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SC5900: Physics

Course Description

Are you curious about the world around us and the world beyond us? Physics is a laboratory based course that includes the study and investigation of Newton's Laws of Motion  gravitational and electrical forces- sound- light and the transfer- transformation and conservation of energy within systems. Students learn to use concepts such as energy and matter- systems- cause and effect- and scale- proportion and quantity to connect ideas across the different scientific disciplines.Students learn science concepts through engaging in science and engineering practices of asking questions- modeling- and constructing explanations and arguments. Laboratory experiences engage students in asking questions- planning- and carrying out investigations- analyzing- intepreting- and communicating information. Mathematical and computational thinking are incorporated throughout. Students also engage in engineering practices such as design and evaluation. Considerable effort is made to relate physics theory with real-world and laboratory experiences.

Essential Standards

  • Evaluate evidence of the past and current movements of continental and oceanic crust and the theory of plate tectonics to explain the ages of crustal rocks. (HS-ESS1-5)
  • Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth's surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems. (HS-ESS2-2)
  • Develop a model based on evidence of Earth's interior to describe the cycling of matter by thermal convection. (HS-ESS2-3)
  • Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth's systems result in changes in climate. (HS-ESS2-4)
  • Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts. (HS-ETS1-3)
  • Analyze data to support the claim that Newton's second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration. (HS-PS2-1)
  • Use mathematical representations to support the claim that the total momentum of a system of objects is conserved when there is no net force on the system. (HS-PS2-2)
  • Apply scientific and engineering ideas to design, evaluate, and refine a device that minimizes the force on a macroscopic object during a collision. (HS-PS2-3)
  • Use mathematical representations of Newton's Law of Gravitation and Coulomb's Law to describe and predict the gravitational and electrostatic forces between objects. (HS-PS2-4)
  • Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that an electric current can produce a magnetic field and that a changing magnetic field can produce an electric current. (HS-PS2-5)
  • Develop and use models to illustrate that energy at the macroscopic scale can be accounted for as a combination of energy associated with the motion of particles (objects) and energy associated with the relative position of particles (objects). (HS-PS3-2)
  • Design, build, and refine a device that works within given constraints to convert one form of energy into another form of energy. (HS-PS3-3)
  • Use mathematical representations to support a claim regarding relationships among the frequency, wavelength, and speed of waves traveling in various media. (HS-PS4-1)
  • Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning behind the idea that electromagnetic radiation can be described either by a wave model or a particle model, and that for some situations one model is more useful than the other. (HS-PS4-3)
  • Communicate technical information about how some technological devices use the principles of wave behavior and wave interactions with matter to transmit and capture information and energy. (HS-PS4-5)