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CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS

COURSE EXPECTATIONS AND GOALS

We will study the classical areas of physics: mechanics, including kinematics, Newton’s laws of motion, work, energy, power, momentum, simple harmonic motion; electricity and magnetism; waves and sound, and waves and optics. We will greatly reinforce your algebra skills, your vector skills, and your ability to interpret graphs. Mostly, we will try to understand, a little better, this wonderful, amazing world of ours.

Coursework

Assignments (computer-graded and teacher-graded)

Quizzes/Tests (computer-graded and teacher-graded): One attempt is given with a 60 minute time limit.

Final Exam

When you complete all of the coursework and your instructor has reviewed it, you will be given permission to take the final exam.

Role of Homework

Physics is very much a participatory sport. Reading and problems will be assigned at the beginning of each chapter, and discussed in class. There will be laboratories based on the chapters in the book and lab write-ups will be submitted for grading. I strongly urge you to keep your problems in an orderly fashion in a notebook. This notebook facilitates study for tests and final exams.

The online resource we will use is the Physics Classroom.

Grading

Tests will be given at the end of each chapter, or at the end of two chapters. Tests will count for 70 percent of your grade, laboratory and homework 30 percent.

Conceptual Physics I Fall Semester –

Unit I – Constant Motion

a. Graphing motion – position-time graphs, velocity-time graphs and acceleration-time graphs

b. Constant Velocity Calculations

Lab – PhET Simulations...... THE MOVING MAN: DISTANCE, DISPLACEMENT, SPEED & VELOCITY

Unit II - Accelerated Motion

b. Graphing motion – position-time graphs, velocity-time graphs and acceleration-time graphs

c. Mathematical relationships between displacement, velocity and acceleration

d. Freefall motion

Lab – PhET Simulations......Maze Game - Acceleration

Unit III - Motion in two-dimensions

a. Vector addition

b. Projectile motion

c. Relative velocity

Lab – PhET Simulations ….. Projectiles Simulation

Unit IV – Newton’s Laws

a. Forces and force diagrams

b. Newton’s Laws (First, 2nd and Third)

Lab - PhET Simulations—Forces in 1D

Unit V – Work and Energy

a. Work-Energy Theorem

b. Conservative and nonconservative forces

c. Conservation of Energy

d. Kinetic Energy, Gravitational Potential Energy and Spring Potential Energy

e. Hooke’s Law

f. Power

Lab - PhET Simulations Build-a-Park….

Unit VI – Momentum

a. Impulse

b. Conservation of momentum

Lab - PhET Simulations Momentum and Simple 1D Collisions

Physics 2 Spring Semester –

Unit I Circular Motion & Gravitational Force

a. Centripetal Acceleration & Centripetal Force calculations

b. Newton’s law of Gravity

Labs – PhET Simulations … Universal Gravitation Lab

Unit II Vibration & Waves

a. Simple Harmonic Motion – springs and pendulums

b. Waves – frequency, amplitude and wavelength

c. Speed of waves on a wire

Labs - PhET Simulations …..

1. Pendulum Simulation

2. Wave on a String Simulation

Unit III Sound

a. Interference of waves

c. Doppler effect

d. Standing waves and Beats

Lab - PhET Simulations …Sound Waves

Unit IV Light & Reflection

a. Speed of light

b. Law of reflection

c. Curved and flat mirrors – object distance, image distance and magnification

Unit V Refraction

a. Speed of light in different media.

b. Lenses – Converging and Diverging

Labs - PhET Simulations …..

1. Bending Light

2. Geometric Optics

Unit VI Electrostatics

a. Charging by conduction and induction

b. Electric Force

c. Electric Field

Labs –

1. Electrostatics Simulation

2. Charging and Electroscope Simulation

3. Electric Field Simulation

Unit VII Current & Circuits

a. Current

b. Ohm’s Law

c. Electric Power

d. Series Circuits

e. Parallel Circuits

f. Combination series/parallel circuits

Lab –PhET Simulations ….. Circuit Construction Kit (AC + DC)

### Requested competency code:

- Lab Science

The committee would like you to submit a lab that represents a typical lab that is performed in this class.