# Engineering Fundamentals Curriculum Map

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```					                           Honor’s Engineering Physics and
Engineering Fundamentals Syllabus
North Point High School,
2500 Davis Rd., Waldorf, MD 20603
2009 - 2010
Instructor: Cheryl Swartzwelder

The content for each month is outlined on the following pages. Included with the
monthly content outline are the skills specific for that particular content area. In addition
to these specific content skills, the following skills will be exhibited and emphasized
throughout the entire course.

Skills that will be exhibited throughout the course
Students will demonstrate the ability to:
Compile and analyze scientific data gathered during experimentation
Safely use and correctly read a variety of scientific instrumentation
Independently design and set up laboratory experiments and projects
Apply mathematical analysis to experimental and theoretical problems
Participate effectively as a team member
Communicate using technical writing and oral presentations
Use algebra and trigonometry to solve mathematical expressions for an unknown
Analyze experimental procedures to isolate possible problems

The assessment tools that will be utilized throughout the course are:
Chapter and unit tests and quizzes
Written laboratory reports
Laboratory performance
Team participation in challenge projects
Oral presentation of projects
Written patent application reports of challenge projects
Outline of content and skills
September
Content:
Measurement in physics
use of significant figures
uncertainty in measurement
Experimental design
variables, controls
data collection and recording
Linear motion
Skills:
Make measurements in SI and English units
Use graphs to analyze motion
Analyze graphs for mathematical relationships between the experimental
variables

October
Content:
Continuation of motion
accelerated motion
free-fall motion
Vector addition
Skills
Construct scale diagrams
Use computer graphical motion programs to gather data
Represent motion as a displacement-time graph and velocity-time graph
Add vectors, using both diagrams and mathematical methods

November
Content:
Projectile motion
one dimension and two dimension
Changes in motion
Skills:
Analyze motion, using the components of velocity
Predict the range and maximum height of projectiles launched at any angle with
any initial velocity

December
Content:
Newton’s Laws of Motion
Forces - contact, gravitational, friction
Work
Energy, kinetic and potential
Skills:
Draw free-body diagrams to isolate forces acting on an object
Analyze the effect of forces on motion
Relate work and energy
Apply conservation of energy in a variety of situation to calculate results of
physical interactions

January
Content:
Momentum
Collision, elastic and inelastic
Circular motion
centripetal force
rotational kinetic energy
Torque
Skills:
Identify real and fictitious forces
Apply the conservation of momentum to calculate the results of physical
interactions between objects, in elastic and inelastic collisions

February
Content:
Electrical circuits
voltage
current
resistance
capacitance
Magnetism
Electromagnetic induction
Skills:
Draw electrical schematics
Construct electrical circuits
Use electrical meters to measure voltage, current and resistance
Troubleshoot electrical circuits
Use Ohm’s and Kirchoff’s laws to analyze circuit diagrams

March
Content:
Fluids
buoyant force
pressure
Bernoulli’s principle
Heat
temperature
change of state
laws of thermodynamics

Skills:
Describe the exchange of heat in a system
Relate the structure of matter to properties of different phases of matter
Measure pressure in a fluid system

April
Content:
Waves and their characteristics
reflection, refraction, diffraction, interference
Sound
Electromagnetic radiation and light
Skills:
Identify waves by their characteristics
Predict the results of wave interactions
Relate the properties of light to its dual nature
Measure the frequency of sound waves using an oscilloscope

May and June
Content:
Optics
Nuclear and particle physics

Skills:
Measure the focal length of mirrors and lenses
Apply optical equations to design optical systems
Identify practical uses for curved mirrors and lenses
Evaluate the benefits and risks of nuclear energy
Apply the properties of radioactive decay to half-life and radioactive dating
Develop an appreciation for the unanswered questions of physics

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