Physics I Curriculum at a Glance

This course focuses on the relationship between force, motion, and energy.  It is divided into 5 units of study – “Kinematics,” “Dynamics,” “Conservation of Energy and Momentum,” and “Static Equilibrium.”   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 – Kinematics

• Use correct units when measuring various quantities
• Make accurate and precise measures and carryout calculations with significant figures
• Use dimensional analysis
• Graph position, velocity, and acceleration vs. time
• Use kinematic equations to solve motion problems
• Add vectors graphically and algebraically
• Distinguish vector from scalar quantities

2nd  Quarter – Dynamics

• Define force
• State and use Newton’s 1st and 2nd laws of motion
• Draw free body diagrams to analyze forces
• Add forces and calculate net force
• Describe the path of a projectile
• Recognize the independence of vertical and horizontal motion
• Explain the acceleration of an object moving in a circle

3rd Quarter – Conservation of Energy and Momentum

• Describe and calculate work done
• Relate work to the change in energy of an object
• Define negative and positive work to changes in energy
• Recognize that energy is conserved, but changes form
• Use Newton’s 3rd law and conservation of energy to predict the outcomes of interactions between objects

4th Quarter – Angular Dynamics and Statics

• Describe rotational motion
• Describe torque
• Calculate torque and apply Newton’s laws to rotational motion
• Apply Laws of motion and conservation to angular motion
• Identify a system in static equilibrium
• Calculate the conditions of translational and rotational equilibrium