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Mechanics: Newton’s Laws of Motion, Momentum, Energies, and Gravity
- Describe momentum, kinetic and potential energies, and conservation of energy and momentum.
- Describe how simple machines work in terms of force, distance, and mechanical advantage.
- Explain the universal law of gravitation and its relationship to the force of gravity on Earth and in our solar system.
- Apply Newton’s three laws of motion to objects with position, motion, and forces.
Properties of Matter
- Describe the states and properties of matter.
- Explain the atomic nature of matter including models of the atom.
- Determine the relationship between gases and atmospheric pressure.
- Compare plasma to an ideal gas.
Heat and Thermodynamics
- Distinguish between heat and temperature.
- Explain heat transfer by conduction, convection, radiation, and Newton’s law of cooling.
- Analyze the relationship between changes of phase and transfer of energy.
- Explain the laws of thermodynamics and their practical applications.
- Explain how the properties of materials affect wave propagation.
- Explain reflection, refraction, interference, and diffraction in light waves and their applications.
- Describe the properties and types of waves.
- Explain reflection, refraction, and interference in sound waves and their applications.
Electricity and Magnetism
- Explain the concept of electric charge and potential, and Coulomb’s law.
- Solve series and parallel circuit problems.
- Describe magnetism, magnetic forces and electromagnets.
- Determine the applications of electromagnetic induction.
- Summarize the value of the scientific investigation process through usage of the scientific method.
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