Segment A of Physics teaches that physics uses a knowledge of physical properties of matter to answer theoretical questions; technology is a method of solving practical problems. Measurement is a process that assigns appropriate numerical values to physical quantities. There are specific rules and guidelines that explain the motion of all objects in the universe. Force, work, and energy are directly related variables that describe basic natural phenomena. Momentum is inertia in motion.

Segment B of Physics teaches that waves are various disturbances that transfer energy without transferring matter. Students will learn that when the temperature of matter increases, the atoms in matter speed up and increase the internal energy of the substance. A buoyant force, which is responsible for floating or sinking, is equal to the weight of the fluid displaced. The flow of electricity is determined by movement of electrons from one location to another, the rate at which the electrons move, and the resistive characteristics of the material carrying the electrons. Electrical charge can induce magnetism. Light is both a wave and a particle. An unstable nucleus will decay over time and emit radiation.

PRE-REQUISITES: Chemistry and Algebra 2

ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME: 32-36 weeks or approximately 125 – 135 hours

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT A

The Science of Physics

  • The History of Science
  • Physics: The Basic Science
  • The Scientific Method
  • Technology in Science
  • Measurements in Experiments
  • Error and Significant Figures
  • Mathematics as the Language of Physics

Describing Motion

  • 1D Vectors and Displacement
  • Velocity
  • Acceleration
  • Free Fall Acceleration
  • Vectors in Two Dimensions (Trigonometry)
  • Projectile Motion
  • Relative Motion

Forces

  • What is a Force?
  • Newton’s 1st and 2nd Laws
  • Newton’s 3rd Law
  • Everyday Forces
  • Pressure
  • Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation
  • Centripetal Force and Circular Motion

Work, Energy, Momentum, and Torque

  • Work
  • Energy
  • Power
  • Momentum and Impulse
  • Conservation of Momentum and Collisions
  • Torque
  • Simple Machines

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT B

Vibrations, Waves, Sound, and Light

  • Simple Harmonic Motion
  • Wave Properties
  • Interactions of Waves
  • Sound
  • Light and Color
  • Reflection and Refraction
  • Mirrors and Lenses

Thermodynamics and Fluids

  • Temperature
  • Thermal Equilibrium and Thermal Expansion
  • Heat
  • Calorimetry and Phase Changes
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluids

Electromagnetism

  • Electrical Charge
  • Coulomb’s Law and Electric Fields
  • Electrical Energy
  • Electric Circuits and Ohm’s Law
  • Series and Parallel Circuits
  • Magnetic Fields

Modern Physics

  • Quantization of Energy and the Photoelectric effect.
  • Waves as Particles
  • Bohr Model of the Atom
  • Nuclear Binding Energy
  • Radioactive Decay and Radiation
  • Nuclear Fission and Nuclear Fusion
  • Relativity

LINKS TO FULL COURSE CURRICULUM MAPS

SEGMENT A

SEGMENT B