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Physics I Honors

Subject: Science

Course Description:

We stand on the shoulders of giants. Whether by observation, experimentation or brilliant insight, the progress of physics through the centuries has been advanced by scientific geniuses who wanted to know how things work. You’ll find out for yourself when you take this course and visit “Physics World.”

In each “Physics World” module, you’ll discover the contributions of geniuses like Galileo, Newton and Einstein. In their work, you’ll learn the concepts, theories and laws that govern the interaction of matter, energy and forces. From tiny atoms to galaxies with millions of stars, the universal laws of physics are there for you to observe and apply. Using laboratory activities, videos, software, and websites, you’ll follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest thinkers.

This is a serious course that will make you think. It will also make you appreciate the beauty and importance of the science that governs our lives.

Major Topics:

Segment 1:

  • Learning Styles
  • Plagiarism, Libel, Slander Theory vs. law, science vs. pseudoscience Measurement Techniques Graphing Data using Graphical Analysis Experimental Techniques Lab Design Average and Instantaneous Speed Problem-Solving Methods Vector and Scalar Quantities Equation Manipulation Averge Velocity Average Acceleration Freefall Mechanical Universe video - The Law of Falling Bodies Newton's Laws Mechanical Universe video - The Fundamental Forces Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation Coulomb's Law Mass and Weight Mechanical Universe video - The Apple and the Moon Free-body Diagrams Uniform Circular Motion Angular Momentum Projectile Motion

Segment 2:

  • Temperature and Heat
  • Conservation of Thermal Energy Kinetic and Potential Energy Work and Power Conductors and Insulators MUHSA Electrical Fields and Forces Simple Circuits Components Charge Motion MUHSA Simple DC Circuits Capacitors Schematic Diagrams Series Circuits Parallel Circuits Simple Harmonic Motion Pendulum Equation Wave Components Mechanical Universe video - Waves Wave Equation Ray Diagrams Refraction Lenses Lens Equation Snell's Law Atomic Theory Elements of Physics: Matter - Atoms and Molecules Fundamental Particles Duality of Light Photoelectric Effect Strong Nuclear Force Radioactivity Nuclear Fission and Nuclear Fusion Special Relativity Cosmology Course Assessment and Participation Requirements

Participation Requirements:

Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, INVS guides students to reflect on their learning and to evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, writing assignments, projects, research papers, essays, labs, oral assessments, and discussions. Instructors evaluate progress and provide interventions through the variety of assessments built into a course, as well as through contact with the student in other venues.

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Course Details

  • Course Code: 2003380
  • Course Credits: 2.0

Algebra I; Algebra II recommended.

Estimated Completion:
2 segments / 32-36 weeks