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High School Physics I

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In this course, students will be immersed in the contributions of scientific geniuses that have changed the way we observe and think about matter, forces, and energy in the universe. Starting with how matter moves, students will learn that all motion can be described, analyzed, and predicted. Then students will explore the causes of changing motion, forces! Energy is a fundamental property essential to human existence, and physics will take students through all the forms of it: electricity, light, sound, heat, and more. Discover how waves travel and interact with matter and the smallest particles in the universe. From tiny atoms to galaxies with millions of stars, the universal laws of physics are explained through real-world examples. Through laboratory activities, simulations, and graphical analysis, combined with rigorous mathematical efforts and problem solving, students follow in the footsteps of some of the world's greatest thinkers and learn to process their world in a unique way.

Segment One

Module 01 - Our World in Motion

  • Our World in Motion Introduction
  • Studying Physics
  • What Does It Really Do?
  • Careers in Physics
  • Honors Scientific Theories
  • Math Inventory
  • Physical Measurements
  • ¬†Graphing Data
  • Graphs and Equations
  • Speed
  • Physics 400 Lab
  • Motion Graphs I
  • Velocity

Module 02 - Acceleration and Force

  • Acceleration and Force Introduction
  • Manipulating Equations
  • Acceleration
  • Acceleration Lab
  • Motion Graphs II
  • Free Fall Motion
  • Newton's First and Third Laws
  • Newton's Second Law
  • Newton's Laws Lab
  • Honors 2-D Motion

Module 03 - Application of Forces

  • Application of Forces Introduction
  • Fundamental Forces
  • Force Diagrams and Friction
  • Mass and Weight Discussion
  • Planetary and Circular Motion
  • Conservation of Momentum
  • Momentum Design
  • Honors Angular Momentum
  • Forms of Energy
  • Work and Power
  • Conservation of Energy
  • Energy Models and Devices

Segment Two

Module 04 - Circuits and Current

  • Circuits and Current Introduction
  • Electric Circuits and Forces
  • Electric Current and Magnetic Field
  • Capacitance
  • Resistance and Schematics
  • Circuit Designs
  • Engineering Design I
  • Honors Electromagnetism

Module 05 - Waves and Optics

  • Waves and Optics Introduction
  • Simple Harmonic Motion
  • Exploring Waves Discussion
  • Wave Behavior
  • Lenses and Mirrors
  • Lens and Mirror Equation
  • Lens and Mirror Lab
  • Snell's Law
  • Wave Phenomena
  • Telecommunications and Digital Information
  • Engineering Design II

Module 06 - Heat and Particles

  • Heat and Particles Introduction
  • Temperature
  • Thermal Energy
  • Honors Thermodynamics
  • Thermal Energy Lab
  • Atomic Theory
  • Duality of Light
  • Atomic Spectra
  • Photoelectric Effect
  • Honors Radiation and Radioactivity
  • Fission and Fusion
  • Relativity and Cosmology
  • Engineering Design III