• Physics 1

    Physics 1 is designed for high school students in grades 11 & 12. Topics studied include kinematics (motion), dynamics (forces), energy, linear momentum, electricity & magnetism, waves, and thermal physics (heat). The course requires that students be comfortable describing and solving real-world problems using algebra and basic trigonometry. The course also requires vector math, but this topic is taught at the beginning of the course. The course is supported by an interactive, inquiry-based laboratory environment where students gain hands-on experience with the concepts being studied. The content of the course course exceeds the requirements of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for high school physics.

  • Laboratory

    Notes pp. 13-42

    Laboratory safety, style guides and rubrics for laboratory notebooks and formal reports, laboratory equipment, performing experiments.

    The purpose of this chapter is to teach skills necessary for designing and carrying out laboratory experiments, recording data, and writing summaries of the experiment in different formats.

    • Designing & Performing Experiments discusses strategies for coming up with your own experiments and carrying them out.
    • Accuracy & PrecisionUncertainty & Error Analysis, and Recording and Analyzing Data discuss techniques for working with the measurements taken during laboratory experiments.
    • Keeping a Laboratory Notebook and Formal Laboratory Reports discuss ways in which you might communicate (write up) your laboratory experiments.

    Calculating uncertainty (instead of relying on significant figures) is a new and challenging skill that will be used in lab write-ups throughout the year.

    Skills learned & applied in this topic:

    • Designing laboratory experiments
    • Error analysis (calculation & propagation of uncertainty)
    • Formats for writing up lab experiments