ILO Course Description: Physics

Physics

- Subject: Science
- Audience: High School
- Credits: 1 (.5 per segment)
- Prerequisites: Algebra 1 recommended, but not required
- SCED: 03151 G

This course uses models, hands-on labs, simulations, discussion and reflection to help students gain an understanding of basic concepts of waves, electricity and magnetism, motion, force, momentum, energy and gravity.

Iowa Core Physical Sciences, including waves, electricity and magnetism, motion, force, momentum, energy, and gravity.

Physics is a course strongly suggested by the Regents Universities for admission to college, as well as for STEM-related careers. Iowa Core Physical Science standards are required of ALL Iowa students.

The course content is online. Students will use online simulations or equivalent apps as part of this course. Hands-on labs require household materials, including string, tape, styrofoam cups, balls, sand, washers, glass baking dish, kitchen materials, measuring utensils, and general school supplies including protractor and scientific calculator. Schools will need to provide access to a stopwatch and simple lab equipment such as graduated cylinders, meter sticks, thermometers and protractor.

This course uses ExploreLearning Gizmos interactive simulations. Gizmos are now accessible on Chromebooks, Macs, PCs and other mobile devices, like iPads, via a web browser. Visit the system test page to check your current installation(s). ILO provides students with an account and access to the site with no additional fee to the school.

View a list of required materials and technology for all ILO online courses.

Iowa Learning Online operates on a semester model, offering enrollments for Fall, Spring and Summer. Students must be enrolled each semester for the appropriate segment of the course they wish to take.

Module 1

- Introduction to Graphing
- Graphing Techniques
- Graphing Data
- Exploring Graph Line Shapes
- Graphs and Equations
- Analyzing Graphs
- Measurement
- Vernier Caliper

Module 2

- Speed
- Problem-Solving Methods
- Motion Graphics
- World in Motion
- Scalar and Vector Quantities
- Manipulating Equations
- Velocity
- Linear Motion
- Acceleration

Module 3

- Newton’s First Law
- Paul Hewitt’s Concept Development
- Newton’s Second Law
- Newton’s Third Law
- Particle Accelerator
- Fundamental Forces
- Mass and Weight
- Universal Gravitation and Coulomb’s Law
- Force Diagram
- Uniform Circular Motion

Module 1

- Introduction to Graphing
- Graphing Techniques
- Graphing Data
- Exploring Graph Line Shapes
- Graphs and Equations
- Analyzing Graphs
- Measurement
- Vernier Caliper

Module 4

- Measuring Temperature
- Absolute Zero
- Introduction to Heat
- Thermal Energy
- KE & GPE
- Work and Power
- Mechanical Energy
- Hooke’s Law

Module 5

- Conductors
- Circuit Builders
- Bulb Basics
- Electric Fields and Forces
- Wanda Wire and the Compass
- Capacitor Basics
- Chandra Charge
- Schematic School
- Air Resistance
- DC Circuits
- Series and Parallel Circuits
- Lorenzo Light Bulbs

Module 6

- Simple Harmonic Motion
- Sand Pendulum
- Introduction to Waves
- Tsunamis
- Introduction to Ray Diagram Vocabulary and Variable
- Ray Tracing Steps for Convex Lenses and Concave Mirrors
- The Lens and Mirror Equation
- Refraction
- Snell’s Law
- Wave Diffraction and Interference
- Wave Phenomena