Physics

Physics is the study of matter and energy and their interactions. Students are introduced to fundamental concepts in the areas of mechanics, light, sound, heat, electricity, magnetism, and nuclear phenomenon. Students acquire information using the senses and instrumentation. Observations of the laws of force and motion, the nature of light, wave phenomena, and properties of electricity and magnetism are integral components of the course.

Physics course description taken from District Course Catalog.
 

Physics Syllabus Year-At-A-Glance 2012-2013

First Nine Weeks:

Unit 1: Physics Skills and Processes (6 days) Aug. 26 – Sept. 3; Labor Day Holiday Sept. 2nd

Unit 2: Kinematics in One Dimension and Graphing Motion (18 days) Sept. 4 – Oct. 3; Early Release Sept. 20th

Mid-Term Exam Sept. 19th (Unit 1); Flex Day Sept. 27th

Unit 3: Newton’s Laws of Motion (12 days) Oct. 4 – 22; Early Release Oct. 18th 

Term Exam Oct. 24th (Unit 2 & 3)
Second Nine Weeks:

Unit 4: Two Dimensional Motion (7 days) Oct. 28 – Nov. 5

Unit 5: Universal Gravitation (4 days) Nov. 6 – 11

Mid-Term Exam Nov. 20th (Unit 4 & 5)

Unit 6: Conservation of Energy (15 days) Nov. 12 – Dec. 13; Flex Day Nov. 15th; Early Release Nov. 22nd

Unit 7: Conservation of Momentum (10 days) Dec. 16 – Jan. 13; Early Release Dec. 20th; Christmas Break Dec. 23 – Jan. 3

Term Exam Jan. 15th (Unit 6 & 7); Early Release Jan. 17th

 
Third Nine Weeks:

Unit 8: Thermodynamics (7 days) Jan. 21 – 29

Unit 9: Mechanical Waves: Properties and Application (8 days) Jan. 30 – Feb. 11; Flex Day Feb. 7th

Mid-Term Exam Feb. 12th (Unit 7 & 8)

Unit 10: Electromagnetic Waves (12 days) Feb. 14 – Mar. 4; Flex Day Feb. 21st

Unit 11: Electrostatics: Forces, Fields, and Energy (9 days) Mar. 5 - 24; Spring Break Mar. 10th – 14th

Term Exam Mar. 26th (Unit 10 & 11)

 
Fourth Nine Weeks:

Unit 12: Current Electricity (14 days) Mar. 31 – Apr. 17; Good Friday Holiday Apr. 18th

Mid-Term Exam Apr. 22nd (Unit 12); Battle of the Flowers Apr. 25th

Unit 13: Magnetic Fields and Electromagnetism (9 days) Apr. 23 – May 7; Flex Day May 2nd

Unit 14: Atomic, Nuclear, Quantum Physics and Relativity (7 days) May 8 – 16

Unit 15: Physics is Everywhere (5 days) May 17 – 23; Memorial Day Holiday May 26th

Term Exam May 28th (Unit 13 & 14)

Flex Week Jun. 2 – 6; Early Release Jun. 6