This is a full year physics course, students will have the opportunity to earn college credit upon successful completion of the AP test in the spring. The class is equivalent to a second semester college course in algebra-based physics.
Key Course Learning Experiences
Examples of student lab experiences include:
Buoyancy and Archimedes principle
Mechanical Equivalent of Heat
Mirrors and lenses
Young’s Double slit experiment
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 representations to communicate explanations of scientific phenomena involving physics, as evidenced by correct explanations of observed data and phenomena.
Process of Inquiry (40%) - 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 (30%) - 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 physics 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. The scientific method involves defining a problem, planning and carrying out an investigation, and communicating the results.