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Mahomet-Seymour Schools

 Curriculum

Science - AP Physics

 

Mechanics

 

The learner will be able to define, distinguish, and relate the concepts of displacement, velocity, and acceleration.

 

The learner will be able to apply and understand the equations of kinematics.

 

The learner will be able to use graphs to analyze linear motion.

 

The learner will be able to solve problems related to real world applications of kinematics.

 

The learner will be able to distinguish between vectors and scalars and perform basic operations involving each.

 

The learner will be able to analyze projectile motion with the aide of vector components.

 

The learner will be able to solve problems involving relative motion.

 

The learner will be able to state and understand Newton's laws of motion and use the related concepts of force and mass.

 

The learner will be able to draw Free Body Diagrams in a variety of situations involving force such as weight, friction, tension, normal, etc.

 

The learner will be able to solve statics and dynamics problems with one or more objects with forces in multiple dimensions.

 

The learner will be able to use concepts of circular motion to solve problems involving centripetal acceleration.

 

The learner will be able to understand Newton's Universal Law of Gravitation and how it applies to situations such as satellites in orbit.

 

The learner will be able to define work.

 

The learner will be able to apply the work-energy theorems to solve problems.

 

The learner will be able to use conservation of energy in a variety of applications.

 

The learner will be able to define momentum and impulse.

 

The learner will be able to analyze elastic and inelastic collisions in multiple dimensions using the principle of conservation of momentum.

 

The learner will be able to define torque and apply this concept to statics problems.

 

The learner will be able to explain simple harmonic motion.

 

The learner will be able to use energy and dynamical considerations to describe and calculate periodic motion.

 

 

 

  

 

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Thermodynamics & Fluids

 

The learner will be able to define temperature, heat, and energy and distinguish between them.

 

The learner will be able to explain length contraction and expansion.

 

The learner will be able to solve problems involving kinetic theory and the ideal gas law.

 

The learner will be able to describe heat transfer between objects using the concepts of specific heat and latent heat.

 

The learner will be able to solve calorimetry problems.

 

The learner will be able to explain how conduction, convection, and radiation relate to heat transfer.

 

The learner will be able to state and understand the three laws of thermodynamics.

 

The learner will be able to solve first law problems including P-V diagrams and involving various processes.

 

The learner will be able to solve second law problems involving heat engines and the Carnot efficiency.

 

The learner will be able to understand and apply Pascal's principle to hydrostatic problems.

 

The learner will be able to define buoyancy and apply Archimedes principle to various applications.

 

The learner will be able to understand how Bernoulli's principle relates to hydrodynamics problems.

 

 

 

 

 

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Waves & Optics

 

The learner will be able to define wave motion and its related vocabulary and concepts.

 

The learner will be able to explain how reflection, refraction, interference, and diffraction relate to wave motion.

 

The learner will be able to analyze sound waves with respect to their intensity, amplitude and speed.

 

The learner will be able to apply concepts of wave motion to standing wave patterns and solve related problems.

 

The learner will be able to use the ray model of light to solve reflection and refraction problems.

 

The learner will be able to draw ray diagrams, describe images, and calculate the size of images involving various optical instruments (such as mirrors and lenses).

 

The learner will be able to explain total internal reflection and use Snell's Law as they relate to optic problems.

 

The learner will be able to describe and formulate experiments involving interference and diffraction.

 

The learner will be able to explain the wave nature of light and perform calculations involving interference and diffraction.

 

 

 

 

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Electricity & Magnetism

 

The Learner will be able to apply Coulomb's law of electric forces and use it to solve electrostatics problems.

 

The learner will be able to define a conductor and an insulator and explain charge by induction.

 

The learner will be able to draw field lines and understand the abstract concepts of an electric field.

 

The learner will be able to understand electric potential and use potential difference to solve problems.

 

The learner will be able to solve problems involving electric potential energy including capacitors.

 

The learner will be able to define and explain the purpose of a battery.

 

The learner will be able to understand current and resistance in circuits and solve problems using Ohm's law.

 

The learner will be able to describe a magnetic field and what creates one.

 

The learner will be able to solve problems involving magnetic forces including the three-dimensional aspects of magnetic fields and forces.

 

The learner will be able to use Faraday’s law to understand electromagnetic induction and generators.

 

The learner will be able to explore the properties of changing electric and magnetic fields including how Maxwell's equations describe electromagnetic waves.

 

The learner will be able to understand the wavelength, frequency, and speed of electromagnetic waves as well as the energy stored in them and the production of them.

 

 

 

  

 

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Modern Physics

 

The learner will be able to explain and describe various models of the atom during the introduction and development of quantum mechanics.

 

The learner will be able to understand Planck's quantum hypothesis and its effects on the concept of a photon.

 

The learner will be able to analyze how the photoelectric effect and the Compton effect support the particle properties of light.

 

The learner will be able to describe how light acts in a dual nature with both particle and wave properties.

 

The learner will be able to solve problems involving the Bohr model of the atom including spectral analysis.

 

The learner will be able to understand the quantum mechanical world and its philosophical implications.

 

The learner will be able to discuss the Heisenberg uncertainty principle and the probabilistic concepts of an electron wave function.

 

The learner will be able to describe the structure and properties of the atom and nucleus.

 

The learner will be able to write equations of alpha, beta, and gamma decay.

 

The learner will be able to calculate the binding energy of a nucleus.

 

The learner will be able to apply the concept of half-life to radioactive decay.

 

 

 

 

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