# WHitney Young Magent High School

## ARISE PHYSICS

### Created by the ARISE Whitney Young Project

DESCRIPTION & SYLLABUS
This introductory course follows a phenomenological approach, ie., loads of hands-son activities. Each unit as listed in the syllabus below lasts about 3 weeks. This curriculum, however, has undergone radical restructuring since it did not fit the required CASE exams. We used to cover light, for example, in the first semester instead of the second. Conceptual Physics by Paul Hewitt is given to students as a textbook for reference material.

Note: These 3-week units are organized to reflect material covered in the semester CASE exams.

### FIRST SEMESTER

Unit 1: MEASUREMENT, VELOCITY & ACCELERATION
Error & Measurement, Triangulation, Graphing, Motion equations, Frames of reference

Unit 2: NEWTON'S LAWS OF MOTION & UNIVERSAL GRAVITATION
Inertia, friction, force, Action/reaction, Astronomy

Unit 3: VECTORS & PROJECTILE MOTION
Static Equilibrium, Center of mass, Torque, Range calculations, Terminal velocity

Unit 4: CIRCULAR & SIMPLE HARMONIC MOTION
Centripetal force, Rotational inertia, Angular momentum, Simple harmonic motion (pendulums, springs)

Unit 5: MOMENTUM & ENERGY
Elastic/Inelastic collisions, KE, PE, & Work energy, Power

Unit 6: HEAT
Temperature, specific heat, Heats of fusion/vaporization, Thermodynamics, global warming

### SECOND SEMESTER

Unit 7: WAVES
Standing, longitudinal, & transverse waves, Resonance & harmonics

Unit 8: REFLECTION & REFRACTION
Plane, concave, & convex mirrors, Real & virtual images, Fresnel, concave, convex lenses

Unit 7: PHYSICAL OPTICS & COLOR
Interference, diffraction, Polarization, Color dispersion & absorption

Unit 10: ELECTRICITY
Electric fields and forces, Parallel & series circuits, Ohm's law, Resistance, current, voltage

Unit 11: ELECTROMAGNETISM
Magnets & coils, Geomagnetism, Motors & generators, Induction & fields, Electromagnetic waves

Unit 12: NUCLEAR PHYSICS
Nuclear power, generation, & waste disposal, Decay curves & half life, Nuclear transmutation

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