Course ID: 03151AS17-2
Credits: 0.5
Term: Spring 2017

Algebra I and II recommended, Physics segment 1

Course Description:

We stand on the shoulders of giants.  Whether by observation, experimentation or brilliant insight, the progress of physics through the centuries has been advanced by scientific geniuses who wanted to know how things work.  You’ll find out for yourself when you take this course and visit “Physics World.” In each “Physics World” module, you’ll discover the contributions of geniuses like Galileo, Newton and Einstein.  In their work, you’ll learn the concepts, theories and laws that govern the interaction of matter, energy and forces.  From tiny atoms to galaxies with millions of stars, the universal laws of physics are there for you to observe and apply.  Using laboratory activities, videos, software, and websites, you’ll follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest thinkers. This is a serious course that will make you think.  It will also make you appreciate the beauty and importance of the science that governs our lives.

Topics & Concepts:
  • Temperature and Heat
  • Conservation of Thermal Energy
  • Kinetic and Potential Energy
  • Work and Power
  • Conductors and Insulators
  • MUHSA Electrical Fields and Forces
  • Simple Circuits
  • Components
  • Charge Motion
  • Simple DC Circuits
  • Capacitors
  • Schematic Diagrams
  • Series Circuits
  • Parallel Circuits
  • Simple Harmonic Motion
  • Pendulum Equation
  • Wave Components
  • Mechanical Universe video – Waves
  • Wave Equation
  • Ray Diagrams
  • Refraction
  • Lenses
  • Lens Equation
  • Snell’s Law
  • Atomic Theory
  • Elements of Physics: Matter – Atoms and Molecules
  • Fundamental Particles
  • Duality of Light
  • Photoelectric Effect
  • Strong Nuclear Force
  • Radioactivity
  • Nuclear Fission and Nuclear Fusion
  • Special Relativity
  • Cosmology

Offerings and courses subject to change. Please refer to the VTVLC Student Information System as the most up-to-date resource of current offerings and required materials for courses.