Physics/Physics H Course Overview

 Physics and Physics Honors Overview
 
  

Fall/Winter Semester -

Conversions and Dimensional Analysis 
     Video - Bill Nye "20 Greatest Discoveries in Physics"
Fundamental Forces of Nature

Basic Force Notes (Contact vs. Field)
     Video - Elegant Universe Hour 1
     Video - Mechanical Universe: "Fundamental Forces"
Normalization and Simplification of Equations

***Receive Textbooks*** - Textbook: Chapter 1
Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation
          - Gravitational Fields, Astrophysics, Black Holes, and Relativity
          - Textbook: Chapter 7
Coulomb's Law of Electrosatics
          - Electric Fields
          - Textbook: Chapter 20
          (Electrostatic Demonstrations)
          (Electrostatic Lab) - may be delayed due to high humidity
Magnetism and Magnetic Effect on Wires and Charged Particles
          -Comparison of Gravitational, Electrical and Magnetic Fields 
     Video - Mechanical Universe: "Gravity, Electricity, Magnetism"

(Test 1)

Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM) Labs:
          - Hooke's Law of spring's
          - Periodic Oscillations of Springs to determine spring constant
          - Pendulum
          - Momentum/Spring carts to determine spring constant
     Video - ESPN Sports Figures:  Bunjee Jumping
     -Quantitative SHM Practice
          - Textbook: Chapter 14 Section 14.1
displacement, velocity, acceleration and time (dvat motion)
          dvat lab - Constant Speed
          dvat lab - Constant Positive Acceleration
          dvat lab - Constant Negative Acceleration
-dvat modeling assignment and representative graphs
-simple calculus and algebraic function relationships
-Qualitative Sketching dvat Motion
-dvat Ch 4 review packet from 1985 textbook
          -dvat 6 Pack Graphing Packet
Introduction to Motion Packet
 
(Test 2)
 
Applications of dvat motion
          - Quantitative dvat practice using algebraic equations
          - Textbook: Chapters 2, 3
     Video - ESPN Sports Figures: Bicycle and Running
     Video - Mechanical Universe: Law of Falling Bodies
          - dvat/yvgt lab: Law of falling bodies
-Projectile Motion (Packet calculations and sketching trajectories)    
    
Video - ESPN Sports Figures: Snowboarding
          - projectile motion lab: Trajectory calculations of athletic balls
          - projectile motion lab: Nerf half-projectile of small hand missles
          - projectile motion lab: Nerf large missiles
-Circular (Centripetal Motion), and relative velocity 
          - Textbook: Chapter 6

(Test 3)

Applications of forces and the conservation of momentum and energy
-Pythagorean theorem, right triangle trigonometry review
     Video - ESPN Sports Figures:  Trigonometry of Soccer
          - Basic vector addition using the component method
-Newton's Three Laws of Motion
     Video - ESPN Sports Figures: Race Car Driving (That mu you do) 
          forces lab - Inclined planes and friction
          forces lab - Tension, weight and angle
          - Textbook : Chapters 4, 5
-Momentum Principle, impulse and collisions
          - Textbook: Chapter 9
     Video - BBC Collisions
-Energy Principle, work-energy theorem, power 
     Video - ESPN Sports Figures: Karate, Skateboarding
          - Textbook: Chapters 10, 11
-Heat transfer, nuclear binding energy
          - Textbook: Chapter 30
     Video: NOVA (E = mc^2)

(Test 4)

Waves, Sound, and Light
    
Video - Mechanical Universe:  Simple Harmonic Motion
    
Video - Mechanical Universe:  Waves
     Video - Principles of Technology: Waves
     Video - Great Pacific Media:  Waves and Sound
     Video - Mechanical Universe:  Resonance
     Video - Great Pacific Media: Light, Lenses, and Lasers
    
Video - Mechanical Universe: Optics
-Types of waves:  Mechanical vs. electromagnetic, transverse vs.    
     longitudinal(compressional)
-Properties of waves: Amplitude, wavelength, frequency, reflection,   
     refraction, interference, diffraction, doppler effect, polarization
          wave lab:  Slinky-springs lab
      Video - ESPN SportsFigures: Sweet spot of a baseball bat, 
          surfing, energy of cheering
          -Textbook: Chapters 14, 15, 16
     - (Demonstrations - Water wave table, standing wave machine,
          oscilloscope, resonance tubes)
-Basic wave calculations for velocity 
     - Textbook: Chapters 14, 15, 16
-Snell's law, index of refraction, and critical angle 
     - Textbook: Chapter 18
-Lenses and Mirrors
          wave lab:  Optics lab
          -Textbook: Chapter 17

(Test 5)

Static Electricity and Circuitry
     Video: NOVA - Lightning
     - Cost of electrical power
     - Electrical energy, work and power
     - Current, potential difference, resistance
     - Capacitance
    Video: Great Pacific Media - Electricity the Invisible River of Energy
           lab: Basic qualitative labs 
          - Textbook: Chapters 21, 22
     -Series and Parallel Circuits
           lab: Series and parallel circuits with multimeters
          -Textbook: Chapter 23

