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Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1What is Physics? - Definition, History & Branches
Course SummaryThis High School Physics Curriculum Resource & Lesson Plans course is a fully developed resource to help you organize and teach physics. You can easily adapt the video lessons, transcripts, and quizzes to take full advantage of the comprehensive and engaging material we offer. Make planning your course easier by using our curriculum as a guide.
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You can use this physics course as a template for designing and implementing your course. Here are the key components of the course and how you can use them:
- Chapters - Each chapter covers a unit of physics, from vectors and kinematics to fluid mechanics and theories of relativity. Use these chapters as mile markers as you map out your course. We recommend planning to spend a week on each chapter, but you can always allocate the chapters according to the length of your specific physics course.
- Lessons - Within each chapter are video lessons that further break down topics into bite-sized chunks. These lessons cover single topics like Newton's first law of motion or electromagnetic induction. Each one is often appropriate for a single class.
- Key Terms - Within each lesson are key terms. These are emphasized on screen and in the transcript. As you develop your syllabus, these key terms help you focus on the most important learning objectives. For example, the lesson on phase changes and heating curves includes key terms like sublimation, deposition, vaporization and condensation.
As you work on your physics lesson plans, save time by incorporating video lessons from this resource. Here's how:
- Introduce Topics - Your students will be in the right mindset for understanding topics like linear momentum if you begin class with a short video. It can be a jumping-off point for a lecture, group activity or class discussion.
- Break Up Lectures - The video format, which often includes animation, helps students visualize topics like electric force fields and wave-particle duality.
- Assign For Homework - Each lesson in the course, from physics math review to lab experiments, can be assigned to your students as homework.
Each video lesson includes a complete transcript. You can utilize these transcripts in several ways:
- Lecture Notes - Do you need a guide as you plan a lecture, such as one on the Big Bang theory or the momentum conservation principle? The transcripts cover each topic in depth, with key terms highlighted for quick reference.
- Student Reading - Perhaps you'd like your students to learn about the Carnot cycle, but you don't have class time available. Assign the transcript as extra reading.
- Study Tools - When it's time for a unit exam on atomic and nuclear physics, you can point your students to the transcripts on photons and the photoelectric effect, the formula and application for Planck's constant and related topics to help them study.
Each video lesson has a corresponding quiz. Here's how to use the quizzes:
- Homework - Assign a quiz to your students as homework. You'll receive an email with the results, which enables you to verify they've completed the assignment and that they've understood the material. Questions cover everything from the differences between kinetic and potential energy to key facts, like units in the metric system.
- Tests - You can meld the material in the quizzes into your own student assessments, saving you valuable time. Need a few questions on magnetism in physics? There are plenty!
- Discussions - Jump-start a discussion with questions like: What type of evidence is used to support the Big Bang theory?
Below is a sketch of the high school physics curriculum modeled on a 20-week course. This sample can be adapted based on your course schedule. Navigate the chapters and lessons for more detail.
|Week||Unit||Sample of Topics Covered|
|Week 1||Introduction to Physics||SI base units and the metric system, scientific notation, linear and quadratic relationships|
|Week 2||Vectors in Physics||Vector addition, subtraction and scalar multiplication; vector components and vector resolution|
|Week 3||Kinematics in Physics||Speed, velocity and acceleration; the big five kinematics equations, graphs of vector quantities|
|Week 4||Newton's Laws in Physics||Balanced and unbalanced forces, action-reaction force pairs, friction, net force|
|Week 5||Work, Energy & Power in Physics||Kinetic and potential energy, the work-energy theorem, basic mechanics|
|Week 6||Linear Momentum in Physics||Conservation of linear momentum, inelastic and elastic collisions, isolated systems|
|Week 7||Rotational Motion in Physics||Rotational dynamics, conservation of angular momentum, rotational equilibrium|
|Week 8||Circular Motion and Gravitation in Physics||Uniform circular motion, Kepler's laws of planetary motion, Newton's law of gravitation|
|Week 9||Oscillations in Physics||Simple harmonic motion, Hooke's law, pendulums in physics|
|Week 10||Electrical Forces and Fields in Physics||Electric charge and force, Coulomb's law, Gauss's law|
|Week 11||Potential and Capacitance in Physics||Voltage sources, electric potential energy, fixed and variable capacitors, Ohm's law|
|Week 12||Direct Current Circuits in Physics||Electrical resistance, electric circuit components, series and parallel circuits|
|Week 13||Magnetism in Physics||Magnetic poles and dipoles, magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction|
|Week 14||Waves, Sound and Light||Wave properties and behaviors, electromagnetic waves, regions of the electromagnetic spectrum|
|Week 15||Atomic and Nuclear Physics||Planck's constant, atomic spectra, half-life and radioactive decay, applications of nuclear chemistry|
|Week 16||Fluid Mechanics in Physics||Density and hydrostatic pressure, Bernoulli's principle, Torricelli's theorem|
|Week 17||Thermal Physics & Thermodynamics||Temperature units, calorimetry, thermal expansion, the laws of thermodynamics|
|Week 18||Relativity & Quantum Theory in Modern Physics||The theory of general relativity, Einstein's special theory of relativity, quantum theory|
|Week 19||The Universe||The Big Bang theory, galaxy formation, life cycles of stars; the solar system's inner, outer and dwarf planets|
|Week 20||Physics Lab Experiments||Methods for measuring an object's speed, studying density and buoyancy, investigating magnetic fields and building electric circuits|
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