Honors Physics

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Beginning of First Semester

Week 1: 8/28-8/31

Introduction to the class, including class policies.
Science as a means of acquiring knowledge.
Facts, hypotheses and theories.
Science, non-science and pseudo-science.
Review - week 1

Labor Day Weekend


Week 2: 9/5-9/8

Speed, velocity, acceleration and time.
Reference frames. Intro to Special Relativity.
Time dilation.
Review - week 2

Week 3: 9/11-9/15

Length contraction, mass increase.
Relativistic addition of velocities.
Fundamental forces. (Here's a good cartoon.)
Energy and relativistic energy.
Measurement and sig figs.
Intro to classical mechanics.
Review - week 3

Week 4: 9/18-9/22

The Kinematic Equations.
Displacement, speed, velocity and acceleration.
Free-fall.
Intro to motion graphs.
Review - week 4

Week 5: 9/25-9/29

Motion graphs: d-t, v-t, and a-t.
Review - week 5

Week 6: 10/2-10/6

Vectors: components, resultants, addition and multiplication.
Relative velocities in 2-D. Displacement problems.
2-D kinematic equations.
Review - week 6

Week 7: 10/9-10/13

Horizontal projectiles.
Non-horizontal projectiles.
Review - week 7

Week 8: 10/16-10/20

Projectiles with different initial and final heights.
Review - week 8

Week 9: 10/23-10/27

Inertial mass and gravitational mass.
The Higgs mechanism.
Newton's Laws of Motion.
Review - week 9

Beginning of Second Quarter


Week 10: 10/30-11/3

Free-body diagrams.
Apparent weight.
Terminal velocity.
Review - week 10

Week 11: 11/6-11/9

Static and kinetic friction coefficients. Motion problems, with friction.
Pulleys.
Review - week 11

Veteran's Day (11/12)


Week 12: 11/13-11/17

Pulleys and slopes. Pulley problems.
Review - week 12

Week 13: 11/20-11/21

A lot of practice.
Fictitious forces.
Review - week 13

Thanksgiving Break (11/22-11/24)


Week 14: 11/27-12/1

A history of astronomy, including mystical Greeks, scholarly Arabs, and the rise of heliocentrism.
Newton's theory of gravity.
Review - week 14

Week 15: 12/4-12/8

Einstein's theory of gravity: General Relativity.
Starbirth & stardeath. Neutron stars and black holes.
Review - week 15

Week 16: 12/11-12/15

Theories of cosmology.
Evidence for the Big Bang.
Possible fates of the universe. Dark energy.
Review - week 16

Week 17: 12/18-12/22

Momentum and impulse.
Conservation of momentum. 1-D collisions.
Review - week 17

Winter Break (12/25/2017-1/5/2018)


Week 18: 1/8-1/12

2-D collisions. Elastic and inelastic.
Review - week 18

MLK Day (1/15)


Week 19: 1/16-1/19

FINAL EXAMS

Beginning of Second Semester


Week 20: 1/22-1/26

Energy, work and power.
First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics.
Work-Energy theorem.
Conservative & non-conservative forces.
Review - week 20

Week 21: 1/29-2/2

Total Mechanical Energy.
Efficiency.
Introduction to rotation: angular velocity and angular acceleration.
Torque, moment of inertia, and angular momentum.
Review - week 21

Week 22: 2/5-2/9

The equations connecting linear and rotational.
Centripetal acceleration.
Non-uniform circular motion.
Rotational kinematics problems.

Week 23: 2/12-2/16

Moment of inertia.
Newton's 2nd Law, in rotational form.
Centripetal vs. centrifugal force.

President's Day (2/19)


Week 24: 2/20-2/23

Finish rotation.

Week 25: 2/26-3/2

Introduction to materials. Solids and fluids.
Stress & strain. Elastic modulus.
The stress-strain equations. Hooke's Law.
Simple harmonic motion, damped harmonic motion.
Review - week 25

Week 26: 3/5-3/9

Natural frequency and resonance.
Energy of springs.
Equations of SHM.
Review - week 26

Week 27: 3/12-3/16

Transverse and longitudinal waves.
Wave review: amplitude, frequency, period, wavelength. The wave equation.
Objective and subjective properties of sound.
Calculating intensity level (in dB).
Review - week 27

Week 28: 3/19-3/23

Harmonics. Chladni plates.
The ear.
Wave interference and beats.
Review - week 28

Beginning of Fourth Quarter


Week 29: 3/26-3/28

Physics of musical instruments.
Review - week 26

Spring Break (3/29-4/6)


Week 30: 4/9-4/13

SAT AND STATE TESTING
Intro to electrostatics. Fields and bosons.
Charge, electric field and Coulomb's Law.
Review - week 30

Week 31: 4/16-4/20

Current, resistance, voltage.
Intro to DC circuitry.
Adding series & parallel resistors.
Review - week 31

Week 32: 4/23-4/27

Ohm's Law. DC circuit analysis.
Electrical power.
Review - week 32

Week 33: 4/30-5/4

Types of waves: material, field, probability.
An intro to quantum mechanics.
Is light a wave or particle? And what's a photon?
Review - week 33

Week 34: 5/7-5/11

AP TESTS
The wave model of light. The light spectrum: logarithmic and linear scales.
Review - week 34

Week 35: 5/14-5/18

MORE AP TESTS
Refractive index. Snell's Law. Critical angle.
Anatomy of the eye.
Converging lenses, diverging lenses and ray diagrams.
Optics of the eye. Bad vision.
Review - week 35

Week 36: 5/22-5/26

SENIORS LAST WEEK
Very basic color theory. Color mixing.
Review - week 36

Memorial Day (5/28)


Week 37: 5/29-6/1

Three right-hand rules.
Magnetic field and magnetic force.
Flux and Faraday's Law.
Induced current and Lenz's Law.
Review - week 37

Week 38: 6/4-6/8

Motors & generators.
Finish Electromagnetism.
Review - week 38

Week 39: 6/11-6/13

FINAL EXAMS