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High School


Course Description:

The Physics course covers the topics: motion and forces, conservation of energy and momentum, heat and thermodynamics, waves, and electric and magnetic phenomena. In this course, students learn that Newton’s laws predict the motion of most objects; the laws of conservation of energy and momentum provide a way to predict and describe the movement of objects; energy cannot be created or destroyed, although in many processes energy is transferred to the environment as heat; waves have characteristic properties that do not depend on the type of wave; and electric and magnetic phenomena are related and have many practical applications.

Semester 1

Unit 1: Physics and Engineering
Engineering Design
Modeling Motion
Effects of Forces

Unit 2: Energy and Motion
Momentum and Collisions
Analyzing Energy in Systems
Transferring Thermal Energy

Semester 2

Note: if the following section is blank the course is 1 semester long

Unit 3: Field Forces and Energy
Mass and Gravitational Fields
Modeling Electric and Magnetic Fields

Unit 4: Electromagnetism and Generators
Flow of Electrical Energy
Electromagnets and Inducing Current
Solutions for Electrical Energy Generation

Unit 5: Wave Energy and Communication
Modeling and Using Waves
Effects of Electromagnetic Radiation
Optimizing Information Technologies

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