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    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, AP Physics 2, IB Physics & 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. With the alternating schedule and 35 minute classes to start the 1st semester, much of the material will need to be learned out of the classroom. Labs will be different because Traditional AP labs cannot be done in 35 minutes with partner standing 6 ft apart.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 50 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

    8. Electrostatics (Big Ideas 1, 3, and 5)

    a. Electric Charge

    b. The Law of Conservation of Electric Charge

    c. Electrostatic Forces

    9. Circuits (Big Ideas 1 and 5)

    a. Ohm’s Law

    b. Kirchhoff’s Laws

    c. Simple DC Circuits

    10. Mechanical Waves and Sound (Big Idea 6)

    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. 


    AP® Physics 2 Course Description

    AP Physics 2 is equivalent to most college-level introductory physics courses with a focus on the following topics: fluid statics and dynamics, thermodynamics, PV diagrams and probability, electrostatics, electrical circuits with capacitors, magnetic fields, electromagnetism, physical and geometric optics, and other topics in modern physics. AP Physics 1 should be taken before this course, which covers traditional mechanics and other important introductory topics.

    Emphasis will be placed on understanding physical science literacy and applying physics concepts to think critically and solve problems. Algebra and trigonometry are the primary mathematical tools for problem solving. Science literacy is the process of both knowing physics and doing physics. Hands-on laboratory and the scientific notebook will be emphasized. This course will prepare the student for the AP exam in May. This class is scheduled for 90 minutes every other day from the end of August until the end of May.


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


    Physics Outline of Units with Timelines

    * Notations are the links to the AP Physics 2 Enduring Understandings


    I. Introduction - weeks 1-2

    Big Ideas: 3 and 5

    * 3.A, 3.B, and 5.D

    A. Review of physical quantities (chapter 1)

    B. Algebra and trigonometry review

    C. Newton’s biggest hits (review of important Physics 1 topics)


    II. Fluid Mechanics (chapter 15) - weeks 3-4

    Big Ideas: 1, 3, and 5  

    *1.E, 3.C, 5.B, and 5.F

    A. Density and Pressure

    1. Density and specific gravity

    2. Pressure as a function of depth

    3. Pascal’s principle

    B. Buoyancy

    1. Buoyant force

    2. Archimedes’ principle

    C. Fluid flow continuity

    D. Bernoulli’s Equation


    III. Thermal Physics (chapters 16, 17, and 18) - weeks 5-9

    Big Ideas: 1, 4, 5, and 7  *1.E, 4.D, 4.E, 5.B, 7.A, and 7.B

    A. Temperature and Heat

    1. Mechanical equivalent of heat

    2. Heat transfer and thermal expansion

    B. Kinetic Theory

    1. Ideal gases

    2. Gas laws

    C. Thermodynamics

    1. Thermodynamic processes

    a. Adiabatic

    b. Isothermal

    c. Isobaric

    d. Isochoric

    e. Cyclic

    2. pV diagrams

    a. Determining work done

    b. Interpreting graphs

    3. First Law of Thermodynamics

    a. Internal energy

    b. Energy conservation

    4. Second Law of Thermodynamics

    a. Entropy

    b. Heat engines

    c. Carnot cycle


    IV. Electricity (chapters 19, 20, and 21) - weeks 10-14

    Big Ideas: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5  *1.E, 2.A, 2.C, 2.D, 2.E, 3.A, 3.C, 3.G, 4.E, 5.B, and 5.C

    A. Electrostatics

    1. Coulomb’s Law

    2. Electric Field

    a. Force on a test charge

    b. Field diagrams

    c. Motion of particle in an E field

    3. Electric Potential

    a. Due to a group of charges

    b. Potential difference

    c. Work on a charge

    d. Between parallel plates

    4. Electrostatics with Conductors

    a. Absence of E field in conductor

    b. Equipotential

    c. Charging by induction

    B. Capacitors

    1. Capacitance

    2. Energy and charge stored

    3. Parallel plates

    C. Electric Current

    1. Definition of direction of current

    2. Ohm’s Law

    3. Resistance and Resistivity

    4. Power

    D. DC Circuits

    1. Schematic diagrams/Kirchhoff’s Laws

    2. Resistors

    a. In series

    b. In parallel

    3. Capacitors

    a. In series

    b. In parallel

    4. Terminal voltage and internal resistance

    5. Steady-state RC circuits


    V. Magnetism (chapters 22 and 23) - weeks 15-16

    Big Ideas: 2, 3, and 4 [CR2e] *1.E, 2.A, 2.B, 2.E, 3.G, 4.E, and 5.B

    A. Magnetostatics

    1. Magnetic field

    2. Forces on moving charges

    3. Forces on a current-carrying wire

    4. Magnetic field of current-carrying wires

    B. Electromagnetism

    1. Magnetic flux

    2. Faraday’s Law and Lenz’s Law

    3. Induced emf and induced current


    VI. Optics (chapters 25, 26, 27, and 28) - weeks 17- 22

    Big Idea 6 *1.D, 5.D, 6.A, 6.B, 6.C, 6.D, 6.E, 6.F, and 6.G

    A. Physical Optics

    1. The electromagnetic spectrum

    2. Interference

    a. Two-source interference

    3. Diffraction

    a. Diffraction grating

    4. Thin films

    B. Geometric Optics

    1. Reflection and refraction

    a. Snell’s Law

    b. Total internal reflection

    2. Images formed by mirrors

    a. Ray diagrams

    b. Thin lens/mirror equation

    3. Images formed by lenses

    a. Ray diagrams

    b. Thin lens/mirror equation

    VII. Atomic and Nuclear Physics (chapters 30, 31, and 32) - weeks 25 – 28

    Big Ideas: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7

     * 1.A, 1.B, 1.C, 1.D, 3.G, 4.C, 5.B, 5.D, 5.G, and 7.C

    A. Atomic Physics and Quantum Effects

    1. Discovery of the Electron and Atomic Nucleus

    a. Cathode ray tube

    b. Millikin’s Oil Drop Experiment

    c. Rutherford scattering

    2. Photons and the Photoelectric Effect

    a. Energy of a photon

    b. Intensity and number of photons

    c. Stopping potential

    3. Bohr Model

    a. Energy levels

    b. Emission and absorption spectra

    c. Transition between energy levels

    4. DeBroglie Wavelength

    a. Wavelength of Particles

    5. Production of X-rays

    6. Compton Scattering

    B. Nuclear Physics

    1. Atomic number, mass number, and atomic mass

    2. Nuclear processes

    a. Radioactive decay (alpha, beta, and gamma)

    b. Fusion

    c. Fission

    3. Mass-Energy equivalence

    VIII. Modern Physics and Review for AP Exams - weeks 29-32 


    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




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