Students will study the nature and properties of matter and energy. Students will use laboratory work for a significant part of the course and will aid in making connections between evidence, reasoning, and models that explain natural phenomena.
Key Course Learning Experiences
Examples of student lab experiences include:
Graphing accelerated motion of carts
Predict and test the landing position of a marble rolling off a desk.
Determine the friction between sliding objects
Experimentally determine the power of students.
Calculate the energy lost in mechanical system.
Use Archimedes Principle to determine the density of an object.
Using heat flow in a system determine the specific heat of a sample.
Create, test and measure electric circuits using diagrams and meters.
In these lab experiences, students will learn to use laboratory equipment safely and appropriately to make measurements of relevant data. Students will work collaboratively with peers to design and carry out investigations, perform data analysis, and draw conclusions based on evidence.
Essential Learning Goals
Explanation of Phenomena (30%) - Students will use models and systems to make sense of matter and its changes, as evidenced by correct explanations of observed data and phenomena.
Process of Inquiry (30%) - Students will ask questions, define problems, design and carry out investigations, and communicate the results of those investigations as evidenced by presentation of lab processes and results in written and/or verbal form.
Computational Thinking/Problem Solving (40%) - Students will use mathematics and computational thinking to solve problems as evidenced by articulating the process of solving a variety of problems, and by arriving at a correct answer.
Major Assessments and Success Criteria
Students will be assessed on their explanations of natural phenomena using physical principles, their solutions to a variety of problems, and on their conducting and communicating the results of laboratory investigations. Success criteria include: correct use of vocabulary and reasoning when explaining scientific phenomena, a clearly articulated process for problem solving, and appropriate use of the scientific method when conducting and reporting the results of investigations.