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Physics: Force and Motion Course Outline

Unit 1: Physics and Measurements

• Scientific Notation
• Factor label conversion
• Measures of uncertainty
• Arithmetic with significant digits
• Scientific units

Unit 2: Graphing

• Graphing data
• Fitting and linear and nonlinear curves to data
• Regression statistics and interpreting R2

Unit 3: Vectors

• Graphing vectors
• Vector trigonometry

Unit 4: Kinematics

• Describing position, velocity, and acceleration
• Graphs of position and velocity
• Equations of constant velocity
• Equations of constant acceleration

Unit 5: Gravity

• Describing the motion of falling bodies
• Projectile motion in two dimensions

Unit 6: Forces and Motion

• Newton’s Three Laws of Motion
• Friction and acceleration
• Forces and motion in two dimensions
• Interaction forces between connected bodies
• Centripetal acceleration
• Weight in circular motion: Roller Coasters

Unit 7: The Motion of the Heavens

• Copernicus and Kepler
• Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation
• Orbital Mechanics
• Gravitational fields and Lagrange Points
• Newton and Einstein: The Equivalence Principle

Unit 8: Momentum and Energy

• Calculating momentum
• The Law of Conservation of Momentum in 1- and 2-dimensions
• Kinetic energy and potential energy
• The Law of Conservation of Energy
• The Concept of Power and Work
• Calculating efficiency and mechanical advantage of machines

Unit 9: Simple Harmonic Motion

• Harmonic oscillators
• Energy of harmonic systems

Unit 10: Rotational Motion and Forces

• Rotational Kinematics
• Angular Acceleration
• Torque
• Conservation of Angular Momentum

Unit 11: The Physics of Fluids

• The fluidic state
• Calculating pressure
• Fluids in motion: Pascal’s Principle
• Bernoulli’s Principle
• Buoyancy for boats and balloons
• Surface tension

Unit 12: Physics in the 20th Century

• Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity
• Time dilation and the Twin Paradox
• Black holes and Curved Spacetime

Labs

Lab list subject to change based on material, equipment availability, and time constraints

Lab 1: Pendulum Motion (Virtual Lab)

Deriving the Pendulum Equation

Lab 2: Constant Velocity and Acceleration

Can you run with constant acceleration?

Lab 3: Projectile Motion

Determine the initial velocity and height of a projectile rocket launched vertically

Lab 4: Projectile Motion Competition

Predict the range and position of a projectile rocket launched at an angle

Lab 5: Loop the Loop

Estimate potential energy and friction from a roller coaster track

Measure the mechanical advantage of simple machines

Lab 7: Force of Buoyancy

Measure the force of buoyancy of a floating object

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