 Merrillville High School
 Scope & Sequence: Physics I A

Merrillville High SchoolCourse Scope & Sequence
Department: Science DepartmentPhysics I AInstructor: Sally J. Williamson Email: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 RoseHulman Institute at 1877ASK ROSE.I believe that every student can learn physics, but some reasonable effort is required and expected from every student.Course DescriptionPHYSICS I (L)
Physics I is a laboratorybased 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
WeekStandardsInstructional ContentActivities, Readings, Labs, Interactive Notes, Assignments, etc.AssessmentsOther1Quatities, Standards, Measurement, Methods, and Constant VelocityVocabularyLabs: Constant velocity lab, graphing, calculating slopesReading and Problems:Ch. 1, conversions and SI unitsVocabulary, lab, assignments, and quiz gradedPrefixesDelta & Sigma notationLectureNotebookQ&AMetacognition2Kinematics, freefall, uniform accelerationVocabularyLab: Freefall, spark timer, graphingReading & Problems: Ch.2NotesProblem solving templateVideo: Law of Falling BodiesTest: short answer & problemsGraphical analysis of motionSynbols used in physicsReview quadratic formulaLectureNotebookQ&AMetacognition3Vectors: Review or right triangle trigonometry, Addition  both tail to head & components, scalar multiplication  dilation & contractionPythagorean theoremRight triangle trigonometry  hands on and calculationsReading & Problems: Ch. 3Vocabularyinclass assignments: gradedQuizReview how to use calculator (radian vs. degree, inverse keys, correct notation)Symbolic vocabularyQ & AMetacognition4Projectile motionVocabulary:Lab: Horizontal to sloping rampDemonstration: Horizontal and vertical motionReading & problems: Ch. 3Inclass problemsVocabularyWriting: Explain with drawings in notesLab & problems gradedProjectile motion demonstrationTestStandard "shoot the monkey demonstrationDiscuss the trial of GalileoLectuerNotebook with drawingsQ&AMetacognition5Inertia, Mass, Three laws of motion, fundamental forcesVocabularyLab: Newton's 2nd lawDemo: InertiaReading & Problems: Ch. 4Inclass workVocabularyLabs & problems gradedQuizNewton  both historical & discussion of his three lawslecturenotebookQ&AMetacognition6Weight, normal force, friction, tensionSum of forces = 0 (no acceleration)Sum of forces not equal to 0 ( F = ma)Connected bodiesFree body diagramsInclined planeAtwood's machineStudent notes with drawingsStudent assignment to write word problems with solutionsLab: Coefficient of frictionReading & problems: Ch 4Lab and problems gradedStudent problemsTestForces  resolve along two axesLectureNotebookQ&AMetacognition7Work & EnergyWork  Energy theoremConservation of energyPotential energy, kinetic energy, thermal energy, powerVocabularyLab: Conservation of potential energySimple and compound machinesStudent notes with drawingsDemonstration: elastic energyReading & problems: Ch. 5VocabularyLab & problems gradedSimple machines worksheetTestLectureNotebooks8Continuation of week #7 topicsConservation of energy discussionVideo: Conservation of energyLaws of thermodynamicsContinuation of week #7Writing assignmentnotebooksQ & A9Impulse, momentum, Newton's 2nd law, conservation of momentumInclass problemsDemonstration: elastic collisonsLab: Conservation of Momentum  CollisionsReading & problems: Ch. 6Notes with drawingsVideo: MomentumVocabularyLab & problems gradedWorksheetTestPhysics of seat belts and airbagsNotebooksQ & A10Uniform circular motion, gravitationVocabularyTension & friction as centripetal forcesNewton's law of universal gravitationKepler's lawsStable circular orbitFinding the mass of a planet or starDemonstration: circular motion  centripetal forceNotes with picturesReading & problems:Ch. 7VocabularyLab & problems gradedTestHistorical viewNotebooksQ & AMetacognition11Torque, rotational kinematics, rotational inertia, angular momentum, review of radian measureVocabularyDemo: rotational inertiaLab: Torque BalanceReading & problems: Ch. 7 and appendix JVocabularyLab & problems gradedQuizSummary of conservation lawsNotebooksQ & AMetacognition12Heat, temperature, specific heat, latent heat, phase changeVocabularyDemonstration: Expansion of metalsLab: Specific heatReading & Problems: Ch. 9 and Ch.10VocabularyLab and problems gradedQuizTrimester final  multiple choiceReview of semesterQ & ANotebooksMetacognition  Recommended Grade Level: 11 – 12