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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
Introduces the Why/How Tree, an inquiry process that leads to one of the very few Rules of the Universe.
|3||Rules of the
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.
Engineering / SI Prefix Notation Reference
The rules of scientific, engineering, and SI prefix notation are explained. Includes examples.
The units of measure (meters, kilograms, seconds, etc.) are listed and described.
Quantities and their symbols, units and their abbreviations, equations, and work-ot numerical problems.
Technique + Percent Error · Percent Difference · Unit
A very handy reference sheet throughout the year when doing lab activities.
|1||Numeric Notation Springboard
- Answers - Presentation HD (Zipped
Develops the need for and mechanics of scientific notation, engineering notation, and SI prefix notation
||Motion Graphing Springboard -
Answers - Presentation HD (Zipped
Classroom discussion of motion graphs.
||Speeding Thru Motion Springboard
- Presentation (Zipped
Classroom discussion of motion concepts.
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.
High-tech motion lab involving motion sensors.
Tracks Lab Prep
Introduction to the PASCO carts and tracks (IDS).
|4||Going Through the Motions - Follow-up Presentation HD
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.)
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
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.
Test Questions and Answers
Sample test questions relating to this unit.
|STRATEGICALLY REDEPLOYED AS DROP-IN OR HOMEWORK
LESSONS (OR DISCONTINUED)
|The History of
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.
Techniques 1 - Answers
Measurement involving a digit of estimation on the linear scale of a meterstick.
Click here for a legend and explanation of cryptic terms and abbreviations.
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