## Best Practice High School

## CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS FOR FRESHMEN

Physics and Algebra Coordination

The Fermilab team from Best Practice High School has attempted to integrate the first year algebra subject matter with topics taught in freshmen physics. Creating a lab-based algebra program that will work cooperatively with the physics class can support the students learning by introducing the topics in both classes at the same time frame increases in complexity but will continuously include the following three topics.

Measurement -emphasis in the SI, Rates & Conversions

Data Collection -w/o Clarisworks Spreadsheet

Graphing -w/o Clarisworks Graphs & Graphical Analysis, Interpolation, ExtrapolationIn addition, during the course of the year the following concepts will be taught to support the physics program.

Problem Solving- ability to select appropriate formula from given data and solve that equation

- describe a problem verbally and brainstorm a methodology to solve the problem

- reasonableness and estimation of solution

Basic Statistics- mean, mode, median, average, percent, significant digits,

- scientific notation, powers of ten

Methodology of Solving Formulas- Order of operations

- Manipulation

Collecting original data, graphing the information

Ratio and Proportion- direct, inverse, indirect to the square, direct to the square

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