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 Tree
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.

The Why-How Tree Springboard at TPT
Introduces the Why/How Tree, an inquiry process that leads to one of the very few Rules of the Universe.
Numeric Notation Springboard at TPT
Develops the need for and mechanics of scientific notation, engineering notation, and SI prefix notation
3 Powers of Ten Estimating Job at TPT
Powers of Ten/Orders of Magnitude estimating exercises involving the sizes of objects. This is a new kind of rounding; practice is required.
Space and Time Springboard at TPT
What do we mean by "distance" and "interval"? And how can we calculate speed?
Making Motion Graphs Springboard at TPT
Classroom discussion of motion graphs.
Speeding Thru Motion Springboard at TPT
Classroom discussion of motion concepts.
Motion Matching at TPT
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 [ISBN: 0321940059 - ISBN-13: 978-0321940056]
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!
Powers of Ten (1977) at TPT
Powers of Ten takes us on an adventure in magnitudes.  Starting at a picnic by the lakeside in Chicago, this famous film transports us to the outer edges of the universe.  Every ten seconds we view the starting point from ten times farther out until our own galaxy is visible only a s a speck of light among many others.  Returning to Earth with breathtaking speed, we move inward- into the hand of the sleeping picnicker- with ten times more magnification every ten seconds. Our journey ends inside a proton of a carbon atom within a DNA molecule in a white
Conceptual Physics Alive! Introduction at TPT
Conceptual Physics Alive! Linear Motion at TPT
Mechanical Universe - The Law of Falling Bodies at TPT
Question set to accompany the high school adaptation of the Mechanical Universe video.
The Baloney Detection Kit at TPT
Michael Shermer describes a baloney detection kit as suggested by Carl Sagan
James Randi - Secrets of the Psychics (NOVA) at TPT
Skeptic James Randi exposes charlatans and debunks a variety of bunk in this episode of PBS's Nova.
Physics Crossword Puzzle - 1. Motion at TPT
Not a typical academic subject matter crossword. This one adds general high school vocabulary words. Over 100 words and 150 crosses in total.
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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