# AHS Physics Syllabus

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```					                                     AHS Physics
Mr. Kenny Schweitzer
kennys@wcs.k12.va.us
http://www.quia.com/pages/ahsphysics.html

Course Description:

Physics emphasizes a more complex understanding of experimentation, the analysis of data, and the use of
reasoning and logic to evaluate evidence. The use of mathematics, including algebra, inferential statistics,
and trigonometry, is important, but conceptual understanding of physical systems remains a primary
concern. Students build on basic physical science principles by exploring in depth the nature and
characteristics of energy and its dynamic interaction with matter. Key areas covered in the course include
force and motion, kinetic molecular theory, energy transformations, wave phenomena and the
electromagnetic spectrum, light, electricity fields, and non-Newtonian physics. Emphasis is placed on the
practical application of physics in other areas of science and technology and how physics affects our world.

Text:

Physics Principles and Problems

Materials Needed:

3 ring binder or notebook
Pencils (no ink pens on tests, quizzes, or homework)

Class Rules

1.   Be in class before the bell rings
2.   Always come with needed materials
3.   Food and drink are prohibited (except bottled water)
4.   Cell phones are for outside of school

Consequences:

1st offense -Warning
3rd offense - Discretion of the administration
All following offenses – Discretion of the administration
Violence, Destruction, or Harassment – immediately to the administration

Course Requirements:
Three Exams per Six Weeks (100 points each)
Two Formal Lab Reports per Six Weeks (100 points each)
Quizzes (25 points each)
Lab Problems (25 points each)
Homework (25 points each)

Grades will be assigned according to the scale:

A    93 - 100
B    86 - 92
C    77 - 85
D    70 - 76

Course Outline
INTRODUCTION
Unit 1: Math and Data Review – Chapter 1 (2 weeks)
A. Algebra review
B. Data collection and analysis
1. Graphical methods
2. Algebraic methods

I. NEWTONIAN MECHANICS
Unit 2: One Dimension Kinematics (2 weeks)
A. Motion in One Dimension
1. Position-time and velocity-time graphs – Chapter 2
2. Equations of motion under constant acceleration – Chapter 3
Unit 3: Newton’s Laws – Chapters 4 and 5 (2 weeks)
A. Dynamics of a Single Body (Second Law)
B. Systems of Two or More Bodies (Third Law)
C. Applications
1. Inclined planes
2. Static and kinetic friction
Unit 4: Two Dimension Kinematics (3 weeks)
A. Motion in Two Dimensions – Chapter 6
1. Projectiles
2. Circular motion
B. Gravitation – Chapter 7
1. Planetary motion
C. Static Equilibrium – Chapter 8
1. First Condition – translational equilibrium
2. Second Condition – rotational equilibrium (torque)
Unit 5: Work, Energy, Power (4 weeks)
A. Work and Work-Kinetic Energy Theorem – Chapter 10
B. Conservative Forces and Potential Energy
1. Gravity
2. Springs
C. Conservation of Mechanical Energy – Chapter 11
D. Power

Unit 6: Momentum – Chapter 9 (1.5 weeks)
A. Momentum
1. Impulse-Momentum Theorem
2. Conservation of Linear Momentum and Collisions
a. Inelastic, completely inelastic and perfectly elastic collisions
b. Two-dimensional collisions
3. Conservation of Angular Momentum (for a point mass)
II. FLUIDS MECHANICS & THERMAL PHYSICS
Unit 7: Fluid Mechanics – Chapter 13 (2 weeks)
A. Density and pressure
1. Density and specific gravity
2. Pressure as a function of depth
3. Pascal’s Law
B. Buoyancy – Archimedes’ Principle
C. Fluid flow continuity
D. Bernoulli's equation
E. Applications
1. Hydraulics
2. Effects of atmosphere on weather, baseballs, etc.
3. Flotation and SCUBA
4. Flight
5. Plumbing

III. WAVES & OPTICS
Unit 8: Wave motion and Sound – Chapters 14 and 15 (3.5 weeks)
A. Simple Harmonic Motion
1. Springs and Pendulums
2. Energies of SHM
B. Description and characteristics of waves
C. Standing waves and harmonics
a. Waves on a string
b. Waves in a tube (open and closed)
D. The Doppler Effect (in one dimension)
E. Sound intensity, power and relative sound intensity
F. Musical applications
Unit 9: Optics (3.5 weeks)
A. Geometric Optics
1. Reflection, Refraction and Snell’s Law – Chapters 17 and 18
a. Reflection and refraction at a plane surface
b. Total internal reflection
2. Images formed by mirrors
3. Images formed by lenses
4. Ray Diagrams and the thin lens/mirror equation
B. Physical Optics – Chapter 19
1. The electromagnetic spectrum
2. Interference and path difference
3. Interference effects
a. Single slit
b. Double slit
c. Diffraction grating
d. Thin film

III. ELECTRICITY & MAGNETISM [
Unit 10: Electrostatics – Chapters 20 and 21 (2.5 weeks)
A. Coulomb’s Law
B. Electric Fields and Gauss’ Law
C. Electric Potential Energy and Electric Potential
E. Capacitance
1. Graphical description of capacitance (charge vs. voltage)
a. slope – capacitance
b. area – energy stored
2. Capacitors in series and parallel
D. Applications
1. Point charge distributions
2. Parallel plates
3. Cathode ray tubes
4. Millikan Oil Drop Experiment
5. Condensers, uninterruptible power supplies, tone controls
Unit 11: Current Electricity – Chapters 22 and 23 (3 weeks)
C. Electric Circuits
1. Emf, Current, Resistance and Power
2. DC circuits
a. Series and parallel circuits
b. Batteries and internal resistance
c. Ohm’s Law and Kirchhoff’s rules
d. Voltmeters and ammeters
e. Capacitors in circuits (RC circuits)
3. Applications
Unit 12: Electromagnetism – Chapters 25 and 26 (2 weeks)
D. Magnetostatics
1. Force of a magnetic field on a moving charge
2. Force of a magnetic field on a current carrying wire
3. Torque on a current carrying loop
4. Magnetic fields due to straight and coiled wires
E. Electromagnetic Induction
1. Magnetic flux
2. Faraday’s Law and Lenz’s Law
F. Applications
1. Mass spectrometers
2. Motors
3. Generators
4. Particle colliders

V. ATOMIC & NUCLEAR PHYSICS
Unit 13: Modern Physics – Chapters 28-30 (3 weeks)
A. Atomic Physics and Quantum Effects
1. Photons and the Photoelectric effect
2. X-ray production
3. Electron energy levels
4. Compton scattering
5. Wave nature of matter
B. Nuclear Physics
1. Atomic mass, mass number, atomic number
2. Mass defect and nuclear binding energy
3. Nuclear processes
a. modes of radioactive decay (α, β, γ)
b. fission
c. fusion
4. Mass-Energy Equivalence and Conservation of Mass and Energy
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