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Novato Unified School District

Course Outline

Subject:
Science



Course Title:

Conceptual Physics: STEM


(For NUSD Curriculum and Instruction Use Only)


Transcript Title:
ConcPhysSTEM

Transcript Abbreviation:
SRC135



Pre
-
Requisite

or Co
-
Requisite
:

Algebra 2: STEM


Required: _____ Recommended: _____ Co
-
requisite: __
X
_
__ None: ______


Additional Pre
-
Requisite

or Co
-
Requisite
:

Principals of Engineering: STEM


Required: _____ Recommended: _____ Co
-
requisite: __
X
___

None: ______



Subject Area Category:
(select one)



____
Biological ____ Chemistry
_
_
X
__ Physics

____ Integrated

____ Interdisciplinary



Honors or Advanced Placement Course:

Yes
No



Grade Level:

9

10 11 12



Is this course modeled after a course from another school?

Yes
No

If Yes: Name of School:


Title of Course:



Lead Teacher (s) writing this outline:

Nick Williams
, San Marin High School



Brief Course Description
:

(Student Friendly)


This ninth grade course is offered as part of the STEM program.
Students in the STEM
program co
-
enroll in Algebra 2: STEM and Principals of Engineering: STEM.
This course
emphasizes a firm conceptual understanding of the laws of physics through the
fundamental themes of motion and forces, energy and momentum, heat and
thermodynamics, waves, and electricity and magnetism. Through Project
-
Based
Learning, students

will apply their physics knowledge in concert with their “Principles of
Engineering” class.



Novato Unified School District

Course Outline

Subject:
Science

Course Purpose
(Includes course goals and major student outcomes)


Students will develop their skills of scientific exploration and discovery, problem solving
,
and communication skills through theoretical and experiential learning, especially
through the method of Project
-
Based Learning.


Students will have a firm conceptual foundation of the
Next Generation Science

S
tandards in physics

Course Outline



Simple

Machines and Mechanical Advantage

-

inclined plane, wedge, screw, lever, pulley, wheel
-
and
-
axle

-

compound machines

-

work

Forces, Impulse, Momentum

-

Newton’s laws of motion

-

Force

-

vectors

Potential and Kinetic Energy

-

Potential Energy

-

Kinetic Energy

Statics

Conservation of Energy and Momentum

-

Gravity

-

Momentum

-

Elastic and inelastic collisions

Heat and Thermodynamics

-

laws of thermodynamics

-

thermal energy

Waves and Energy

-

frequency, wavelength, speed

-

electromagnetic radiation

Electricity and Magnetism

-

electric c
urrents

-

magnetic fields

-

electrostatic forces



Key Assignments


Projects Taught in Combination with Principles of Engineering Course

Rube Goldberg Machines

Students will design and build a Rube Goldberg machine to explore the concepts of
simple machines,
motion, and forces. They will follow the engineering design process to
achieve this goal.


Video on Physics of Sports

Novato Unified School District

Course Outline

Subject:
Science

Students will script, film, and edit a video explaining the physics behind a sporting
action such as kicking a field goal or hitting a ba
ll with a tennis racket.


Hybrid Vehicle Design

Students will design and build a small hybrid vehicle to travel 10 meters using the
engineering design process. Students will demonstrate their understanding of
Conservation of Energy and Momentum through
this project.


Energy Efficient Housing Design

Students will design and build a Passive Solar Structure to maximize energy absorbance
from the sun in the winter and maximize reflection in the winter. They will investigate
and include different ways to
heat and cool a house in order to learn about heat and
work in their investigation of Heat and Thermodynamics.


Build a Band

Students will design and build three musical instruments; one using strings, one using
chimes, and one using air movement (as a woo
dwind or brass instrument) to explore
the movement and properties of Waves.


Photovoltaic Efficiency of Solar Panels

Students will explore the factors that lead to photovoltaic cells being more or less
efficient in their capture of the Sun’s energy as stud
ents learn about electricity and
magnetism.


Construct: An Electromagnet for Separating Materials

Students will design an electromagnet to separate different types of metals in a
recycling plant as they explore electricity and magnetism.


Creative
Engineering Design

Students will investigate a real
-
world problem and design and build a solution to that
problem using the engineering design process.




