Conceptual Physics

Important Documents for the class:


Unit 1: The Physics of Driving

  • Reaction Time
  • Average/Instantaneous Speed, Constant Velocity, Reaction Distance
  • Graphing Motion (constant and accelerating): d,v,a/ braking distance

CC: Infographic: The Dangers of Distracted driving 


Unit 2: The Physics of Roller Coasters

  • Energy (KE, PE, Conservation) and Work (Work Energy Theorem)

CC: Roller Coaster 


Unit 3: Physics in Motion   

  •  Newton’s Laws/Forces

CC: Drag Race 


Unit 4: The Physics of Rocketry  

  • Momentum
  • Impulse and Change in Momentum/Crumple Zone/Airbags
  • Work
  • Conservation of Momentum/ Collisions

CC: Rocket Launch


Unit 5: The Physics of Music

  • Sound in strings
  • Wave mechanics
  • Sound in air

CC: Bash the Trash Musical


Unit 6: Physics of Electricity and Circuits

  • Static Electricity and Coulomb’s Law, Electricity and Magnetism Connection
  • Generating and Modeling Electricity
  • Ohm’s Law
  • Series and Parallel Circuits and Circuit Diagrams
  • Electric power and Comparing Energy Consumption: More For Your Money

CC: Power Grid