Physics A: Mechanics

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Fall semester
Elective

This semester-long course will investigate the physics of motion: how and why things move. Kinematics and Newton’s Laws of Motion (Dynamics) will be the main focus. Motion in one dimension will lead to projectiles moving in two dimensions and objects moving in circular motion. Energy transformations and conservation of momentum will also be studied. This study of mechanics will conclude with an investigation of simple machines. This course will include extensive hands-on lab work.

Units

Unit Essential Questions Content Skills and Processes Assessment Resources
Physics A: Mechanics

How can we consistently and concisely describe motion?
What causes motion to change?
How does Conservation of Energy allow for solving otherwise very challenging questions?

Kinematics
Dynamics
Linear Momentum
Energy (kinetic and potential)

Problem solving
Written communication of results and solutions
Experimentation

Homework
Lab Reports
Tests

Texts
Extensive Experimentation
Demonstrations