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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

2 segments / 32-36 weeks

Overview

In each module of Physics I, students discover the contributions of scientific geniuses like Galileo, Newton, and Einstein. Through their work, students learn the concepts, theories, and laws that govern the interaction of matter, energy, and forces. From tiny atoms to galaxies with millions of stars, the universal laws of physics are explained through real-world examples. Using laboratory activities, simulations, images, and interactive elements, students follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest thinkers.

 

Note: content varies depending on course version. For currently enrolled students, please refer to the syllabus located in the course information area for curriculum specifics.

Major Topics and Concepts

 

Segment 1

  • Plagiarism, Libel, Slander
  • Theory vs. law, science vs. pseudoscience
  • Measurement Techniques
  • Graphical Analysis
  • Experimental Techniques
  • Lab Design
  • Speed, Velocity, Acceleration
  • Problem-Solving Methods
  • Vector and Scalar Quantities
  • Equation Manipulation
  • Freefall and Gravity
  • Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • The Fundamental Forces
  • Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation
  • Coulomb’s Law
  • Mass and Weight
  • Free-body Diagrams
  • Uniform Circular Motion
  • Momentum and Angular Momentum

 

Segment 2

  • Temperature and Heat
  • Conservation of Thermal Energy
  • Kinetic and Potential Energy
  • Work and Power
  • Conductors and Insulators
  • Electrical Fields and Forces
  • Simple, Series, and Parallel Circuits
  • Schematic Diagrams
  • Simple Harmonic Motion
  • Wave Behavior and Equation
  • Ray Diagrams
  • Lenses and Mirrors
  • Snell’s Law
  • Atomic Theory
  • Atoms and Molecules
  • Fundamental Particles
  • Duality of Light
  • Radioactivity
  • Nuclear Fission and Nuclear Fusion
  • Special Relativity and Cosmology

 

 

Credits 1

Competencies

  • Dynamics: The Study of Forces
    Student will demonstrate a conceptual understanding of mechanics through the application of Newton's Laws, force diagrams, and the conservation of momentum.
  • Electricity
    Student will demonstrate a conceptual understanding of electricity by analyzing the use of capacitor and constructing simple circuits.
  • Energy
    Student will demonstrate a conceptual understanding of electricity by analyzing the use of capacitor and constructing simple circuits.
  • Quantum Mechanics
    Student will demonstrate conceptual understanding of wave-particle theory of light on a micro scale (atomic model) and macro scale (cosmology) by applying the theory to solve real world problems.
  • Speed, Velocity, and Acceleration
    Student will demonstrate conceptual understanding of motion to kinematics by analyzing motion graphs and solving problems involving speed, velocity, and accelerations.
  • The Scientific Process and Experimental Design
    Student will demonstrate understanding of the scientific process, experimental design, and data analysis by conducting a self-designed scientific exploration and communicating results.
  • Waves
    Student will demonstrate conceptual understanding of how energy is transmitted through waves by applying the wave theory of light in various situations.

Pre-Requisites

Algebra I; Algebra II recommended

Honors

Course: To take the Honors version, please select the course from the"Advance/Honors/AP" drop down during registration.

Project/Experience: Honors is awarded by earning "Exceeds" on all rubric assessments.

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