(Test 6)

Final Exam

Winter/Spring Semester -

Conversions and Dimensional Analysis
      Video - Bill Nye "20 Greatest Discoveries in Physics"
Fundamental Forces of Nature

Basic Force Notes (Contact vs. Field)
      Video - Elegant Universe Hour 1
      Video - Mechanical Universe: "Fundamental Forces"
Normalization and Simplification of Equations

***Receive Textbooks*** - Textbook: Chapter 1
Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation
      - Gravitational Fields, Astrophysics, Black Holes, and Relativity
      - Textbook: Chapter 7
Coulomb's Law of Electrosatics
      - Electric Fields
      - Textbook: Chapter 20
      (Electrostatic Demonstrations)
      (Electrostatic Lab) - may be delayed due to high humidity
Magnetism and Magnetic Effect on Wires and Charged Particles
-Comparison of Gravitational, Electrical and Magnetic Fields 
     Video - Mechanical Universe: "Gravity, Electricity, Magnetism"

(Test 1)

Static Electricity and Circuitry
      Video: NOVA- Lightning
      - Cost of electrical power
      - Electrical energy, work and power
      - Current, potential difference, resistance
      - Capacitance
     Video:Great Pacific Media - Electricity the Invisible River of Energy
           lab: Basic qualitative labs
           - Textbook: Chapters 21, 22
      -Series and Parallel Circuits
           lab: Series and parallel circuits with multimeters
           -Textbook: Chapter 23

(Test 2)

Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM) Labs:
      - Hooke's Law of spring's
      - Periodic Oscillations of Springs to determine spring constant
      - Pendulum
      - Momentum/Spring carts to determine spring constant
      Video - ESPN Sports Figures: Bunjee Jumping
      - Quantitative SHM Practice
           - Textbook: Chapter 14 Section 14.1
displacement, velocity, acceleration and time (dvat motion)
           dvat lab - Constant Speed
           dvat lab - Constant Positive Acceleration
           dvat lab - Constant Negative Acceleration
-dvat modeling assignment and representative graphs
-simple calculus and algebraic function relationships
-Qualitative sketching dvat motion
-dvat Ch 4 Review Packet from 1985 textbook
      -dvat 6 Pack Graphing Packet
Introduction to Motion Packet
(Test 3)
 
Applications of dvat motion
      - Quantitative dvat practice using algebraic equations
      - Textbook: Chapters 2, 3
      Video - ESPN Sports Figures: Bicycle and Running
      Video - Mechanical Universe: Law of Falling Bodies
      - dvat/yvgt lab: Law of falling bodies
-Projectile Motion (Packet calculations and sketching trajectories)
     
Video - ESPN Sports Figures: Snowboarding
      - projectile motion lab: Trajectory calculations of athletic balls
      - projectile motion lab: Nerf half-projectile of small hand missles
      - projectile motion lab: Nerf large missiles
-Circular (Centripetal Motion), and relative velocity
      - Textbook: Chapter 6

(Test 4)

Applications of forces and the conservation of momentum and energy
      - Pythagorean theorem, right triangle trigonometry review
      Video - ESPN Sports Figures: Trigonometry of Soccer
           - Basic vector addition using the component method
-Newton's Three Laws of Motion
      Video - ESPN Sports Figures: Race Car Driving (That mu you do)
           forces lab - Inclined planes and friction
           forces lab - Tension, weight and angle
           - Textbook : Chapters 4, 5
-Momentum Principle, impulse and collisions
           - Textbook: Chapter 9
      Video - BBC Collisions
-Energy Principle, work-energy theorem, power
      Video - ESPN Sports Figures: Karate, Skateboarding
           - Textbook: Chapters 10, 11
-Heat transfer, nuclear binding energy
           - Textbook: Chapter 30
      Video: NOVA (E = mc^2)

(Test 5)

Waves, Sound, and Light
      Video - Mechanical Universe: Simple Harmonic Motion
      Video - Principles of Technology: Waves
      Video - Mechanical Universe: Waves
      Video - Great Pacific Media: Waves and Sound
      Video - Mechanical Universe: Resonance
      Video - Great Pacific Media: Light, Lenses, and Lasers
     
Video - Mechanical Universe: Optics
-Types of waves: Mechanical vs. electromagnetic, transverse vs.     
     longitudinal(compressional)
-Properties of waves: Amplitude, wavelength, frequency, reflection,    
     refraction, interference, diffraction, doppler effect, polarization
           wave lab: Slinky-springs lab
    
Video -  ESPN SportsFigures:  Sweet spot of a baseball bat,
          surfing, energy of cheering 
           -Textbook: Chapters 14, 15, 16
      - (Demonstrations - Water wave table, standing wave machine,
           oscilloscope, resonance tubes)
     - Basic wave calculations for velocity
           - Textbook: Chapters 14, 15, 16
     - Snell's law, index of refraction, and critical angle
           - Textbook: Chapter 18
     - Lenses and Mirrors
           wave lab: Optics lab
           -Textbook: Chapter 17

(Test 6)

Final Exam