Laboratory Activities:


Measurement
-

Use of sensors to measure velocity, distance, acceleration, tem
perature.
Using thermometers, tape measures, meter sticks, calipers. General overview of scalars
and vectors, coefficients of friction.

Simple Machines
-
Using force sensors to explore: Pulleys, levers, wheel and axles,
inclined planes, screws, forces, mec
hanical advantage, friction (static and
kinetic(rolling and sliding), impulse.

Potential and Kinetic Energy
-
Use of motion sensors to explore the Law of Conservation
of Energy, analyze from graphs of energy versus time, determine the change in
gravitational

potential energy of a falling ball
.

Forces and Acceleration
-
Using motion sensors to explore: Newton’s First and Second
laws with carts on inclined plane, Vector diagrams

Novato Unified School District

Course Outline

Subject:
Science

Circular Motion
-
Using force sensors and photogates explore: centripetal force on an
o
bject with varying speeds, masses, and radii.

Momentum
-

Using an air track, photogates, and motion sensors to explore:
Conservation of momentum, elastic and inelastic collisions.

Projectile Motion
-
Using a short range projectile launcher and photogates to e
xplore:
the relationships between initial speed and time of flight of a horizontally launched
projectile.

Heat Transfer and Transformations
-
Use of temperature sensors to explore: radiant
energy, and absorption and reflection of energy dependent on color of

a container.

Calorimetry
-

Use a calorimeter to explore the heat contained in various substances (oil,
water, etc
.
) and understand the relationships between energy lost or gained, the
change in temperature, and specific heat.

Oscillating Springs
-
Use of
slinkies to determine wavelength, compressional and
transverse

waves, interference,
and reflection
.

Diffraction, Refraction, Reflection, Lenses and Mirrors
-

Longer

term project using mirrors
and lenses to explore: diffraction, refraction, reflection, conca
ve and convex lenses
and mirrors, prisms, Snell’s law.

Light waves
-

Using a light sensor to explore: Light intensity as a function of distance
from the source.

Electric and Magnetic Fields
-
Using conductive ink
,
power supplies and voltage/current
sensor ex
plore the shape of the electric field. Using Faraday’s experiment; explore the
direction of magnetic field at different locations around an electromagnet
.

Simple circuits
-
Inquiry based unit
-

what is a circuit?, simple circuit diagrams, series and
parallel

circuits, equivalent circuits, switches, resistance, current, voltage, batteries,
using the ammeter and voltmeter, circuit analysis, Ohm’s law.


Textbooks

Title:

Conceptual Physics

Edition:

Eleventh

Edition

Publication Date:

200
9

Publisher:

Pearson Addison Wesley

Author(s):

Hewitt, Paul

Supplemental Textbook
/ Websites:


http://www.teachengineering.org/view_curricularunit.php?url=collection/van_/cur
ricul
ar_units/van_hybrid_design_curricularunit/van_hybrid_design_curricularunit.xml


http://www.teacheng
ineering.org/view_curricularunit.php?url=collection/cub_/curricul
ar_units/cub_housing/cub_housing_curricularunit.xml


http://www.teachengineering.org/view_curricularunit.php?url=collection/cub_/curricul
ar_units/cub_pveff/cub_pveff_curricularunit.xml


http://www.teachengineering.org/view_curricularunit.php?url=collection/cub_/curricul
ar_units/cub_simp_machines/cub_simp_machines_curricularunit.xml

Novato Unified School District

Course Outline

Subject:
Science


http://www.teachengineering.org/view_curricularunit.php?url=collection/cub_/curricul
ar_units/cub_creative/cub_creative_curricularunit.xml


http://www.teacheng
ineering.org/view_curricularunit.php?url=collection/cub_/curricul
ar_units/cub_service/cub_service_unit.xml


Instructional Methods and/or Strategies


Project
-
Based Learning

Inquiry Based Science

Flipped Instruction

Focus on 21
st

Century Skills

Student
-
Centered classroom


Assessment Methods and/or Tools


Tests and Quizzes: 30%

Project Collaboration (successful work with others): 10%

Project Communication (presentation in writing, speaking, and technology): 10%

Project Critical Thinking: 5%

Project Creativity: 5%

Project Work Ethic: 10%

Project Content: 10%

Non
-
Project
Lab work
, Classwork, and Homework: 10%

Reflection on Learning: 10%