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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