Course Description:

Students in physics will learn a process through which they can discover the basic workings of the universe. Physics is a laboratory science course that examines the relationship between matter and energy and how they interact. This course will have a strong emphasis in the mathematics of physics. Students explore physics concepts through an inquiry approach.

This is the third year of a science course sequence that follows the content standards of the Next Generation Science Standards.  Students are challenged to use the Science and Engineering Practices and see the Crosscutting Concepts that are common to all science courses.

Unit Structure:

This course covers topics in mechanics including motion in one and two dimensions, vectors, Newton’s Laws,  momentum, energy and waves.  Topics in electric forces, electric energy, simple circuits and simple optics may also be included.

Common Assessments:

All Physics courses in District 87 give a group of common questions on their final exams.  Common formative assessments are in the process of being created.  

Curriculum Documents:

Unit 1. Constant Velocity

Unit 2.  Constant Acceleration

Unit 3.  Inertia

Unit 4.  Newton’s Second Law

Unit 5.  Energy

Unit 6.  Momentum

Unit 7. Gravity

Unit 8.  Waves