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The course description can be found at AP CENTRAL.  This course is a college level freshman course.  When you sign up to take this course at Somerset High School, it is mandatory that you take the AP Physics exam offered in May.  Failure to do so will result in Level 1 credit for the course.



The letters TSWBAT stand for:  The Students Will Be Able To


TOPIC:  UNIT, PHYSICAL QUANTITIES, AND VECTORS

          OBJECTIVES:

TSWBAT distinguish between the different measuring systems;  MKS, CGS, FPS.

TSWBAT illustrate scientific conclusions based on the information of graphs, tables, and diagrams.

    TSWBAT distinguish between scalar and vector quantities.

     TSWBAT demonstrate how to find the sum, difference, and product of two or more vectors.

    TSWBAT determine the proper number of significant figures.

 

 

TOPIC:  MOTION ALONG A STRAIGHT LINE

          OBJECTIVES:

TSWBAT determine the average velocity and instantaneous velocity of any object.

TSWBAT determine the average acceleration and instantaneous acceleration of any object.

  Using calculus, TSWBAT derive equations for motion with constant acceleration.

 

 

TOPIC:  MOTION IN A PLANE

          OBJECTIVES:

TSWBAT describe the position of a point in a plane.

TSWBAT determine the components of acceleration.

TSWBAT determine the velocity of an object in a plane.

TSWBAT develop equations for objects in circular motion.

 

 

TOPIC:  NEWTON’S LAWS OF MOTION

          OBJECTIVES:

TSWBAT distinguish between mass and weight.

TSWBAT determine the resultant force of more than two forces acting on an object.

TSWBAT formulate a formula for Newton’s second law of motion.

 

 

TOPIC:  APPLICATION OF NEWTON’S LAWS

          OBJECTIVES:

TSWBAT describe the interaction of bodies in contact (i.e. friction)

TSWBAT distinguish between the normal force and frictional force.

TSWBAT determine the equilibrium of a particle.

TSWBAT apply Newton’s second law in order to solve different situation.

TSWBAT determine the force of a particle in circular motion.

TSWBAT determine the motion/force of a particle in a vertical circle.

 

 

TOPIC:  WORK AND ENERGY

          OBECTIVES:

TSWBAT determine the types of energies (i.e. Kinetic, GPE, and EPE)

TSWBAT determine the work done on a body.

TSWBAT develop an equation for kinetic energy by using work.

TSWBAT calculate the work done by a gravitational force.

TSWBAT determine the power of a given body.

 

 

TOPIC:  IMPULSE AND MOMENTUM

          OBJECTIVES:

TSWBAT distinguish between impulse and momentum.

TSWBAT determine the conservation of momentum of a system.

 

 

TOPIC:  ROTATIONAL MOTION

          OBJECTIVES:

TSWBAT determine the angular velocity of a body.

TSWBAT determine the angular acceleration of a body.

TSWBAT distinguish between angular and linear motion.

TSWBAT determine the kinetic energy of a body.

TSWBAT determine the torque on a body.

TSWBAT determine the angular momentum of a body.

 

 

TOPIC:  OSCILLATIONS

          OBJECTIVES:

TSWBAT determine the causes of oscillations

TSWBAT derive equations for displacement, velocity, and acceleration in SHM

TSWBAT determine NRG in SHM

TSWBAT apply the equations in order to solve problems

 

TOPIC:  GRAVITATION

          OBJECTIVES:

TSWBAT determine Newton’s Law of Gravitation

TSWBAT GPE when the distance between two objects changes.

TSWBAT determine the motion of planets.

 

TOPIC:  ELECTRIC CHARGE & ELECTRIC FIELD

          OBJECTIVES:

TSWBAT determine the electric charge and the structure of matter.

TSWBAT determine the difference between conductor, insulators, and induced charges

TSWBAT determine Coulomb’s Law.

TSWBAT determine the electrical field and electric forces of charged particles.

 

TOPIC:  ELECTRIC POTENTIAL

          OBJECTIVES:

TSWBAT determine the EPE of a charged particle

TSWBAT describe the concept of electric potential.

TSWBAT calculate the electric potential

 

TOPIC:  CAPACITANCE AND DIELECTRICS

          OBJECTIVES:

TSWBAT determine the fundamental properties of capacitors.

TSWBAT calculate capacitance of capacitors that are in series and parallel.

TSWBAT calculate the NRG stored in capacitors.

 

TOPIC:  CURRENT, RESISTANCE, AND ELECTROMOTIVE FORCE

          OBJECTIVES:

TSWBAT understand the basic concepts of electric current

TSWBAT determine the resistivity for different materials.

TSWBAT determine the relation of voltage to current.

TSWBAT analyze Ohm’s Law.

 

TOPIC:  DIRECT - CURRENT CIRCUITS

          OBJECTIVES:

TSWBAT distinguish between resistors in series and parallel

TSWBAT determine voltage, resistance, and current of circuits using Kirchhoff’s rules.

  

TOPIC:  MAGNETIC FIELD AND MAGNETIC FORCES

          OBJECTIVES:

TSWBAT discuss the basics of magnetism

           TSWBAT determine magnetic fields.