Theme 1: The Science of Matter and Energy

  Theme 1: The Science of Matter and Energy (~15 class periods or ~3 weeks)


  

Topics TAKS Objectives

Ch-1: What is Physics?

Ch-2: Mathematical Tool Kit





Objective-1: Scientific processes. The student, for at least 40% of instructional time, conducts field and laboratory investigations using safe, environmentally appropriate, and ethical practices.

Objective-2: Scientific processes. The student uses scientific methods during field and laboratory investigations.

Objective-3: Scientific processes. The student uses critical thinking and scientific problem solving to make informed decisions.


 

 

Ch-1 Subtopics Session Objectives Laboratory Exercises




1.1 Physics: The Search for Understanding








Relate – Theory experiment and applications to the role they play in physics research




Demonstrate – that while there is no single scientific method there are common methods used by the all the scientists















Pocket Lab: Falling




Egg Drop Method.








 

Ch-2 Subtopics Session Objectives Laboratory Exercises









2.1 The Measures of Science  

2.2 Measurement of Uncertainties

2.3 Visualizing Data










Define – the SI standards of measurements

Use – common metric prefixes

Estimate – measurement and predict solutions to the problems

Perform – arithmetic operations using scientific notation

Distinguish – between accuracy and precision

Graph – the relationships between independent and dependent variables

Recognize – linear and direct relationships

Interpret – the slope of the curve






Demonstration with Calipers (PV)

How good is your eye

How far around

Experimental data with PASCO Equipment (PV)




 

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