PHYSICS

Platte Canyon High
School
Bailey, Colorado 
Physics Main Page 

COURSE OUTLINE 

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Units and Problem Solving 
Measuring, the
Metric System, Dimensional Analysis, Unit Conversions, Significant
Figures, and Problem Solving

Kinematics: Description
of Motion 
Distance and
Displacement, Speed and Velocity, Acceleration, Kinematic Equations, and
Freefall

Motion in Two Dimensions 
Components of
Motion, Vector Addition and Subtraction, Relative Velocity, and Projectile
Motion

Force and Motion 
The Concept of
Force and Net Force, Inertia and Newton's First Law of Motion, Newton's
Second Law of Motion, Applications of Newton's Second Law, Newton's Third
Law of Motion, and Friction

Work and Energy 
Work done by a
Constant Force, Kinetic Energy, Potential Energy, The Conservation of
Energy, and Power.

Momentum and Collisions 
Linear Momentum,
the Conservation of Momentum, Impulse, Elastic and Inelastic Collisions,
and the Center of Mass

Circular Motion and
Gravitation 
Angular Measure,
Angular Speed and Velocity, Uniform Circular Motion and Centripetal
Acceleration, Angular Acceleration , Newton's Law of Gravitation, and
Kepler's Laws.

Solids and Fluids 
Solids, Fluids,
Pressure and Pascal's Principle, Buoyancy and Archimedes' Principle,
Surface Tension, Capillary Action, Fluid Dynamics and Bernoulli's
Equation, Viscosity, Poiseuille's Law and Reynolds Number.

Thermodynamics 
Thermodynamics
Systems, States and Processes; the First Law of Thermodynamics, The Second
Law of Thermodynamics and Entropy.

Vibrations and Waves 
Simple Harmonic
Motion, Equations of Motion, Wave Motion, Wave Phenomena, Standing Waves
and Resonance.

Sound 
Sound Waves, The
Speed of Sound, Sound Intensity, Sound Phenomena, and the Doppler Effect.

Geometrical Optics:
Reflection and Refraction of Light 
Wave Fronts and
Rays, Reflections, Refractions, Total Internal Reflection and Fiber
Optics, and Dispersion.

Mirrors and Lenses 
Plane Mirrors,
Spherical Mirrors, Lenses, and Lens Aberrations.

Electric Charge, Forces
and Fields 
Electric Charge,
Electrostatic Charging, Electric Force, Electric Field, Conductors and
Electric Fields.

Electric Potential,
Energy, and Capacitance 
Electric
Potential Energy and Potential Difference, Equipotential Surfaces and the
Electric Field, Capacitance, Dielectrics, and Capacitors.

Electric Current and
Resistance 
Batteries and
Direct Current, Current and Drift Velocity, Resistance and Ohm's Law, and
Electric Power.

Basic Electric Circuits 
Resistances in
Series, Parallel and SeriesParallel Combinations, Ammeters and
Voltmeters, Household Circuits and Electrical Safety.

Magnetism 
Magnets and
Magnetic Poles, Electromagnetism, Magnetic Forces, and the Source of
Magnetic Fields, Magnetic Materials, and Applications of Electromagnetism.

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