Welcome to Brian's Physics Class 20182019...
Use this webpage as your guide for studying, homework (online and/or papers given in class), resources, and more links related to classwork.
Week 1: Intro/review
Review and sign syllabus. The PDF is available at the bottom of this page if you lose the one given out in class.
Download digital textbook or request a print copy (click this link)
Sign up for Web Assign, our online homework portal
1. Go to https://webassign.net/login.html and click Enroll with Class Key.
2. Enter the class key: asdk12.ak 3942 8260
3. Create an account
4. DO NOT pay. Access codes will be provided after the first week or two of class.
Complete the first assignment on significant figures, scientific notation, and conversions by MONDAY
Week 2: intro/review
complete second assignment on Web Assign
Units and measurements lab
review sig figs, conversions, etc quiz to follow
Week 36: Kinematics
Make 3 graphs using this app as a resource
Review and sign syllabus. The PDF is available at the bottom of this page if you lose the one given out in class.
Download digital textbook or request a print copy (click this link)
Sign up for Web Assign, our online homework portal
1. Go to https://webassign.net/login.html and click Enroll with Class Key.
2. Enter the class key: asdk12.ak 3942 8260
3. Create an account
4. DO NOT pay. Access codes will be provided after the first week or two of class.
Complete the first assignment on significant figures, scientific notation, and conversions by MONDAY
Week 2: intro/review
complete second assignment on Web Assign
Units and measurements lab
review sig figs, conversions, etc quiz to follow
Week 36: Kinematics
Make 3 graphs using this app as a resource
Our essential, or guiding questions are listed in the order we address them during the course. Study these!
The study of physics is a model for learning complex, interrelated material and will serve you regardless of the future you choose to pursue, and part of the journey requires "accommodation" or changes to the way your brain assumes the world works. Hence, the process is difficult at times.
As the course progresses, I expect you to apply the knowledge by solving problems on paper, in the lab, and on quizzes and tests. You will almost always be allowed to use notes on quizzes, tests, etc. I encourage collaboration to build strategies amongst peers about how to take good notes in a science setting so please bring this topic up in class by asking questions!
SEMESTER 1
How can understanding units instruct us how to solve a problem in physics, chemistry, etc? (week 12)
do you know what dimensional analysis means?
do you know the fundamental S.I. units that are used in the equation you are applying?
can you estimate the answer to a complex problem using unit conversions? Can you break a complex problem into manageable pieces?
What is the relationship between an objects position, velocity, acceleration and time? (week 36)
What does it mean to change an object's state of motion? What is required to do so?
how do you apply mathematics to explain/predict these relationships (you even use the equations unknowingly in everyday life)?
(optional) how do these relationships explain the field of differential calculus?
How do outside forces affect motion (this builds on the study of motion)? (week 78)
what is possible to predict using Newtonian logic/equations/rules?
how can models (freebody diagrams) help explain what forces are acting on an object?
How do Newtonian laws describe forces on objects (the crux of most mechanical engineering). (week 910)
how does force relate to pressure, tension, stress, torque?
How can we apply our knowledge of motion and forces to more complex (2 dimensional situations)? (week 12)
how do we study a flying projectile's motion in each dimension separately?
when do I need to use a vector? how do I break a vector into simpler pieces?
how can an object on a ramp be compared to a triangle
what does trigonometry (specifically the sine, cosine, and tangent functions) tell us about 2d situations?
What is energy and why are people scared of thermodynamics?! (week 13)
How do we relate force, displacement, energy, work, and power?
In what ways do the equations and mathematics agree with your everyday life?
SEMESTER 2
The study of mechanics involves an understanding of work and energy
 What is energy and how is it transferred from one form to another?
 How can the work done on or by an object be determined?
 What are the different forms of energy and how are they calculated?
Momentum and collisions define motion, while gravity and inertia play a part in circular motion.
 How does a force alter the momentum of an object?
 How is the momentum conserved for a system in an elastic and an inelastic collision?
 What energy changes occur in elastic and inelastic collisions?
 What are the characteristics of an object with rotational motion?
What is simple harmonic motion, and in what situations does it occur?
