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Below is a sample breakdown of the Introduction to Physics chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday|| What is Physics? - Definition, History and Branches; |
Math Review for Physics: Algebra
| An exploration of physics and its different branches; |
A review of trigonometric functions, exponents, right triangles and algebraic equations
|Tuesday|| Math Review for Physics: Trigonometry; |
Elements of the SI: Base and Derived Units
| A review of trigonometric operations; |
A look at the International System of Units
|Wednesday|| The Metric System: Units and Conversion; |
Unit Conversion and Dimensional Analysis
| The measurements for volume, mass, length and density; |
Converting units through the use of conversion factors
|Thursday|| Significant Figures and Scientific Notation; |
Linear and Direct Relationships
| The correct use of significant figures and scientific notation; |
Identifying linear and direct relationships
|Friday||Quadratic and Inverse Relationships||A look at the differences between the two|
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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