Integrated Physics & Chemistry A

Course Description

Uses the ASKME® model to integrate the disciplines of Physics and Chemistry at the introductory level. Topics studied include: force and motion; waves; energy transformations; properties of matter; changes in matter and solution chemistry. Students conduct field and laboratory investigations, use scientific methods during investigations and make informed decisions using critical-thinking and scientific problem solving. This is a laboratory course.

Required Course Materials

A complete list of required lab materials and common household items needed to complete the course can found here.

Course Organization

Chapter Movies. These animations will show you a problem that you will learn about throughout the unit.
Activities. The Activities are practice assignments. Each Activity is a non-graded exercise that allows you to build your knowledge and identify your strengths and weaknesses. Generally, the Activities consist of:
  Introduction: A short introduction to the Activity.
  Review Exercises: Short review assignments that you submit for a grade. These are required and must be completed to finish the course.
  Tutorials: Animations that teach concepts and ideas.
  Guided Practice Questions: Questions to answer with the help of hints.
Graded Assignments. Graded Assignments are the tasks you will submit to your instructor for a grade. Each assignment contains specific information about how your work will be assessed and how credit will be given for your responses. The average of your assignments will count for 75 percent of your course grade.

Final Examination

The final examination is comprehensive; it covers the material from all of the units. To pass the course, you must receive a grade of 70 percent or better. You can apply to take the Final Exam after 100 percent of your graded assignments have been submitted, and at least 70 percent have been graded and returned to you.
Format: Multiple-choice, short answer
Time Allowed: 3 hours
Materials Allowed: 2 pencil, graphing calculator, computer-graded answer sheet provided

Course Outline

Total Number of Units: 3
Total Number of Activities: 45
Total Number of Graded Assignments: 12
Instructor Graded (Online submission): 12

Unit 1: Position, Speed, Velocity, and Acceleration as Experimental Variables
Chapter 1: Scientific Notation and Measurement
  Activity 1: Dimensional Analysis
  Activity 2: Using Significant Figures in Calculations
  Activity 3: Scientific Notation
  Activity 4: Accuracy and Precision in Measurement
  Activity 5: Measurement
  Activity 6: Laboratory: Scientific Measurement
Chapter 2: Scientific Processes and Measurement
  Activity 7: Scientific Processes
  Activity 8: Laboratory: Precision and Accuracy
Chapter 3: Models and Graphs
  Activity 9: Models and Graphs
  Activity 10: Laboratory: Models and Graphs
Chapter 4: Safety
  Activity 11: Safety
  Activity 12: Laboratory: Safety
Chapter 5: Position, Speed, Velocity, and Acceleration
  Activity 13: Position and Distance
  Activity 14: Calculating Speed and Velocity
  Activity 15: Acceleration
  Activity 16: Position, Velocity, and Acceleration as Experimental Variables
  Activity 17: Laboratory: Position, Speed, and Acceleration
  Activity 18: Laboratory: Position, Speed, and Acceleration (Part II)
  Activity 19: Laboratory: Position, Speed, and Acceleration (Part III)

Unit 2: Work, Energy, and Power
Chapter 1: Newton’s Laws
  Activity 1: Newton’s Laws of Motion
  Activity 2: Mass, Weight, and Gravity
  Activity 3: What is Momentum?
  Activity 4: Friction
Chapter 2: Work and Machines
  Activity 5: Work and Machines
  Activity 6: Simple and Compound Machines
  Activity 7: Laboratory: Machines Multiplying Force
  Activity 8: Laboratory: Levers
  Activity 9: Laboratory: Mechanical Advantage of an Inclined Plane
Chapter 3: Work, Energy, and Power
  Activity 10: Work, Energy, and Power
  Activity 11: Conservation of Energy
  Activity 12: Laboratory: Calculating Work and Power
  Activity 13: Laboratory: Energy Conversions in a Pendulum

Unit 3: Energy In Motion
Chapter 1: Heat
  Activity 1: Conduction, Convection, and Radiation
  Activity 2: Laboratory: Conduction
  Activity 3: Laboratory: Convection
  Activity 4: Laboratory: Observing Radiation
Chapter 2: Harmonic Motion and Pendulums
  Activity 5: Simple Harmonic Motion Tutorial
  Activity 6: Laboratory: The Pendulum
Chapter 3: Waves
  Activity 7: Waves
  Activity 8: Laboratory: Waves
Chapter 4: Waves in the Real World
  Activity 9: Light and Color
  Activity 10: Optics
  Activity 11: Light and Color (Part I)
  Activity 12: Light and Color (Part II)
  Activity 13: Light and Color (Part III)