About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This Introduction to High School Physics unit of our High School Physics Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the definitions and mathematical calculations used in physics. There is no faster or easier way to learn about introductory physics. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the mathematical equations, relationships and units of measurement found in physics.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need a science curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and the Introduction to High School Physics unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Introduction to High School Physics Unit Objectives:
- Explore the history and scope of physics.
- Complete an algebra and trigonometry review.
- Identify the base and units of measurement found in the international or SI system
- Learn about the metric system of measurement.
- Study dimensional analysis and unit conversion.
- Perform calculations with significant numbers, and use scientific notation.
- Explain the direct and linear relationships used in physics.
- Identify inverse and quadratic relationships when working with physics.
1. What is Physics? - Definition, History & Branches
Known as the fundamental science, physics creates a foundation for other natural sciences. In this lesson, you'll be introduced to the field of physics, learning about its history and its modern branches of study.
2. Math Review for Physics: Algebra
There's quite a lot of algebra you need to know to do physics. Here we'll review some of the concepts needed for rearranging equations, working with polynomials, and working with exponents.
3. Math Review for Physics: Trigonometry
This lesson reviews some basic trigonometry that is essential for an introductory physics course. Here we'll focus on the various methods for finding side lengths and angle measurements of a right triangle.
4. Elements of the SI: Base & Derived Units
Discover what we mean by SI units. Then explore SI units further by learning about all the base units, and several examples of the derived units that make up the system.
5. The Metric System: Units and Conversion
Just like you and your friend communicate using the same language, scientists all over the world need to use the same language when reporting the measurements they make. This language is called the metric system. In this lesson we will cover the metric units for length, mass, volume, density and temperature, and also discuss how to convert among them.
6. Unit Conversion and Dimensional Analysis
How is solving a chemistry problem like playing dominoes? Watch this lesson to find out how you can use your domino skills to solve almost any chemistry problem.
7. Significant Figures and Scientific Notation
Are 7.5 grams and 7.50 grams the same? How do scientists represent very large and very small quantities? Find out the answers to these questions in this video.
8. Linear & Direct Relationships
Learn how to tell when you're dealing with linear and direct relationships and what graphs of these relationships should look like. Then, go further and explore how to interpret the slopes of these graphs.
9. Quadratic & Inverse Relationships
Explore how we tell when two variables are in quadratic or inverse relationships in this lesson. Once you understand the basics, we'll go over a couple of examples where these relationships show up in a physics class.
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