations
 Calculating Force due to Friction
 Handout: Calculating Friction Practice
 Assignment: Calculating Friction Practice
 The Four Fundamental Forces
 Gravitational Force
 Assignment: Chapter Review
 Handout: Dynamics in 1 Dimension Test
 Assignment: Dynamics in 1 Dimension Test
6 Kinematics in 2 Dimensions
 What Do Vectors Represent?
 Trig Ratios – Review
 Using Vector Addition
 Type I – Adding Perpendicular Vectors
 Handout: Vector Practice
 Assignment: Vector Practice – Part 1
 Type II – Finding Perpendicular Components
 Assignment: Vector Practice – Part 2
 Type III – Adding NONPerpendicular Vectors
 Assignment: Vector Practice – Part 3
 Type IV – Finding an Equilibrant
 Assignment: Vector Practice – Part 4
 Intro to Projectile Motion
 Projectiles Launched Horizontally
 Projectiles Launched at an Angle
 Handout: Water Balloon Toss Lab
 Assignment: Water Balloon Toss Lab
 Assignment: Projectile Motion Practice
 Essay: Underhand Toss
 Describing Circular Motion
 Changing Circular Motion
 Handout: 2D Kinematics Review
 Assignment: 2D Kinematics Review
 Handout: Kinematics in 2 Dimensions Test
 Assignment: Kinematics in 2 Dimensions Test
7 Dynamics in 2 Dimensions
 Equillibrium
 Tension Force
 Tension Force
 Assignment: Tension Force Practice Problems
 Inclined Plane 3 Inclined Plane
 Handout: Coefficient of Static Friction Lab
 Assignment: Coefficient of Static Friction Lab
 Assignment: Inclined Plane Practice Problems
 Handout: Dynamics in 2 Dimensions Test
 Assignment: Dynamics in 2 Dimensions Test
8 Momentum
 Momentum and Impulse
 Essay: Tossing Eggs
 Conservation of Momentum
 Assignment: Understanding Momentum
 Linear Collisions
 Assignment: Momentum Practice Problems
 Handout: Momentum Test
 Assignment: Momentum Test
9 Energy, Work, & Power
 Work Energy Theorem
 When Force is Applied at an Angle
 Assignment: Work: Read, Research, & Respond
 Power
 Handout: Work and Power Lab
 Assignment: Work and Power Lab
 Types of Energy
 Mechanical Energy
 Conservation of Mechanical Energy
 Assignment: Kinetic & Potential Energy Virtual Lab
 Assignment: Energy, Work, & Power Review
 Handout: Energy, Work, & Power Test
 Assignment: Energy, Work, & Power Test
10 Mechanics Project
 Mechanics Project
 Infomercial Format
 Handout: Infomercial Format Rubric
 Brochure Format
 Handout: Brochure Format Rubric
 Paper Format
 Handout: Paper Format Rubric
 Assignment: Mechanics Project
11 MidTerm
 Midtest
 Assignment: Midtest
 Handout: MidTerm
 Assignment: MidTerm
12 Electricity
 Electric Charge
 Electric Force
 Electric Fields
 Electric Potential
 Static Electricity
 Essay: Lightning Rods
 Assignment: Electric Fields, Forces, & Potential
 Current Electricity
 Measuring Electric Current
 Assignment: Electric Power & Energy Efficiency
 Electrical Circuits
 Circuit Diagrams
 Handout: Circuit Construction Kit Lab
 Assignment: Circuit Diagrams
 Assignment: Circuit Construction Kit Lab
 Kirchoff’s Circuit Laws
 Quiz: Electricity Test
13 Magnetism
 Properties of Magnets
 Electromagnetism
 Assignment: Magnetism and Its Uses
 RightHand Rules
 Using Electromagnetism
 Handout: Making a Motor Lab
 Assignment: Making a Motor Lab
 Elecromagnetic Induction
 Using Electromagnetic Induction
 Essay: Generators Vs Alternators
 Worksheet: Magnetism Review
 Quiz: Magnetism Test
14 Waves
 Types of Waves
 Measuring Waves
 Assignment: Measuring Waves
 Sound
 Assignment: Speed of Sound Lab
 Light
 Assignment: The Electromagnetic Spectrum
 Wave Interactions
 Assignment: Virtual Lab Wave Properties
 The Doppler Effect
 Assignment: Doppler Effect
 Quiz: Waves Test
15 Optics
 Law of Reflection
 Mirrors and Ray Diagrams
 Handout: Concave Mirror Ray Diagrams
 Handout: Convex Mirror Ray Diagrams
 Mirror Equations
 Snell’s Law and Refraction
 Handout: Reflection and Refraction
 Assignment: Reflection and Refraction
 Lenses and Ray Diagrams
 Handout: Convex Lens Ray Diagrams
 Handout: Concave Lens Ray Diagrams
 Handout: Ray Diagram Quiz
 Assignment: Ray Diagram Quiz
 Thin Lens Equation
 Assignment: Optics Math Practice
 Special Effects of Light
 Worksheet: Optics Test
16 Thermodynamics
 Temperature Vs. Heat
 Laws of Thermodynamics
 Methods of Heat Transfer
 Assignment: Heat Transfer
 Kinetic Molecular Theory
 Ideal Gases
 Essay: Deflated Balloon
 Water’s Special Properties
 Quiz: Thermodynamics Test
17 Atomic Physics
 Quantization of Energy
 Dual Nature of Light
 Essay: DoubleSlit Experiment
 The Four Fundamental Forces
 Fundamental Particles
 Worksheet: Atomic Physics Test
18 Physics and Space
 The Big Bang Theory
 How Planets Move
 Assignment: Virtual Lab – Planetary Motion
 Worksheet: Physics and Space Test
19 Modern Physics
 Quantum Physics
 Theory of Special Relativity
 Essay: Time Traveler
 Theory of General Relativity
 Unification of Physics
 Assignment: Modern Physics Test
20 Theory of Everything Project
 Theory of Everything
 Handout: Theory of Everything Project Rubric
 Assignment: Theory of Everything
21 Final Exam
 Posttest
 Assignment: Posttest
 Quiz: Final Exam
22 Course Evaluation
 Handout: Course Evalulation
 Assignment: Course Evaluation
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