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Conceptual Physics I          TBA Fall 2017

Grades: Middle/High School/College: (Difficulty level varies per age group).  This class is great for non-math majors!  It is designed for the more serious student who wants to envelop a larger understanding of basic physics, but without the pressure of difficult word problems; just pure conceptual knowledge of learning physics for the purity of it!  Crazy theories explored and creative assignments and activities encouraged! 

This course is designed to introduce the concepts and principles of Physics.  Students study a wide variety of topics in physics that are components of the major themes of “energy and matter”.  Topics include: motion and forces, work, energy and power.   Activities will allow a student to experience a firsthand account classical physics by using their physical abilities in athletics as lab activities.
Topics covered:
  • Speed

  • Velocity  (Topic 1)

  • Acceleration  (Topic 2, etc)

  • Uniform Acceleration

  • Graphing motion


  • Uniform Acceleration (acceleration due to gravity)

  • Projectile Motion


  • Newton’s Laws

  •  Induced Forces


  • Uniform Circular Motion

  • Centripetal Forces

  • Planetary Motion

  • Gravity


  • Energy

  • Work

  • Power

  • Conservation of Energy Principles

  • Springs and Simple Harmonic Motion

  • Momentum and Impulse

  • Conservation of Momentum

  • Torque and Balance: rotational inertia

  • Conservation of Angular Momentum (spin rates/arm tuck experiments)

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Topics covered:

​             Part I: Kinematics

  • Four fundamental forces of nature and Newtonian forces  (est 3 hrs)

  • The scientific method and benefits of rationalism in approaching solving problems for all fields of study (est. 2hrs)

  • Introduction to motion and a look at how motion exists through multidimensional space (est 2 hrs)

  • Speed  (est. 2 hrs)

  • Velocity  (Topic 1)  (est.1 hr)

       [speed vs velocity review  est. 1           hr]


  • Acceleration (average and instantaneous) (est 2 hrs)

  • Graphing motion (est 2 hrs)

   Review conceptual motion exam (est 1 hr)

  • Motion with constant acceleration (est 1 hr)

  • Falling bodies  (est 1 hr)

  • Projectile Motion introduction (est 1 hr)

  • physical motion discussion/ demonstration of  kinematic motion and projectile bodies  (e​st 4 hrs)


Review motion with constant acceleration and projectile motion (est. 2 hr)  

Projectile motion and motion at constant acceleration exam (1 hr)

Total estimated hours for kinematics: 25hrs

Section II

  • Newton’s Laws 

    • description and examples of Newton's first law (est. 2 hrs)​

      • subplot Newton's first law:​

        • friction (est 1 hr)

  • Newton's second law​
    • description and examples (est. 2 hrs)​
  • Newton's third law
    • description and examples (est. 2 hrs)​
  • Uniform Circular Motion
    • Centripetal Forces (est. 2 hrs) 
    • Planetary Motion

      • satellites​ (est. 2 hrs)

    • Examples of uniform circular motion manifested (est. 2 hrs)​

  • Gravity

    • Newton's 3rd law and gravity (est. 1 hr)​​​

    • Bending of space time due to gravity (est. 2 hrs)

    • Relativity  (est. 1 hr)

    • Kepler's Laws (est 1hr)

    • How heavenly bodies (planets and galaxies operated due to gravity (est 3 hrs)


​ [Review of Newton's laws and gravity  (est. 2 hrs)]​

Unit II exam (est. 1 hr)

Total estimated hours for section II: 24 hrs

Section III

  • Energy 

    • Work​ (est. 2hrs)

    • Mechanical energy 

      • gravitational potential (est. 1 hr)​

      • elastic potential (est. 2 hrs)

      • translational kinetic (est. 1 hr)

      • rotational kinetic (est. 1hr)

    • What IS energy as a particle? (est. 3 hrs)

    • Power (est. 2 hrs)

  • Conservation of Energy Principles  (est 2 hrs)

[Review on energy est. 2 hrs]

  • Springs and Simple Harmonic Motion (est. 1 hr)

  • Momentum (est 1 hr)

    • examples of momentum  simulated (est 1hr)​

    • impulse and collisions (est 1 hr)

    • examples of impulse experienced (est. 1hr)

  • Conservation of Momentum (est. 2 hrs)


Review on momentum (est 1 hr)

Exam on energy, momentum and conservation of energy and momentum [est 1hr]

  • Rotational motion (concept in nature) (est. 1 hr)

    • angular displacement, ​angular speed, angular acceleration (est 1hr.)

    • examples of rotational motion (est. 1 hr)

    • Moment of inertia/rotational inertia (est. 1 hr)

      • examples of ​rotational inertia (est. 1 hr)

    • Torque; examples (est 1 hr)

  • Conservation of Angular Momentum (spin rates/arm tuck experiments) (est 1 hr)

Review on rotational motion (1 hr)


  Exam on rotational motion (1 hr)

Total estimated hours for section III: 34 hrs

Total time for course without  extras: 83 hrs

6 hrs/wk: 14 weeks

Optional (in class assignments)

In class word problems given and discussed:  


  • For section I 

  • For section II 

  • For section III 

  • Homework review 

Total time for course with  extras: 95 hrs

7 hrs/wk: 14 weeks


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