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Physics

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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