FIRST QUARTER SYLLABUS

Honors Physics
Course Overview
The Honors Physics course is an algebra-based college preparatory course. It is designed to give students a solid understanding of the fundamental concepts of Physics. Emphasis will be placed on conceptual understanding, developing problems solving skills, and performing laboratory activities using the scientific method.



Teaching Strategies
The course will cover selected topics from 20 Units with a test at the completion of each unit. At the end of the course, students should be able to…
1 Explain the basic laws and principles associated with each Physics concept.
2 Use these concepts to solve a variety of problems
3 Set up and perform laboratory activities.
4 Enroll in AP Physics.



Textbooks
Primary textbook:
Zitzewitz, P (2005). Physics Principles with Problems, McGraw Hill Companies, OH: ISBN 0-07-845813-7


Evaluation
Class work 40% Homework 20% Assessments 40%
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Course Outline

Introduction Unit 1: Orientation - 1 day
A. Orientation
- Syllabus
- Classroom procedures
- Rules
- Materials (Free Homework pass)
- Math evaluation
- Reading evaluation.


Unit 1: A Mathematical Toolkit - 1 week
  • Mathematics and Physics
  • Measurement
  • Graphing Data

Unit 2: Describing Motion - 1 week
  • Picturing Motion - 2.1
  • Where and When – 2.2
  • Position-Time Graphs – 2.3
  • How Fast? – 2.4


Unit 3: Kinematics (4 days) – 2 week

  • Accelerated motion 3.1
  • Motion with constant acceleration - 3.2
  • Free Fall – 3.3


Unit 4: FORCES IN ONE DIMENSION – 1 week


  • Force and Motion – 4.1
  • Using Newton’s laws – 4.2
  • Interaction forces – 4.3


Unit 5: Forces in Two Dimensions – 1 week
  • Vectors – 5.1
  • Friction – 5.2
  • Forces and Motion in two dimensions – 5.3

Lab: Forces in Two Dimensions

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