Physics A

Course Description

Uses the ASKME® model to introduce physics. Students will use activities and laboratory exercises to further enforce basic physics concepts. This is a laboratory course. Students study a variety of topics that include: laws of motion; changes within physical systems and conservation of energy and momentum; force. This course provides students with conceptual frameworks, factual knowledge, and analytical scientific skills. Students will learn how science has built a vast body of changing and increasing knowledge described by physical, mathematical, and conceptual models, and also learn that science may not answer all questions. Students should understand a whole in terms of its components and how these components relate to each other. Students will understand that certain types of questions can be answered by investigations, and that the key components of the scientific method change as new observations are made.

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: 4
Total Number of Activities: 53
Total Number of Graded Assignments: 13
Instructor Graded (Online submission): 13

Unit 1: Review of Scientific Techniques
Chapter 1: Scientific Notation and Measurement
  Activity 1: Dimensional Analysis
  Activity 2: Using Significant Figures in Calculations
  Activity 3: Scientific Notation
  Activity 4: Measurement
  Activity 5: Laboratory: Scientific Notation
  Graded Assignment 1
Chapter 2: Scientific Processess and Measurement
  Activity 6: Scientific Processes
  Activity 7: Accuracy and Precision in Measurement
  Activity 8: Laboratory: Precision and Accuracy
  Graded Assignment 2
Chapter 3: Models and Graphs
  Activity 9: Models and Graphs
  Activity 10: Laboratory: Models and Graphs
  Graded Assignment 3
Chapter 4: Safety
  Activity 11: Safety
  Activity 12: Laboratory: Safety
  Graded Assignment 4
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
  Graded Assignment 5

Unit 2: Motion
Chapter 1: 1D Kinematics (Speed, Velocity, and Acceleration)
  Activity 1: Defining Position
  Activity 2: Motion
  Activity 3: Laboratory: Position, Speed, and Accleration
  Activity 4: Speed and Velocity
  Activity 5: Laboratory: Position, Speed, and Acceleration (Part II)
  Activity 6: Acceleration
  Activity 7: Free Fall
  Graded Assignment 1
Chapter 2: 2D Kinematics
  Activity 8: Position, Distance, and Displacement with Vectors
  Activity 9: Vectors and Velocity and Acceleration
  Activity 10: Projectile Motion
  Activity 11: Uniform Circular Motion
  Graded Assignment 2

Unit 3: Force and Momentum
Chapter 1: Newton’s Laws and Motion
  Activity 1: Forces Dealing with Newton’s First Law of Motion
  Activity 2: Forces Dealing with Newton’s Second Law of Motion
  Activity 3: Forces Dealing with Newton’s Third Law of Motion
  Activity 4: Laboratory: Newton’s Third Law Force
  Graded Assignment 1
Chapter 2: Types of Forces
  Activity 5: Gravity as a Force
  Activity 6: Force as a Vector Quantity
  Activity 7: Centripetal Force, Centrifugal Force, and Gravitational Force
  Activity 8: Laboratory: Centripetal Force
  Graded Assignment 2
Chapter 3: Momentum
  Activity 9: Momentum
  Activity 10: Impulse and Impact
  Activity 11: Impulse and Momentum
  Activity 12: The Conservation of Momentum
  Activity 13: Laboratory: Tailgated by a Dart
  Graded Assignment 3

Unit 4: Energy
Chapter 1: Work, Energy, and Power
  Activity 1: Forces in Work
  Activity 2: Work, Energy, and Power
  Activity 3: Laboratory: Power
  Activity 4: Laboratory: Simple Machines
  Activity 5: Kinetic Energy
  Activity 6: Gravitational Potential Energy
  Activity 7: Hooke’s Law and Elastic Potential Energy
  Graded Assignment 1
Chapter 2: The Work-Energy Theorem
  Activity 8: The Work-Energy Theorem
  Activity 9: Revisiting Familiar Problems Using the Work-Energy Theorem
  Graded Assignment 2
Chapter 3: Conservation of Energy and Momentum
  Activity 10: The Law of Conservation of Energy and the Different Types of Energy
  Activity 11: Revisiting Familiar Problems Using Energy Conservation
  Activity 12: Elastic and Inelastic Collisions
  Graded Assignment 3