# PISCATAWAY TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS

Mechanics

Oct 31, 2013 (4 years and 6 months ago)

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PISCATAWAY TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS

COURSE SYLLABUS

Course Title:

Honors Physics

Textbook:

College Physics
, Serway, Faughn and Vuille

Teacher
:

Mr. Rohan Gokhale

rgokhale
@pway.org

http://www.piscatawayschools.org/phs/

Course description:

Full year course:
G
s 11 and

12,
6
.0 credits

Honors Physics is a lab and lecture course that meets 6 periods per week. The Honors
Physics course is intended for science oriente
d students who plan on taking the maximum
number of science units in high school. This rigorous inquiry
-
oriented course is quite
demanding, is rapidly paced and stresses problem solving skills. Using an applied
mathematical approach, students will be tau
ght fundamental

concepts of motion,
mechanics,

sound, light, wave motion, electricity, magnetism,
relativity, and quantum
mechanics.

Course Schedule: Scope and sequence

Approximate Time Frame

Topic

First Semester:

Marking Period One

September through
November

Topics
: Measurement, Vectors, Graphic Analysis, One
-

and Two
-
Dimension Kinematics, Dynamics.

Specific Content:

Definition of Physics

Units and Dimensions

Data collection, significant figures

Graphic representation and addition of vector quantit
ies

Vector resolution

Using trigonometric functions to resolve and add vectors

How to graph lab data to identify mathematical
relationships

How to identify and express constant velocity and
acceleration

How to

express and identify distance
-

time and veloc
ity

time relationships graphically

The equations of motion in one and two dimensions

Projectile Motion

Newton’s Law
s

of Motion

Forces

How to utilize free
-
body diagrams to analyze motion

Marking Period Two

Topics:

Circular Mo
tion and Gravity, Work and Energy,
November through January

Impulse and Momentum.

Specific Content
:

Describing motion in a curved path: application of both
kinematics and dynamics

Applications of circular motion to planetary motion and
gravity

Definition of work, Simple machines
, The work

energy theorem

Gravitational potential energy, linear kinetic energy,
rotational kinetic energy, Hooke’s Law, and elastic
potential energy

The Law of Conservation of Mechanical Energy

Non
-
mechanical forms of energy

The impulse

momentum theor
em

Collisions and the law of conservation of momentum

Types of collisions

Second Semester

Marking Period Three

February through April

Topics:

Rotary Motion, Wave Motion, Light and Optics,
Electric Forces and Fields, Electrical Energy and
Potential Diffe
rence

Specific Content:

Rotary
Kinematics, Dynamics and Energy

Simple Harmonic Motion

Wave properties

Wave behaviors: rectilinear propagation, reflection,
refraction, diffraction and interference

Physics of Sound

The electromagnetic spectrum, the wavele
ngth of light

The speed of light

The Law of Reflection

Refraction, Snell’s Law

Diffraction, Young’s Law

Marking Period Four

April through June

Topics:

Elect ric Current and Resist ance, Elect rica l
Circuit s, Magnet is m, Relat ivi t y, Quant um Mechanics

Spe ci
fi c Conte nt:

Coulomb’s Law, St at ic elect ric it y

Elect rica l po
t ent ial due t o point charges

The volt, capacit ance,

The ampere, Ohm’s Law, Drawing circuit diagrams,

Series and parallel circuit s

Magnet ic fields, Elect roma gnet i s m

Speed of Light

Special Relat ivi t
y and it s Consequences

Equiva le nce of Mass and Energy

Wave
-
Particle Duality

Uncertainty Principle

Atomic Spectra

Materials Needed:

Acceptable notebook

A variety of pencils and pens

Textbook

Scientific calculator

Classroom Procedu
res:

Regarding safety in the laboratory:

When asked, you must wear safety goggles

Personal apparel should be appropriate for lab work

Know what you are doing

Know the proper fire drill procedures and the locations of the fire exits and the
emergency equip
ment

Report all accidents to the instructor, no matter how minor

Do not perform unauthorized experiments or use equipment and apparatus in a
manner not specified by the instructor

Food and beverages are never allowed in the lab

Use ex
tra caution when working with electrical equipment

Keep the work area clean and neat

Soap and water are available

Observation of all Piscataway High School rules and regulations as noted in the official
student handbook.

dual marking periods may vary slightly)

Tests: Fift
y percent of the quarter grade

Lab Reports: Thirty percent of the grade.

Homework: