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Physics

This course stresses the study of energy and the laws of motion that govern all objects in the universe. The study of physics ranges from the understanding of basic units of measurements to identifying and measuring motion (speed, velocity, and acceleration), force and various forms of energy.

Students learn how to solve basic physics problems that are found in every day life situations, and to understand the basic concepts motion, force, energy, sound, electricity, heat and light. Students also perform related experiments to reinforce and clarify the topics discussed during class time. Lab experiments are designed to challenge student’s ability to solve problems under given conditions, and to allow them the chance to physically measure and calculate quantity discussed in the text material.

Textbooks: Foundations od Physical Science, Thomas Hsu, 2nd edition, CPO Science, 2010 and Conceptual Physics, Paul G. Hewitt, 10th edition, Prentiss Hall, 2006

Cycle Scope and Sequence

  • Measurement, Metric System, & Problem Solving
  • Motion (speed and accleration)
  • Forces in One Dimension
  • Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Work and Energy
  • Temperature, Heat and Thermal cycles
  • Wave Motion and Sound
  • ElectroMagnetism and Electricity
  • Lenses and Optics