Physics

Introduction

Physics is one of the oldest and “purest” of sciences pursued by humans. It is the study of matter and how it moves and behaves through time and space. Physicists seek to understand the rules (Laws) that govern the Universe.

Students who study physics gain a better understanding of the world we live in. You will learn to view the world objectively and approach problems logically. I hope that you find it interesting and rewarding.

Useful Links

Wolfram Alpha– This is a great online calculator and “knowledge engine.” I use it all the time and recommend you do too!

PhET Lab Simulations– We will be doing some of these labs and simulations in class this year, but there’s a whole lot more that you may find helpful, interesting, or just fun!

Honors Physics Schedule and Blackbaud Page

Physics Schedule and Blackbaud Page

Honors/Regular Physics Syllabus

About Portfolio Assessment– An introduction to portfolio grading and tips for making a great portfolio.

Portfolio Rubric

Example Problem– This example shows how your problem solutions should be done. It’s nice if you type your solutions, but it’s not mandatory. I added comments to explain the what and why of things. Read this carefully!

Grading Scale- This explains how portfolio grades on a 0-4.0 scale are translated into the grade book on a 0-100% scale

Year Summary

Our study of physics this year can be broken into two categories: Mechanics of Motion and Modern Physics.

During the first semester, we will primarily focus on the Mechanics of Motion. We will study the basics of Kinematics (how objects move), Forces (why objects move), Work, Energy, Momentum, and Collisions.

The second semester will be a more general survey of topics in Modern Physics. We will begin with Simple Harmonic Motion (waves/oscillations), then move to Sound, Electromagnetism, Thermodynamics, Nuclear Physics, and Special Relativity.

I’ve created a series of pages with information on each of the topics we will be discussing. The links to each unit are found on the right side of the page if you’re on a computer, the bottom if you’re on a phone or tablet.

 

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