Physics 101 Syllabus Resource & Lesson Plans
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Course Summary
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How It Works
You can use this Physics 101 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 101, from the definition of physics and its major branches, to theories of relativity and time dilation. 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 101 course.
 Lessons  Within each chapter are video lessons that further break down topics into bitesized chunks. These lessons cover single topics like kinematics or electric force fields. 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 pressure includes key terms like psi, atmospheres and millimeters of mercury.
Video Lessons
As you work on your Physics 101 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 magnetic force if you begin class with a short video. It can be a jumpingoff point for a lecture, group activity or class discussion.
 Break Up Lectures  The video format, which often includes animation, helps students visualize topics like how waves work and the applications of Bernoulli's Principle on fluids in motion.
 Assign For Homework  Each lesson in the course, from the basics of electric currents to the halflife of a radioactive sample can be assigned to your students as homework.
Transcripts
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 Bohr Model of hydrogen atoms or types of radioactive decay? 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 Michelson Interferometer, 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 electrostatics, you can point your students to the transcripts on repulsion and attraction, the significance of arrow direction and spacing, Coulomb's Law and related topics to help them study.
Quizzes
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 graphing kinematic problems to key facts, like the definition of a scientific law.
 Tests  You can meld the material in the quizzes into your own student assessments, saving you valuable time. Need a few questions on linear momentum? There are plenty!
 Discussions  Jumpstart a discussion with questions like: What is the difference between weight and mass?
Sample Syllabus
Below is a sketch of the Physics 101 syllabus modeled on a 17week 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  Definition and history of physics, review of the math skills needed in physics, overview of the metric system, scientific notation 
Week 2  Vectors  Definition and types of vectors, calculations with vectors, including scalar multiplication and resultant vectors, practice vector resolution problems 
Week 3  Kinematics  Description of kinematics, how to determine an object's position, acceleration, ticker tape diagrams, practice problems using free fall physics 
Week 4  Force and the Laws of Motion  Newton's Laws of Motion, determining acceleration, types of friction force, centripetal force, Hooke's Law and measuring the spring constant 
Week 5  Work and Energy in Physics  Energy's role in nature, the characteristics of work, the workenergy theorem, conservative and nonconservative forces 
Week 6  Linear Momentum in Physics  Definition of momentum and how to determine it, conservation of linear momentum, how to define isolated systems, how to determine the center of mass/gravity 
Week 7  Rotational Motion  Definition of rotational and translational motion, equations for rotational motion, the impact of rotational inertia on rotational speed, conservation of angular momentum 
Week 8  Equilibrium and Elasticity  Definition of translational and rotational equilibrium, how stability is related to center of gravity, a look at simple machines, equations involving shear and bulk stress 
Week 9  Waves, Sound and Light  Vibrations, definition of sound, the origin of light, electromagnetic waves, resonance, diffuse reflection 
Week 10  Fluids in Physics  Density, pressure, Pascal's Principle and its applications, buoyancy, Bernoulli's principle and equation 
Week 11  Thermodynamics in Physics  How to convert temperatures between Kelvin and Celsius, latent heat, heating curves, the Ideal Gas Law, the Laws of Thermodynamics, heat engines 
Week 12  Electrostatics  Definition of electric charge, electric force fields, Coulomb's Law and its applications, capacitance 
Week 13  Circuits in Physics  Conductors and insulators, definition of electric current, Ohm's Law, Kirchhoff's Rules, how power is calculated for alternating current circuits 
Week 14  The Physics of Magnetism  Definitions of magnetic forces and magnetic fields and how they work, Faraday's Law of Electromagnetic Induction 
Week 15  Wave Optics  Mirrors and equations with mirrors, thin lens equations, polarization of light, Malus's Law, Huygen's Principle 
Week 16  Relativity  Explanation of relativity of distance and time, space contraction, how the theory of relativity shows that mass and energy are interchangeable 
Week 17  Modern Physics and Nuclear Physics  Definition of the photoelectric effect, calculations regarding a photon's momentum and energy, the Bohr Model, fusion and fission 
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