In this one semester course, students will learn that force is the cause of the change in an object’s motion, and work is the result of a force acting on an object to move it some distance. An object requires energy in order to do work. The amount of momentum and energy in any system must remain the same throughout any interaction of objects in the system. The states of matter are influenced by the laws of thermodynamics. Electric and magnetic fields are created by electric charges and these fields can be used to perform work. Waves are a method of energy transfer which does not involve the exchange of matter. Light has a dual nature in that it behaves as both a particle and a wave.

PRE-REQUISITES: None

ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME: 16-18 weeks or approximately 65 – 75 hours

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS 

Force, Work, and Energy

  • Metric System (SI)
  • Motion
  • Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Types of Forces
  • Newton’s Gravity
  • Doing Work
  • Forms of Energy
  • Thermal Energy

Momentum, Conservation Laws, and Matter

  • Momentum
  • Conservation of Momentum
  • Conservation of Angular Momentum
  • Conservation of Energy
  • Laws of Thermodynamics
  • Fluid State of Matter
  • Solid State of Matter

Electric and Magnetic Fields

  • Electric Charge
  • Electric Force
  • Electric Fields
  • Electric Current
  • Electric Circuits
  • Magnetic Fields
  • Electromagnetic Induction

Properties of Light and Waves

  • Properties of Waves
  • Wave Behavior
  • Properties of Sound
  • Fundamentals of Light
  • Properties of Light
  • Behavior of Light
  • Light Reflections and Refraction
  • Light as a Particle

LINKS TO FULL COURSE CURRICULUM MAPS

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