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High School Physics Curriculum

  Following is a tentative curriculum by week. Topics will be added as necessary.

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Vectors in Physics
    • Scalars versus Vectors
    • The Components of Vectors
    • Adding and Subtracting Vectors
    • Position, Displacement, Velocity and Acceleration Vectors
    • Relative Motion
  4. Two- Dimensional Kinematics
    • Motion in Two Dimensions
    • Projectile Motion: Basic Equations
    • Zero Launch Angle
    • General Launch Angle
  5. 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
  6. Applications of Newton’s Laws
    • Frictional Forces
    • Strings and Springs
    • Translational Equilibrium
    • Connected Objects
    • Circular Motion
  7. Work and Kinetic Energy
    • Work Done by a Constant Force
    • Kinetic Energy and the Work-Energy Theorem
    • Work Done by a Variable Force
    • Power
  8. Potential Energy and Conservative Forces
    • Conservative and Non-Conservative Forces
    • Potential Energy and the Work Done by Conservative Forces
    • Conservation of Mechanical Energy
    • Work Done by Non-Conservative Forces
  9. Linear Momentum and Collisions
    • Linear Momentum
    • Momentum and Newton’s Second Law
    • Impulse
    • Conservation of Linear Momentum
    • Inelastic Collisions
    • Elastic Collisions