Course Overview
The course focuses on the interconnections between the various strands and units contained in the course syllabus and how each contributes to the “Big Ideas” that provide a core foundation for this science course. Problemsolving techniques and strategies are finetuned throughout the year, and students are continually tasked with connecting physics applications learned in different units in order to synthesize solutions to complex problems.
The course textbook was specifically chosen due to its focus on key underlying principles and modeling of physical phenomena in a manner similar to the “Big Ideas”.
Students have the opportunity to meet the learning objectives in a variety of ways and to apply their knowledge to realworld experiences and societal issues. Instructional time involves a variety of studentcentered activities. Students have the opportunity to work cooperatively to solve challenging problems and to present their solutions to the class. Throughout the year connections to the world are explored in discussions, group projects, and class demonstrations. Laboratory work, described below, offers frequent opportunities to work cooperatively, explore ideas, and present information. Outside of class students read the assigned text and complete homework assignments that support and reinforce each lesson as well as what has been learned in the laboratory setting. Unit exams take place at the end of each block of instruction. Students also attend tutorial sessions where they can receive individual assistance from the instructor and work with their peers.
Laboratory work:
Students spend 25% of the instructional time engaged in laboratory work. Experiments designed by the instructor are used to demonstrate procedural guidelines and to learn how to use specific laboratory equipment. The majority of labs are inquiry based where students are given an objective and a set of materials. They are tasked with designing a procedure and collecting data to determine specific quantities, determine the relationship between variables, and/or to derive fundamental physics equations. Laboratory design, experimentation, data gathering, data presentation, analysis, drawing conclusions, and experimental error analysis are elements in these lab activities.
Laboratory work is recorded in a laboratory notebook, and students will have opportunities to present their laboratory work to their peers. All aspects of the laboratory work including any prelab work, question/hypothesis, experimental procedure, data, analysis, graphs, conclusion, and error analysis will be recorded. Additional information as indicated in the following pages will also be included in the lab notebook. At the end of completing the lab work for the investigations that are labeled “Guided Inquiry,” the students will present their method, data, and conclusions on whiteboards. The class will then engage in peer critique of each group’s results, and discuss strategies to decrease error and suggest further investigations.
Course Content

Kinematics 0/4

Lecture1.1Measurements in physics

Lecture1.2Uncertainties and errors

Lecture1.3Vectors and scalars

Lecture1.4Motion in One Dimension


Dynamics 0/8

Lecture2.1Forces, Types, and representations

Lecture2.2Newton’s First Law

Lecture2.3Newton’s Second Law

Lecture2.4Newton’s Third Law

Lecture2.5The Gravitational Force

Lecture2.6Applications of Newton’s Second Law

Lecture2.7Friction

Lecture2.8Interacting Objects: ropes and pulleys


Uniform Circular Motion 0/4

Lecture3.1Uniform Circular Motion

Lecture3.2Centripetal Acceleration and Centripetal Force

Lecture3.3Banked Curves

Lecture3.4Satellites in Circular Orbits


Energy, Momentum, SHM 0/13

Lecture4.1Work

Lecture4.2Power

Lecture4.3Kinetic Energy

Lecture4.4Potential Energy: Gravitational and Elastic

Lecture4.5Conservation of energy

Lecture4.6Impulse

Lecture4.7Momentum

Lecture4.8Conservation of momentum

Lecture4.9Elastic and inelastic collisions

Lecture4.10Linear restoring forces and simple harmonic motion

Lecture4.11Simple harmonic motion graphs

Lecture4.12Simple pendulum

Lecture4.13Massspring systems


Rotational Motion 0/7

Lecture5.1Torque

Lecture5.2Center of mass

Lecture5.3Rotational Kinematics

Lecture5.4Rotational Dynamics and Rotational inertia

Lecture5.5Rotational Energy

Lecture5.6Angular Momentum

Lecture5.7Conservation of Angular Momentum


Mechanical Waves 0/6

Lecture6.1Travelling waves

Lecture6.2Wave characteristics

Lecture6.3Sound

Lecture6.4Superposition

Lecture6.5Standing waves on a string

Lecture6.6Standing sound waves


Electrostatics & DC Circuits 0/7

Lecture7.1Electric Charge and conservation of charge

Lecture7.2Electric force: Coulomb’s Law

Lecture7.3Electric Resistance

Lecture7.4Ohm’s Law

Lecture7.5DC circuits

Lecture7.6Series and Parallel connections

Lecture7.7Kirchhoff’s Laws


AP Physics 1 Lab 0/1

Lecture8.1Investigations

Instructor
David is the professor of mathematics education at David School and a former Associate Professor of Physics at JNTU. He served as a teacher of mathematics and Physics in various international schools in Asia and Europe. His research focuses on social and cultural factors as well as educational policies and practices that facilitate mathematics engagement, learning, and performance, especially for underserved students. David School collaborates with teachers, schools, districts, and organizations to promote mathematics excellence and equity for young people.
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