Physics Syllabus

Physics  Course Schedule  for Kathryn Vogler.   Physics Principles and Problems.  Glencoe.


General Date     Chapter                                Topic

09/01-09/30        1,2,3,4                   Review of Unit  Conversion, Density, Significant  Digits, Scientific  Notation, Metric System, Motion,                                                                     Vectors.                     

10/01-10/30        5,6                        Graphing Motion, Velocity, Acceleration.  Free Fall.  Force and Motion.  Newton’s Laws.

11/01-11/30        7                           Force and Motion in 2 dimensions.  Projectile Motion. Circular Motion

12/10-12/17        8                           Universal Gravitation.

01/01-01/26        9                           Momentum and its conservation.

01/24                                              End of Semester 1.  Comprehensive Final Exam.

01/25-02/28        10,11,12                Energy, Work, and Simple Machines.  Thermal   Energy.  Thermodynamics

03/01-03/31        13,14,15               States of Matter.  Waves and Energy Transfer.   Sound.

04/01-04/31        16,17,18,19           Light.  Reflection and Refraction.  Mirrors and Lenses.  Diffraction and Interference of Light.

05/01-05/24        20,21,22,23,24      Static Electricity.  Electric Fields.  Current Electricity.  Series and Parallel Circuits. Magnetic Fields,                                                                      Electromagnetic Induction. 

05/29                                             End of Semester 2.  Comprehensive Final Exam.

Chapter exams will be given at the conclusion of each chapter. 

Near-daily homework assignments.

Labs will be performed for each major topic, when the lab best fits into the school schedule.  Calculator Based Labs (CBL) incorporated throughout.

Lab topics are:  Hook’s Law, Measurement of Time, Graphical analysis of Motion, Graphical Analysis of Uniform Acceleration, Force and Acceleration, Mass and Acceleration, Friction, Pendulum, Centripetal Acceleration, Predicting the Landing Spot of a Projectile, Kepler’s Law of Equal Areas, Conservation of Momentum, Conservation of Energy, Inclined Plane, Pulleys, Ripple Tank Waves, Resonance, Polarized Light, Reflection of Light, Snell’s Law, Concave and Convex Mirrors/Lenses, Ohm’s Law, Series Circuits, Parallel Circuits, Series-Parallel Circuits, Principles of Magnetism, Principles of Electromagnetism.

Grade is based upon:   Tests = 45%, Homework = 20%, Lab = 25%, Participation = 10%

GENERAL EDUCATION LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

1. Read, interpret, and communicate scientific concepts.

2. Represent and interpret information/data.

3. Select, execute and explain appropriate strategies/procedures when solving scientific problems.

4. Apply quantitative reasoning to draw and support appropriate conclusions..