How can the motion of a pendulum or massspring system be modeled?
What are the properties of waves, and what are the different types of waves?
What are sound waves, how are a sound wave’s properties affected by distance, motion, medium, and temperature?
How do waves interfere with one another?
What are the properties of electromagnetic waves, and how is electromagnetic radiation useful?
How is the behavior of light as it is reflected or refracted modeled?
 How do images form, and what are the properties of images formed by different types of mirrors and lenses?
What is electric charge, and how is it affected by an electric field?
 How is an electric force modeled, and what factors affect the magnitude of the electric force between two charges?
 What is the relationship between current, potential difference, and resistance in a circuit?
 How are resistors used in circuits to transfer energy?
 What are the components of an electric circuit, how does the arrangement of a circuit affect the components of the circuit?
The study of physics is a model for learning complex, interrelated material and will serve you regardless of the future you choose to pursue, and part of the journey requires "accommodation" or changes to the way your brain assumes the world works. Hence, the process is difficult at times.
As the course progresses, I expect you to apply the knowledge by solving problems on paper, in the lab, and on quizzes and tests. You will almost always be allowed to use notes on quizzes, tests, etc. I encourage collaboration to build strategies amongst peers about how to take good notes in a science setting so please bring this topic up in class by asking questions!
SEMESTER 1
How can understanding units instruct us how to solve a problem in physics, chemistry, etc? (week 12)
do you know what dimensional analysis means?
do you know the fundamental S.I. units that are used in the equation you are applying?
can you estimate the answer to a complex problem using unit conversions? Can you break a complex problem into manageable pieces?
What is the relationship between an objects position, velocity, acceleration and time? (week 36)
What does it mean to change an object's state of motion? What is required to do so?
how do you apply mathematics to explain/predict these relationships (you even use the equations unknowingly in everyday life)?
(optional) how do these relationships explain the field of differential calculus?
How do outside forces affect motion (this builds on the study of motion)? (week 78)
what is possible to predict using Newtonian logic/equations/rules?
how can models (freebody diagrams) help explain what forces are acting on an object?
How do Newtonian laws describe forces on objects (the crux of most mechanical engineering). (week 910)
how does force relate to pressure, tension, stress, torque?
How can we apply our knowledge of motion and forces to more complex (2 dimensional situations)? (week 12)
how do we study a flying projectile's motion in each dimension separately?
when do I need to use a vector? how do I break a vector into simpler pieces?
how can an object on a ramp be compared to a triangle
what does trigonometry (specifically the sine, cosine, and tangent functions) tell us about 2d situations?
What is energy and why are people scared of thermodynamics?! (week 13)
How do we relate force, displacement, energy, work, and power?
In what ways do the equations and mathematics agree with your everyday life?
SEMESTER 2
The study of mechanics involves an understanding of work and energy
 What is energy and how is it transferred from one form to another?
 How can the work done on or by an object be determined?
 What are the different forms of energy and how are they calculated?
Momentum and collisions define motion, while gravity and inertia play a part in circular motion.
 How does a force alter the momentum of an object?
 How is the momentum conserved for a system in an elastic and an inelastic collision?
 What energy changes occur in elastic and inelastic collisions?
 What are the characteristics of an object with rotational motion?
What is simple harmonic motion, and in what situations does it occur?
How can the motion of a pendulum or massspring system be modeled?
What are the properties of waves, and what are the different types of waves?
What are sound waves, how are a sound wave’s properties affected by distance, motion, medium, and temperature?
How do waves interfere with one another?
What are the properties of electromagnetic waves, and how is electromagnetic radiation useful?
How is the behavior of light as it is reflected or refracted modeled?
 How do images form, and what are the properties of images formed by different types of mirrors and lenses?
What is electric charge, and how is it affected by an electric field?
 How is an electric force modeled, and what factors affect the magnitude of the electric force between two charges?
 What is the relationship between current, potential difference, and resistance in a circuit?
 How are resistors used in circuits to transfer energy?
 What are the components of an electric circuit, how does the arrangement of a circuit affect the components of the circuit?




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