This course is designed to introduce physics at an entry level by examining the principal laws of physics leading to a conceptual understanding of how these principles relate to everyday life. The topics in this course include Newton's laws, properties of matter, heat and thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and waves. Students will apply these principles using practical examples, facilitated discussions, and experiments conducted through a virtual laboratory.
Summarize the value of the scientific investigation process through usage of the scientific method.
Determine the applications of electromagnetic induction.
Describe magnetism, magnetic forces and electromagnets.
Solve series and parallel circuit problems.
Explain the concept of electric charge and potential, and Coulomb’s law.
Explain reflection, refraction, interference, and diffraction in light waves and their applications.
Explain reflection, refraction, and interference in sound waves and their applications.
Explain how the properties of materials affect wave propagation.
Describe the properties and types of waves.
Heat and Thermodynamics
Explain the laws of thermodynamics and their practical applications.
Analyze the relationship between changes of phase and transfer of energy.
Explain heat transfer by conduction, convection, radiation, and Newton’s law of cooling.
Distinguish between heat and temperature.
Properties of Matter
Compare plasma to an ideal gas.
Determine the relationship between gases and atmospheric pressure.
Describe the states and properties of matter.
Explain the atomic nature of matter including models of the atom.
Mechanics: Newton’s Laws of Motion, Momentum, Energies, and Gravity
Explain the universal law of gravitation and its relationship to the force of gravity on Earth and in our solar system.
Describe how simple machines work in terms of force, distance, and mechanical advantage.
Describe momentum, kinetic and potential energies, and conservation of energy and momentum.
Apply Newton’s three laws of motion to objects with position, motion, and forces.
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