• Merrillville High School
    Course Scope & Sequence
     
     
    Department:
     Science Department
    Physics I A
    Instructor:  Sally J. Williamson

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    Course Expectations, Goals & Routines

    This course requires algebra skills, right triangle trigonometry, and problem solving skills. There will be a quick review of the quadratic formula and the trigonometric functions.
    Students are expected to do the reading assignments and assigned problems. Students must the textbook, calculator, notebook, and a blue or black pen to class every day.
    This course is a college prepatory class. Students will be able to read, analyze, and solve basic physics word problems.
    Students who need extra practice should see me, go to Room F10 before school monday through Thursday or after school Monday through Wednesday, or call the Rose-Hulman Institute at 1-877-ASK ROSE.
    I believe that every student can learn physics, but some reasonable effort is required and expected from every student.
     
    Course Description
     

    PHYSICS I (L)                                                                                              

    Physics I is a laboratory-based course in which students synthesize the fundamental concepts and principles related to matter and energy, including mechanics, wave motion, heat, light, electricity, magnetism, atomic and subatomic physics.  Through regular laboratory study using such quantities as velocity, acceleration, force, energy, momentum, and charge, students (1) examine the nature and scope of physics, including its relationship to other sciences and its ability to describe phenomena using physical laws, (2) describe the history of physics and its role in the birth of technology, (3) explore the uses of its models, theories, and laws in various careers, and (4) investigate physics questions and problems related to personal needs and societal issues.

    • Recommended Grade Level:  11 – 12
    • Recommended Prerequisite:  Algebra II or currently enrolled in Algebra II along with physics
    • Credits: 2 trimester course for 2 credits
    • Counts as a Science Course for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas
    • A Career Academic Sequence or Flex Credit course
     
     
    Week
    Standards
    Instructional Content
    Activities, Readings, Labs, Interactive Notes, Assignments, etc.
    Assessments
    Other
    1
     
    Quatities, Standards, Measurement, Methods, and Constant Velocity
     
    Vocabulary
     
    Labs: Constant velocity lab, graphing, calculating slopes
     
    Reading and Problems:
    Ch. 1, conversions and SI units
    Vocabulary, lab, assignments, and quiz graded
    Prefixes
     
    Delta & Sigma notation
     
    Lecture
     
    Notebook
     
    Q&A
     
    Metacognition
    2
     
    Kinematics, freefall, uniform acceleration
    Vocabulary
     
    Lab: Freefall, spark timer, graphing
     
    Reading & Problems: Ch.2
     
    Notes
     
    Problem solving template
     
    Video: Law of Falling Bodies
    Test: short answer & problems
    Graphical analysis of motion
     
    Synbols used in physics
     
    Review quadratic formula
     
    Lecture
     
    Notebook
     
    Q&A
     
    Metacognition
    3
     
    Vectors: Review or right triangle trigonometry, Addition - both tail to head & components, scalar multiplication - dilation & contraction
    Pythagorean theorem
     
    Right triangle trigonometry - hands on and calculations
     
    Reading & Problems: Ch. 3
     
    Vocabulary
     
    in-class assignments: graded
     
    Quiz
    Review how to use calculator (radian vs. degree, inverse keys, correct notation)
     
    Symbolic vocabulary
     
    Q & A
     
    Metacognition
    4
     
    Projectile motion
    Vocabulary:
     
    Lab: Horizontal to sloping ramp
     
    Demonstration: Horizontal and vertical motion
     
    Reading & problems: Ch. 3
     
    In-class problems
    Vocabulary
     
    Writing: Explain with drawings in notes
     
    Lab & problems graded
     
    Projectile motion demonstration
     
    Test
    Standard "shoot the monkey demonstration
     
    Discuss the trial of Galileo
     
    Lectuer
     
    Notebook with drawings
     
    Q&A
     
    Metacognition
    5
     
    Inertia, Mass, Three laws of motion, fundamental forces
    Vocabulary
     
    Lab: Newton's 2nd law
     
    Demo: Inertia
     
    Reading & Problems: Ch. 4
     
    In-class work
    Vocabulary
     
    Labs & problems graded
     
    Quiz
    Newton - both historical & discussion of his three laws
     
    lecture
     
    notebook
     
    Q&A
     
    Metacognition
    6
     
    Weight, normal force, friction, tension
     
    Sum of forces  = 0 (no acceleration)
     
    Sum of forces not equal to 0 ( F = ma)
     
    Connected bodies
    Free body diagrams
     
    Inclined plane
     
    Atwood's machine
     
    Student notes with drawings
     
    Student assignment to write word problems with solutions
     
    Lab: Coefficient of friction
     
    Reading & problems: Ch 4
     
     
    Lab and problems graded
     
    Student problems
     
    Test
    Forces - resolve along two axes
     
    Lecture
     
    Notebook
     
    Q&A
     
    Metacognition
    7
     
    Work & Energy
     
    Work - Energy theorem
     
    Conservation of energy
     
    Potential energy, kinetic energy, thermal energy, power
    Vocabulary
     
    Lab: Conservation of potential energy
     
    Simple and compound machines
     
    Student notes with drawings
     
    Demonstration: elastic energy
     
    Reading & problems: Ch. 5
    Vocabulary
     
    Lab & problems graded
     
    Simple machines worksheet
     
    Test
    Lecture
     
    Notebooks
     
     
    8
     
    Continuation of week #7 topics
    Conservation of energy discussion
     
    Video: Conservation of energy
     
    Laws of thermodynamics
     
    Continuation of week #7
     
    Writing assignment
    notebooks
     
    Q & A
     
     
    9
     
    Impulse, momentum, Newton's 2nd law, conservation of momentum
    In-class problems
     
    Demonstration: elastic collisons
     
    Lab: Conservation of Momentum - Collisions
    Reading & problems: Ch. 6
     
    Notes with drawings
     
    Video: Momentum
    Vocabulary
     
    Lab & problems graded
     
    Worksheet
     
    Test
    Physics of seat belts and airbags
     
    Notebooks
     
    Q & A
    10
     
    Uniform circular motion, gravitation
    Vocabulary
     
    Tension & friction as centripetal forces
     
    Newton's law of universal gravitation
     
    Kepler's laws
     
    Stable circular orbit
     
    Finding the mass of a planet or star
     
    Demonstration: circular motion - centripetal force
     
    Notes with pictures
     
    Reading & problems:Ch. 7
    Vocabulary
     
    Lab & problems graded
     
    Test
    Historical view
     
    Notebooks
     
    Q & A
     
    Metacognition
    11
     
    Torque, rotational kinematics, rotational inertia, angular momentum, review of radian measure
    Vocabulary
     
    Demo: rotational inertia
     
    Lab: Torque Balance
     
    Reading & problems: Ch. 7 and appendix J
    Vocabulary
     
    Lab & problems graded
     
    Quiz
    Summary of conservation laws
     
    Notebooks
     
    Q & A
     
    Metacognition
    12
     
    Heat, temperature, specific heat, latent heat, phase change
    Vocabulary
     
    Demonstration: Expansion of metals
     
    Lab: Specific heat
     
    Reading & Problems: Ch. 9 and Ch.10
    Vocabulary
     
    Lab and problems graded
     
    Quiz
     
    Trimester final - multiple choice
     
     
    Review of semester
     
    Q & A
     
    Notebooks
     
    Metacognition