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Course SummaryRefresh your lesson plans with this flexible Physics 101 lesson plan course. Help your students understand physics in a new and interesting way using our short video lessons, printable transcripts and self-assessment quizzes in your classroom.
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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 bite-sized 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.
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 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 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 half-life of a radioactive sample 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 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.
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 - Jump-start a discussion with questions like: What is the difference between weight and mass?
Below is a sketch of the Physics 101 syllabus modeled on a 17-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||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 work-energy theorem, conservative and non-conservative 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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