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Physics G

Prerequisites: Chemistry, Geometry, Some Algebra is good.

This is a one year general Physics course for people who might have more difficulty with math, but want to learn physics. Our philosophy is that it is better to cover fewer topics in depth than many superficially. This course covers in some depth the area of mechanics starting with linear kinematics (Racing), two dimensional linear kinematics and vectors (projectile motion), forces, (Drag racing) energy, (Rollercoasters) momentum, (Rocket Science) and gravity and circular motion (Take us out of orbit, Sulu). There is a required field trip near the end of the year to Oaks Amusement Park.


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Unit 1 - Linear Kinematics

The first unit covers motion in a straight line. We first look at a constant velocity, and then go on to uniform acceleration. We do labs on describing motion, determining uncertainty, making graphs of motion both with timer tape and computer rangefinders.

Unit 2 - Vectors and 2-Dimensional Motion

In this chapter we look at how to resolve, and add vectors. Then we use these skills to solve two dimensional motion problems as two independent linear problems. We will do a computer lab and a rocket competition.

Unit 3 - Dynamics

This is the first real chapter of physics.  We will predict the motion of objects with a variety of forces acting on them.  We will study the concepts of inertia, friction (static and kinetic) and on multiple forces acting in concert.

Chapter 4 - Energy

We will use energy and conservation of energy to make otherwise difficult problems solvable.  Students will  measure their own power output.

Chapter 5 - Momentum

We will study and solve collision problems using conservation of momentum.  We will become rocket scientists, blow things up, and make loud exploding noises in the hall and in the classroom.

Chapter 6 - Gravity and Circular Motion

This chapter covers centripetal motion, force and gravity.  We will set centripetal forces equal to gravity to solve satellite problems.  Students will pilot a spaceship into orbit in a computer simulation to get an enhanced understanding of orbital mechanics.  (I couldn't get the real spaceship into the budget this year)



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Friction Lab
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Air Rocket Lab
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Presidential Visit
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Human Power Output


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Going to Oaks Park
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Duggan telling the the Mojo Man Story
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Oaks Park
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Momentum Lab