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GUIDES  
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 "WhyHow?" 
2  WhyHow?  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 workot numerical problems. 
9 
Graphing
Technique + Percent Error · Percent Difference · Unit
Conversions Reference A very handy reference sheet throughout the year when doing lab activities. 
JOBS  
1 
The
WhyHow Tree Springboard  Answers  Presentation
(Zipped QuickTime) Introduces the Why/How Tree, an inquiry process that leads to one of the very few Rules of the Universe. 
2 
Numeric Notation Springboard
 Answers  Presentation HD (Zipped
QuickTime) Develops the need for and mechanics of scientific notation, engineering notation, and SI prefix notation 
3 
Motion Graphing Springboard 
Answers  Presentation HD (Zipped
QuickTime) Classroom discussion of motion graphs. 
4 
Speeding Thru Motion Springboard
 Answers
 Presentation (Zipped
QuickTime) Classroom discussion of motion concepts. 
5 
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  
1 
A Notion for Motion Experiment Lowtech motion lab activity involving constant velocity cars. 
2 
Sonic Ranger Hightech motion lab involving motion sensors. 
3 
Carts
and
Tracks Lab Prep Introduction to the PASCO carts and tracks (IDS). 
4  Going Through the Motions  Followup 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.) 
OTHER  
1 
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! 
2 
Mechanical Universe  The Law of Falling
Bodies Question set to accompany the high school adaptation of the Mechanical Universe video. 
3 
Prelims Crossword Puzzle  Grid  Clues Crossword puzzles are highly personalized and may not always translate well from my classroom to yours. 
4 
Practice
Test Questions and Answers Sample test questions relating to this unit. 
STRATEGICALLY REDEPLOYED AS DROPIN OR HOMEWORK
LESSONS (OR DISCONTINUED) 

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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