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  Welcome to Standard Level Physics 1-2!
Physics is the study of the interaction of matter and energy with our environment.  This is the first year of a two-year inquiry and algebra-based physics course, jointly addressing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for high school physics and a portion of the IB Standard Level Physics standards.  The remaining IB SL Physics standards are completed in IB SL Physics 3-4, which is the second year of the course sequence.  Students will be engaged in the study of basic mechanics, waves, electric circuits, and earth/space sciences, with the latter unit relating to applications of physics and addressing additional NGSS requirements.  The world of mechanics includes the fields of kinematics, dynamics, and energy.  Waves encompass a detailed study of the physics of vibrations and how they lead to energy transfer via oscillating meda.  Electric circuits addresses voltage, resistance, current, power, magnetism, and induction.  The first year ends with applications of physics in earth and space sciences.  Examples of specific topics are continental drift, mountain formation, and select topics in astrophysics and cosmology.  The course uses the district adopted textbook, Active Physics, which engages students in a largely inquiry-based, experimental science philosophy.  Students will be expeosed to the theorietical, experimental, and engineering aspects of physics, thus attaing the skills to excel at theoretical problem solving, experimental design and analysis, and the engineering design cycle.

Although the primary goal of the course is to prepare the student for the NGSS state science exam, it should also be understood that the topics for the IB Standard Level curriculum are meant to prepare students for the IB SL Physics exam.  There is a level of compatibility between these two sets of standards, with the IB curriculum generally expanding on standard physics content beyond those minimal requirements espoused by the state through NGSS.  Thus, the first-year course will also serve to partially explore the IB standards that are shared with NGSS and covered in Active Physics.  If a student wishes to continue their studies in physics for year two, they will be able to do so by enrolling in IB SL Physics 3-4 after successful completion of the first year course.  In this case, the second year will cover the remaining topics for the Standard Level curriculum while also preparing students for the IB SL Physics exam.
Course at a Glance    
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Chapter 1:  Driving the Roads Current Chapter Assignments Re-assessment Only! Additional Assignments
Section 1:  Reaction Time  Physics to Go:  #1,2,4,6 Physics to Go:  #3,5,7

Always engage in discussion with your team. 

In your Active Physics Logs, document responses to "What Do You Know?", "What Do You Know Now?", and "What Do You See Now?". 

Document your "Investigate" by recording all information into your logs.  Annotate your investigation for clarity.

"Essential Questions", "Reflecting on the Section and the Challenge" and "Preparing for the Chapter Challenge", althought discussed, need not be logged.

Section 2:  Measurement  Physics to Go:  #2,4,6,8 Physics to Go:  #1,3,5,7
Section 3:  Average Speed  Physics to Go:  #1,3,6,8,11 Physics to Go:  #2,4,5,7,10
Section 4:  Graphing Motion  Physics to Go:  #2,6,10,12,16 Physics to Go:  #1,5,9,11,15
Chapter Mini-challenge  Document in your Active Physics Logs  
Section 5:  Negative Acceleration  Physics to Go:  #2,3,5,7,8 Physics to Go:  #1,4,6,9,10
Section 6:  Using Models  Physics to Go:  #1,4,6,7 Physics to Go:  #2,3,5,8
Section 7:  Centripetal Force  Physics to Go:  #2,4,8,10,11 Physics to Go:  #1,3,7,9,12
Final Chapter Challenge  Document in your Active Physics Logs  
         
Summative Assessment:  Chapter 1 Practice Test
Formative Assessments:  Short Chapter Quizzes
Chapter 2:  Physics in Action Current Chapter Assignments Re-assessment Only! Additional Assignments
Section 1:  Newton's First Law Physics to Go:  #1,4,6,7 Physics to Go:  #2,3,5,9 The addtional assignment notes for Chapter 1:  Driving the Roads, applies to this chapter as well!

