Curriculum Overview Subject: Science Course: Physics (244) Grade Level: 12




Essential Activities/Agreements


Students Will:


·         learn about motion and forces through Newton’s laws

·         study the difference between vector and scalar quantities and learn how to solve problems involving these quantities

·         learn about the conservation of energy and momentum and how these are applied to everyday situations

·         learn about heat and how thermal energy is transferred throughout the different phases of matter

·         gain knowledge about the electromagnetic spectrum in terms of wavelength and energy.

·         gain a better understanding of electric current, voltage, and resistance


1.        Introduction to Physics and Measurement

2.        Kinematics: Analysis of Motion in a Straight Line

3.        Introduction  to Vectors and Kinematic Equations

4.        Vectors, Forces and Relative Motion

5.        Empirical Forces and Newton’s Laws

6.        Projectile Motion  and Universal Gravitation

7.        Circular and Simple Harmonic Motions

8.        Energy and Momentum

9.        Waves, Light, and Optics

10.     Introduction to Electromagnetic Phenomena

Students will:


·         Demonstrate understanding of measurement, including error and uncertainty.

·         Demonstrate problem solving strategies.

·         Perform unit conversions.

·         Identify and use proportionality relationships.

·         Draw and interpret scale diagrams, maps, and graphs

·         Use a computer for collection, analysis of data, and modeling.

·         Make inferences from observations.

·         Demonstrate experimental design.

·         Use graphs to describe position, velocity and acceleration in one and two dimensions

·         Use equations of motion for one and two dimensions

·         Perform a mathematical analysis of free fall and projectile motion

·         Identify forces that act in common situations

·         Interpret Newton’s Laws

·         Add and subtract vector quantities

·         Create and interpret free body diagrams

·         Calculate circular motion quantities and describe motion of orbit

·         Use energy and momentum ideas in problem solving

·         Investigate the electromagnetic spectrum

·         Investigate the nature of charge and electrostatics

Common Laboratory Experiments:


·         Analyzing Experimental Data

·         Pendulum Motion

·         Sonic Ranger Activity

·         Computer Analysis of Motion

·         Analyzing Curve Shaped Graphs

·         Orienteering Lab Practical

·         Vector Lab

·         Hooke’s Law Lab

·         Friction Lab

·         Constructing Free-Body Diagrams

·         Inertia Lab

·         Virtual Projectiles Computer Simulation

·         Circular Motion Lab,

·         Torque Lab Impact Crater Lab

·         Conservation of Energy

·         Horsepower Activity

·         Analysis of a Bouncing Bug Activity

·         Collision Analysis Lab

·         Rotation of Solids Lab

·         Reflection Lab Practical

·         Refraction Lab Practical

·         CASTLE Lab Series



Other Activities:

1.        Frequent Formative Assessment

2.        Common Midterm and Final Exams

3.        Periodic Notebook Checks

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