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
rade
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
Blackbody Radiation
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
Stay alert in the lab
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.
Grading Distribution Goals (indivi
dual marking periods may vary slightly)
Tests: Fift
y percent of the quarter grade
Lab Reports: Thirty percent of the grade.
Homework:
Ten percent of the grade.
Quizzes: Ten percent of the grade. These will generally be unannounced. They
will consist of 1

2 questions, and either be a problem from the previous night’s
homework assignment or from the previous day’
s lesson or lab.
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