• Hello ! Welcome to Bruce Garrison's Online Classroom!

    Name:Mr. Bruce Garrison
    Subject:Jr. and Sr. Physics
    Room #:252
    Welcome to Physics, the supreme science. Please find below the
    descriptions for the individual courses, along with an outline listing
    what is covered in each class.
    You may have to scroll a ways down to find your course.
    (AP Physics 1 and IB Physics)
     As per the new district grading policy.
    Retakes:  You may retake up to 2 summative assessments(not the midterm or final) in order to  try to replace your original score with a better score.  You have 1 opportunity to retake that quiz/test so make it count!!!!                                  
    As we all know, this is going to be an interesting and challenging year back at Richwoods. With 45 minute classes to start the year, we will have more time than last year in class, but not as much as we used to have. Some of the material will need to be learned out of the classroom. Labs will be different because Traditional AP labs often cannot be done in 45 minutes with partner standing 3 ft apart and wearing masks.We will do the best we can.

    Course descriptions and outlines for the courses I teach are given below


    AP Physics 1 Course Introduction

    Textbook:College Physics, Serway/Vuille; 8th Ed.: Brooks/Cole 2010. [CR1]

    About this course:

    The AP Physics 1 course will meet for 45 minutes every day. Lab work is integral to the understanding of the concepts in this course. The AP Physics 1 Course has been designed by the College Board as a course equivalent to the algebra-based college-level physics class. At the end of the course, students will take the AP Physics 1 Exam, which will test their knowledge of both the concepts taught in the classroom and their use of the correct formulas.

    The content for the course is based on six big ideas:

    Big Idea 1 – Objects and systems have properties such as mass and charge. Systems may have internal structure.

    Big Idea 2 – Fields existing in space can be used to explain interactions.

    Big Idea 3 – The interactions of an object with other objects can be described by forces.

    Big Idea 4 – Interactions between systems can result in changes in those systems.

    Big Idea 5 – Changes that occur as a result of interactions are constrained by conservation laws.

    Big Idea 6 – Waves can transfer energy and momentum from one location to another without the permanent transfer of mass and serve as a mathematical model for the description of other phenomena.

    Evaluation: Students will get grades on homework, quizzes, laboratory work, and exams. Exams are typically wortharound 100 points and will consist of questions similar to ones students will see on the AP Exam. Homework assignments and quizzes will consist of problems from the textbook, supplements, and old AP Exams. Laboratory work is a combination of traditional college level labs and student centered activities which are and inquiry based.

    Grades will be determined by taking the number of points a student has earned and dividing it by the total number of points that the student could have achieved. This decimal is multiplied by 100,to convert to a percentage and that will be the student’s grade.

    Topics Covered:

    1.     Kinematics (Big Idea 3)

    a. Vectors/Scalars

    b. One Dimensional Motion (including graphing position, velocity, and acceleration)

                c. Two Dimensional Motion

    2. Dynamics (Big Ideas 1, 2, 3, and 4)

    a. Newton’s Laws of Motion and Forces

    3. Universal Law of Gravitation (Big Ideas 1, 2, 3, and 4)

     a. Circular Motion

    4. Simple Harmonic Motion (Big Ideas 3 and 5)

    a. Simple Pendulums

    b. Mass-Spring Oscillators

    5. Momentum (Big Ideas 3, 4, and 5)

    a. Impulse and Momentum

    b. The Law of Conservation of Momentum

    6. Energy (Big Ideas 3, 4, and 5)

    a. Work

    b. Energy

    c. Conservation of Energy

    d. Power

    7. Rotation (Big Ideas 3, 4, and 5)

    a. Rotational Kinematics

    b. Rotational Energy

    c. Torque and Rotational Dynamics

    d. Angular Momentum

    e. Conservation of Angular Momentum


    Laboratory Activities:

    Approximately twenty five percent of the course will be lab work. Labs may take several in-class days to finish, and students may have to do work outside of class as well.


    Students are expected to keep a lab notebook where they will maintain a record of their laboratory work. Lab reports will consist of the following components:  

        - Title

        - Objective/Problem

        - Design (if applicable):If the lab has no set procedure, what is to be done? Why              are you doing it this way?

        - Data: All data gathered in the lab will go here

        - Calculations/Graphs: Calculations are done here. Any graphs that need to be made go here.

        - Conclusion: Data analysis occurs here, and a statement can be made about what was learned in the lab. Error analysis also occurs here. Evaluation of the lab occurs here as well. 




    IB Physics

    Course Description:

    Physics is considered the most fundamental experimental science as it seeks to explain the universe itself from the smallest particles (quarks) to the vast distance between galaxies. This course uses scientific processes to explore the topics of measurement, mechanics, heat, waves, electricity and magnetism,circular motion, atomic and nuclear physics. 



    Topic 1: Physics and physical measurement 5

    1.1 Measurements in physics

    1.2 Uncertainties  and errors

    1.3 Vectors and scalars

    Topic 2 : Mechanics 22

    2.1 Motion

    2.2 Forces

    2.3 Work, energy and power

    2.4 Momentum and Impulse

    Topic 3 : Thermal physics 11

    3.1 Thermal concepts

    3.2 Modeling a gas

    Topic 4: Waves 15

    4.1 Oscillations

    4.2 Traveling Waves

    4.3 Wave characteristics

    4.4 Wave behaviour

    4.5 Standing waves

    Topic 5: Electricity and Magnetism 15

    5.1 Electric fields

    5.2 Heating effect of electric currents

    5.3 Electric cells

    5.4 Electric effects of electric currents

    Topic 6: Circular motion and gravitation 5

    6.1 Circular motion

    6.2 Newton’s Law of gravitation

    Topic 7: Atomic, nuclear and particle physics 14

    7.1 Discrete energy and radioactivity

    7.2 Nuclear reactions

    7.3 The structure of matter

    Topic 8: Energy production14

    8.1 Energy sources

    8.2 Thermal energy transfer


    OPTIONS We will do the following area

    B:Engineering physics

    B.1 Rigid bodies and rotational dynamics




Last Modified on August 17, 2021