Physics II Curriculum at a Glance

This course moves beyond the mechanics covered in Physics I and explores several new topics.  It is divided into several modules including – “Fluids,” “Simple Harmonic Motion and Waves,” “Heat and Thermodynamics,”  “Static and Current Electricity,” and “Electromagnetism.”   All content will be taught with an emphasis on combining knowledge with critical thinking to ask questions about phenomena and propose explanations based on evidence.  Inquiry activities will be conducted throughout the course on various topics to help students expand their critical thinking skills and develop problem solving techniques.  Students will also be asked to develop and apply their math skills throughout the course as we explore the many relationships between physical quantities.

1st  Quarter – Fluids, Simple Harmonic Motion and Waves

• Describe how pressure varies within a fluid at rest
• Use Pascal’s Law to describe the function of hydraulic systems
• Use Archimedes Principle to calculate buoyant force
• Use Bernoulli’s Equation to calculate pressure differences that occur in moving fluid
• Describe Simple Harmonic Motion
• Use energy principles to predict the paths of oscillating springs or pendulums
• Describe wave interference
• Calculate the energy transmitted by a wave
• Describe resonance on a string and in open and closed tubes
• Use the Doppler Effect to solve problems

2nd  Quarter –Heat and Thermodynamics

• Relate temperature to the kinetic energy of particles
• Calculate the heat gained or lost by a sample as it changes temperature
• Calculate the heat gained or lost by a sample as it changes phase
• Calculate thermal expansion
• Relate thermal energy to mechanical energy
• Describe how heat engines work
• Describe how heat pumps work

3rd Quarter – Static and Current Electricity

• Know the SI unit of charge
• Use Coulomb's Law to calculate the force between charged particles
• Describe the electric field created by various charge distributions
• Understand the role of resistors in current electricity
• Describe voltage and current
• Calculate the energy used by an electrical device
• Use Ohm's law to analyze DC series and parallel circuits
• Use Kirchhoff's Laws to solve DC circuits

4th Quarter – Electromagnetism

• Explain the relationship between charge and magnetic field
• Explain how generators work to produce curretn
• Explain how motors convert electrical energy to mechanical energy
• Explain How Capacitors and Inductors store energy
• Analyze AC Circuits