The Book of Phyz - NGSS

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1 The Scheme of Science
Develops a Venn diagram to show how physics, chemistry, biology, and earth science relate to each other. Note: this document's PDF is combined with "Why-How?"
2 Why-How? - Presentation (Zipped QuickTime)
Introduces the Why/How Tree, an inquiry process that leads to one of the very few Rules of the Universe.
3 Rules of the Universe
An explicit list of the fundamental principles that can be used to explain all natural phenomena.
4 Orders of Magnitude
Develops the ideas of powers of ten and order of magnitude "rounding."
5 Greek / Symbols Reference
The Greek alphabet and mathematical symbols listed with usage descriptions.
6 Scientififc / Engineering / SI Prefix Notation Reference
The rules of scientific, engineering, and SI prefix notation are explained. Includes examples.
7 Units & Quantities Reference
The units of measure (meters, kilograms, seconds, etc.) are listed and described.
8 Motion PhyzExamples
Quantities and their symbols, units and their abbreviations, equations, and work-ot numerical problems.
Graphing Technique + Percent Error Percent Difference Unit Conversions Reference
A very handy reference sheet throughout the year when doing lab activities.

1 Numeric Notation Springboard - Answers - Presentation HD (Zipped QuickTime)
Develops the need for and mechanics of scientific notation, engineering notation, and SI prefix notation
Motion Graphing Springboard - Answers - Presentation HD (Zipped QuickTime)
Classroom discussion of motion graphs.
Speeding Thru Motion Springboard - Answers - Presentation (Zipped QuickTime)
Classroom discussion of motion concepts.
4 Motion Matching - Answers
Various simple motions described, illustrated, graphed, and characterized... but scrambled. Match the descriptions to corresponding illustrations and to corresponging graphs and to corresponding characterizations. Then organize the matches (on the back).

LABS - The unlinked titles below are available in the Conceptual Physics lab manual from Pearson Education - Amazon link
A Notion for Motion Experiment
Low-tech motion lab activity involving constant velocity cars.
Sonic Ranger
High-tech motion lab involving motion sensors.
Carts and Tracks Lab Prep
Introduction to the PASCO carts and tracks (IDS).
4 Going Through the Motions - Follow-up Presentation HD (Interactive QuickTime)
A lab activity for learning about acceleration and the Pasco Visual Accelerometer. (Years ago we did this lab with a line/bubble level in place of the Visual Accelerometer.)
Introduction to Motion Begins with an M (QuickTime)
Part of the "Physics Begins with an M" series. Zipped Interactive QuickTime export of a Keynote presentation. Trust me, neither Keynote nor PowerPoint are the Great Saviors of education. I recommend using them sparingly if at all. Better to teach!
Mechanical Universe - The Law of Falling Bodies
Question set to accompany the high school adaptation of the Mechanical Universe video.
Prelims Crossword Puzzle - Grid - Clues
Crossword puzzles are highly personalized and may not always translate well from my classroom to yours.
Practice Test Questions and Answers
Sample test questions relating to this unit.


The History of Physics
An abbreviated history of physics from the Greeks to Unified Field Theory (fits on one sheet). I don't give this out until the end of the unit.

Analog Measurement Techniques 1 - Answers
Measurement involving a digit of estimation on the linear scale of a meterstick.

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