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Physics B

Course Description

Uses the ASKME® model to explore 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: thermodynamics; characteristics and behavior of waves; and quantum physics. 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. (Prerequisite: Physics A)

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: 45
Total Number of Graded Assignments: 15
Instructor Graded (Online submission): 15

Unit 5: Heat
Chapter 1: Heat/Energy
 Activity 1: Kinetic Energy and Its Relationship to Heat
 Activity 2: Convection, Conduction, and Radiation
 Activity 3: The First Law of Thermodynamics
 Graded Assignment 1
Chapter 2: The Second Law of Thermodynamics
 Activity 4: The Second Law of Thermodynamics
 Graded Assignment 2
Chapter 3: The Third Law of Thermodynamics
 Activity 5: The Third Law of Thermodynamics
 Graded Assignment 3

Unit 6: Waves: Light and Sound
Chapter 1: Harmonic Motion and Waves
 Activity 1: The Motion of a Pendulum
 Activity 2: Springs and Waves
 Graded Assignment 1
Chapter 2: Reflection, Interference, and Standing Waves
 Activity 3: Wave Behavior
 Graded Assignment 2
Chapter 3: Sound Reasoning
 Activity 4: Characterizing Sound
 Activity 5: Resonance and Forced Vibration
 Activity 6: The Doppler Effect
 Graded Assignment 3
Chapter 4: The Behavior of Light
 Activity 7: What Do We Know About Light?
 Activity 8: Scattering
 Activity 9: Bending Light
 Activity 10: Big City, Bright Lights
 Graded Assignment 4
Chapter 5: Reflection and Refraction
 Activity 11: Tour Through a Telescope: Reflection
 Activity 12: Refraction and Color
 Activity 13: Telescope Light Path
 Activity 14: Light as Waves and Wavelets
 Graded Assignment 5
Chapter 6: Into the Instruments
 Activity 15: Diffraction and Wavelength
 Activity 16: Light as a Wave: Interference
 Activity 17: Interference and Wavelength with Thin Films and Reflection Gratings
 Activity 18: Spectrograph
 Activity 19: Medical and Industrial Applications of Light
 Graded Assignment 6

Unit 7: Electricity and Magnetism
Chapter 1: Electrostatics
 Activity 1: Laboratory: Electric Charge
 Activity 2: Coulomb’s Law
 Activity 3: Electric Field and Electric Potential
 Graded Assignment 1
Chapter 2: Electric Circuits
 Activity 4: Current, Voltage, Resistance - Ohm’s Law
 Activity 5: Series and Parallel Circuits
 Graded Assignment 2
Chapter 3: Relationship Between Magnetism and Electricity
 Activity 6: Laboratory: What Makes a Magnet
 Activity 7: Laboratory: Magnetism from Electricity
 Activity 8: Electricity from Magnetism
 Activity 9: Laboratory: Electromagnetic Induction
 Activity 10: Electric Motors
 Activity 11: An Electric Generator
 Activity 12: Light is an Electromagnetic Wave
 Activity 13: Light Characteristics
 Graded Assignment 3

Unit 8: Elements of Quantum Physics
Chapter 1: Quantum Optics
 Activity 1: Basic Ideas of Quantum Theory
 Activity 2: The Photon
 Activity 3: Photoelectric Effect
 Graded Assignment 1
Chapter 2: Atomic Models
 Activity 4: Atomic Spectra
 Activity 5: Classic Atomic Models, Rutherford’s Planetary Model (1911)
 Activity 6: Bohr’s Quantum Model (1913)
 Graded Assignment 2
Chapter 3: Dualism of Matter
 Activity 7: Particle Wave-Dualism
 Activity 8: Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle
 Graded Assignment 3

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