Ch 1: Introduction to Physics Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Introduction to Physics chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the students in your classroom about the origins and role of physics as well as mathematical equations in physics. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

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

9 Lessons in Chapter 1: Introduction to Physics Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Physics? - Definition, History & Branches

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.

Math Review for Physics: Algebra

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.

Math Review for Physics: Trigonometry

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.

Elements of the SI: Base & Derived Units

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.

The Metric System: Units and Conversion

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.

Unit Conversion and Dimensional Analysis

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.

Significant Figures and Scientific Notation

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.

Linear & Direct Relationships

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.

Quadratic & Inverse Relationships

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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