Every time you catch a ball, ride a bike, or lift a bag, you are using physics to make predictions without realizing it.  For example, you predict where obstacles will be at later tiphysics webmes.  You estimate how much force it will take to move an object.  You prevent objects from rolling away or tipping over.  Mechanics is the branch of physics that deals with the effects of forces and energy in a given situation.  In this unit, you will learn many interesting facts about forces, motion, and energy. (Prentice Hall Conceptual Physics-Paul Hewitt)

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Lectures and Notes:

Syllabus (Conceptual Physics)
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Chapter 1 Student Notes (About Physics)
Chapter 2 Student Notes (Mechanical Equilibrium)
Chapter 3 Student Notes (Newton’s First Law)
Chapter 4 Student Notes (Linear Motion)
Chapter 1 PowerPoint Lecture (About Physics)
Chapter 2 PowerPoint Lecture (Mechanical Equilibrium)
Chapter 3 PowerPoint Lecture (Newton’s First Law)
Chapter 4 PowerPoint Lecture (Linear Motion)
Practice Quiz: Chapter 1 & 2
Practice Quiz: Chapter 3
Practice Quiz: Chapter 4


Worksheet: Chapter 1 & 2 Review
Worksheet: Chapter 2 Equation Review
Worksheet: Linear Motion Word Problems
Worksheet: Practice Quiz-Linear Motion
Worksheet: Free Fall Word Problems
Worksheet: Practice Quiz-Free Fall
Worksheet: Chapter 1 Defining Terms
Worksheet: Chapter 2 Defining Terms
Worksheet: Chapter 3 Defining Terms
Worksheet: Chapter 4 Defining Terms

Labs and Classroom Activities:

Lab: The “Black Box”
Lab: Evidence vs. Inference
Lab: How is a Controlled Experiment Performed?
Lab: Dominoes and Velocity
Lab: Introduction to Forces
Lab: Newton’s First Law
Lab: Frictional Forces
Lab: Motion and Forces
Lab: Free Fall and Air Resistance
Lab: Reaction Time

Textbook Resources:

Conceptual Physics Paul Hewitt
Hewitt Drew-it


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