Summative Assessment:  Chapter 2 Practice Test

Formative Assessments:  Short Chapter Quizzes
Section 2:  Constant Speed and Acceleration Physics to Go:  #2,4,5,8,11 Physics to Go:  #1,3,7,9,13
Section 3:  Newton's Second Law Physics to Go:  #3,5,6,11,16 Physics to Go:  #2,4,8,12,15
Section 4:  Projectile Motion Physics to Go:  #1,4,5,8,9 Physics to Go:  #2,3,6,7,10
Section 5:  The Range of Projectiles Physics to Go:  #1,3,4,8,9 Physics to Go:  #2,5,6,7,10
Chapter Mini-challenge Document in your Active Physics Log  
Section 6:  Newton's Third Law Physics to Go:  #1,3,6 Physics to Go:  #2,5,7
Section 7:  Frictional Forces Physics to Go:  #2,4,7,8,10 Physics to Go:  #1,3,5,6,9
Section 8:  Potential and Kinetic Energy Physics to Go:  #3,6,7,10,15 Physics to Go:  #1,5,9,11,14
Section 9:  Conservation of Energy Physics to Go:  #4,6,7,12,16 Physics to Go:  #3,5,11,15,17
Final Chapter Challenge Document in your Active Physics Log  
         
       
       
Chapter 3:  Safety Current Chapter Assignments Re-assessment Only! Additional Assignments
Section 1:  Accidents      The addtional assignment notes for Chapter 1:  Driving the Roads, applies to this chapter as well!

Chapter 3 Practice Test - Google Form
Section 2:  Newton's 1st Law of Motion    
Section 3:  Energy and Work    
Section 4:  Newton's 2nd Law of Motion    
Chapter Mini-challenge    
Section 5:  Momentum    
Section 6:  Conservation of Momentum    
Section 7:  Impulse and Changes in Momemtnum    
Final Chapter Challenge    
         
       
       
Chapter 4:  Thrills and Chills Current Chapter Assignments Re-assessment Only! Additional Assignments
Section 1:  Velocity and Acceleration     The addtional assignment notes for Chapter 1:  Driving the Roads, applies to this chapter as well!

Chapter 4 Practice Test - Google Form
Section 2:  Gravitational Potential Energy    
Section 3:  Spring Potential Energy    
Section 4:  Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation    
Section 5:  Hooke's Law    
Chapter Mini-challenge    
Section 6:  Forces acting During Acceleration    
Section 7:  Circular Motion    
Section 8:  Work and Power    
Section 9:  Force and Energy    
Section 10:  Safety is Required    
Final Chapter Challenge    
         
       
       
Chapter 5:  Let Us Entertain You Current Chapter Assignments Re-assessment Only! Additional Assignments
Section 1:  Sounds in Vibrating Strings      The addtional assignment notes for Chapter 1:  Driving the Roads, applies to this chapter as well!

Chapter 5 Practice Test - Google Form
Section 2:  Making Waves    
Section 3:  Sounds in Strings Revisited    
Section 4:  Sounds from Vibrating Air    
Chapter Mini-challenge    
         
       
       
Chapter 6:  Electricity for Everyone Current Chapter Assignments Re-assessment Only! Additional Assignments
Section 1:  Generating Electricity     The addtional assignment notes for Chapter 1:  Driving the Roads, applies to this chapter as well!

Chapter 6 Practice Test - Google Form
Section 2:  Modeling Electricity    
Section 3:  Series and Parallel Circuits    
Section 4:  Ohm's Law    
Section 5:  Electric Power    
Section 6:  Current, Voltage, and Resistance....    
Chapter Mini-challenge    
         
       
       
Chapter 7:  Toys for Understanding Current Chapter Assignments Re-assessment Only! Additional Assignments
Section 1:  The E and B Connection     The addtional assignment notes for Chapter 1:  Driving the Roads, applies to this chapter as well!

Chapter 7 Practice Test - Google Form
Section 2:  Electromagnets    
Section 3:  Building a Motor    
Chapter Mini-challenge    
Section 4:  Detect and Induce Currents    
Section 5:  AC and DC Currents    
Section 6:  Electromagnetic Spectrum    
Final Chapter Challenge    
         
         
         
  Supplemental A:  Earth Science Current Chapter Assignments Re-assessment Only! Additional Assignments
         
  Supplemental B: Astrophysics Current Chapter Assignments Re-assessment Only! Additional Assignments