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Physics – Semester – 1 (No Lab)

 
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Physics – Semester – 1 (No Lab)

Recommended Grade Level: 9 - 12

This course provides a foundation in scientific investigation and the scientific method. Students understand the impact of science on society and that science has evolved to serve the various needs of society. The course introduces students to the principles of physics and to the important concept of systems thinking. Students are introduced to vector algebra and understand the various concepts related to forces and motion. The course provides a detailed analysis of various case studies where the principles of physics and engineering were adopted to solve complex real-world problems.

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisites:

Middle School Science, Algebra I, Algebra II (Recommended)

Syllabus:

Section 1: Introduction to Science

  • Science and the Scientific Method
  • Famous Scientists
  • Science and Society
  • Scientific Inquiry
  • Conducting Scientific Investigation
  • Publishing Your Research

Section 2: Introduction to Physics

  • Introduction to Physics
  • Historical and Contemporary Physicists
  • Units of Measurement
  • Accuracy & Precision
  • Systems Thinking
  • Lab Equipment & Safety
  • Representing Data in Physics

Section 3: Forces

  • Definitions
  • Introduction to Vectors
  • Operations on Vectors
  • Introduction to Force
  • Impulse of Force
  • Fundamental Forces
  • Solving Complex World Problems – Case Study

Section 4: Motion

  • Introduction to Motion
  • Newton’s First Law of Motion
  • Acceleration
  • Newton’s Second and Third Laws of Motion
  • Motion in Different Dimensions

Section 5: Physics and Engineering Design

  • Introduction to Bridges – Case Study
  • Bridge Design Criteria
  • Bridge Design Constraints
  • Analyzing Forces on Bridges
  • Analyzing Forces in Different Bridge Designs
  • Minimizing the Force of Collision
  • Systems Thinking And Mathematical Modeling

 

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