

High School Physics Curriculum


Following is a tentative curriculum by week. Topics will be added as necessary.
 Introduction: What is Physics?
 Physics and the Laws of Nature
 Unit of Length, Mass and Time
 Dimensional Analysis
 Significant Figures
 Converting Units
 Order of Magnitude Calculations
 Problem Solving in Physics
 One Dimensional Kinematics
 Position, Distance and Displacement
 Average Velocity and Velocity
 Instantaneous Velocity
 Acceleration
 Motion with Constant Acceleration
 Applications of the Equations of Motion
 Free Falling Objects
 Vectors in Physics
 Scalars versus Vectors
 The Components of Vectors
 Adding and Subtracting Vectors
 Position, Displacement, Velocity and Acceleration Vectors
 Relative Motion
 Two Dimensional Kinematics
 Motion in Two Dimensions
 Projectile Motion: Basic Equations
 Zero Launch Angle
 General Launch Angle
 Newton’s Laws of Motion
 Force and Mass
 Newton’s Three Laws
 The Vector Nature of Forces: Forces in Two Dimensions
 Weight vs. Mass
 Normal Forces
 Applications of Newton’s Laws
 Frictional Forces
 Strings and Springs
 Translational Equilibrium
 Connected Objects
 Circular Motion
 Work and Kinetic Energy
 Work Done by a Constant Force
 Kinetic Energy and the WorkEnergy Theorem
 Work Done by a Variable Force
 Power
 Potential Energy and Conservative Forces
 Conservative and NonConservative Forces
 Potential Energy and the Work Done by Conservative Forces
 Conservation of Mechanical Energy
 Work Done by NonConservative Forces
 Linear Momentum and Collisions
 Linear Momentum
 Momentum and Newton’s Second Law
 Impulse
 Conservation of Linear Momentum
 Inelastic Collisions
 Elastic Collisions


