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Physics R Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives


Performance expectations include:


  • Developing and using models
  • Planning and conducting investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Using mathematical and computational thinking
  • Constructing explanations


Semester 1 SLOs


Kinematics: One- and Two- Dimensional Motion


  • Differentiate speed from velocity
  • Solve average velocity problems
  • Solve acceleration problems
  • Examine free fall situations
  • Inspect projectile motion


Dynamics: How Forces Affect Motion


  • Support observations of motion using Newton’s 1st law of motion
  • Devise Newton’s 2nd law of motion
  • Measure the force of friction between surfaces
  • Analyze net forces
  • Solve pressure problems


Conservation Laws: Momentum and Energy


  • Investigate momentum
  • Measure impulses during collisions
  • Evaluate collisions using the law of conservation of momentum
  • Categorize types of mechanical energy
  • Assess energy transformations using the law of conservation of energy


Rotational Mechanics: Kinematics/Dynamics for Rotating/Revolving Bodies


  • Solve tangential speed/centripetal acceleration problems
  • Examine stability by locating the center of mass/gravity of an object
  • Analyze lever arms and torque
  • Solve centripetal force problems
  • Solve law of conservation of angular momentum problems


Gravitation: Force of Attraction Between Masses


  • Compare Newton’s and Einstein’s views on gravitation
  • Inspect the inverse square law (gravitational force and distance)
  • Solve Universal law of gravitation problems
  • Measure acceleration due to gravity of celestial bodies
  • Use Kepler’s laws to determine planet periods and average distances  to the sun




Semester 2 SLOs


Relativity: Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity


  • Explain time dilation
  • Solve length contraction problems
  • Analyze the dependence of mass on velocity
  • Interpret Einstein’s E = mc2 equation


Properties of Matter: Solids, Liquids, and Gases


  • Examine the density of substances
  • Solve elasticity (modulus) problems
  • Measure buoyant forces
  • Assess liquid and atmospheric (hydrostatic) pressure
  • Devise a hydraulic lift system using Pascal’s Principle
  • Apply Bernoulli’s Principle to explain matter interacting with fluids


Heat: Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics


  • Differentiate conduction, convection, and radiation
  • Measure specific heat of substances
  • Estimate thermal expansion/contraction of matter
  • Solve phase change problems
  • Design a heat engine using the first law of thermodynamics


Waves: Waves Basics, Sound, Light, and Color


  • Diagram wave characteristics
  • Solve wave speed equation problems
  • Organize an octave of musical notes
  • Analyze subjective/objective qualities of sound
  • Arrange electromagnetic waves by frequency and wavelength
  • Evaluate transparent and opaque objects using color addition and subtraction


Electrostatics: Electrical Forces and Fields


  • Compare/contrast gravitational and electrostatic forces
  • Measure electrostatic force
  • Construct/analyze electric field lines
  • Estimate electric field strength
  • Solve voltage problems


Electricity: Electric Current and Circuits (If timer permits)


  • Measure current, voltage, and resistance (Ohm’s law)
  • Solve capacitance problems
  • Measure electric power
  • Compare/contrast series and parallel circuits
  • Analyze series and parallel circuits to measure voltage, current, and resistance

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