# :: High School Courses

## 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

We are temporarily unable to supply you with a science kit for this course. However, you can create your own lab kit by assembling the needed materials. You will find the list of lab kit materials 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

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