Physics

Scope & Sequence

 

Semester 1  

  • Newton’s Laws   
  • Metrics and Lab Skills  
  • Motion in 1 Dimension  

 

Semester 2  

  • Energy & Work in 1 Dimension   
  • Dynamics in 1 Dimension  
  • Waves & Wave Behavior   

 

Essential Learnings

 

Semester 1 

  • Analyze data to support the claimthat Newton’s second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration.  (Cause and Effect) 
  • Use mathematical representations to support the claim that the total momentum of a system of objects is conserved when there is no net force on the system.  (Systems and System Models) 
  • Apply science and engineering ideas to design, evaluate, and refine a device that minimizes the force on a macroscopic object during a collision.*  (Cause and Effect) 
  • Use mathematical representations of Newton’s Law of Gravitation and Coulomb’s Law to describe and predict the gravitational and electrostatic forces between objects.  (Patterns) 

 

Semester 2 

  • Use mathematical representations to support the claim that the total momentum of a system of objects is conserved when there is no net force on the system.  (Systems and System Models) 
  • Apply science and engineering ideas to design, evaluate, and refine a device that minimizes the force on a macroscopic object during a collision.*  (Cause and Effect) 
  • Use mathematical representations to support a claim regarding relationships among the frequency, wavelength, and speed of waves traveling in various media(Cause and Effect) 
  • Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoningbehind the idea that electromagnetic radiation can be described either by a wave model or a particle model,and that for some situations one model is more useful than the other.  (Systems and System Models)