Science Physics

Scope and Sequence: SCIENCE

PHYSICS (Grade 10-12)

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Unit Titles 

Learning Outcomes


D INQ.1      Identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigation.

D INQ.2      Read, interpret and examine the credibility and validity of scientific claims in different sources of information.

D INQ.3      Formulate a testable hypothesis and demonstrate logical connections between the scientific concepts guiding the hypothesis and the design of the experiment.

D INQ.4      Design and conduct appropriate types of scientific investigations to answer different questions.

D INQ.5      Identify independent and dependent variables, including those that are kept constant and those used as controls.

D INQ.6      Use appropriate tools and techniques to make observations and gather data.

D INQ.7      Assess the reliability of the data that was generated in the investigation.

D INQ.8      Use mathematical operations to analyze and interpret data, and present relationships between variables in appropriate forms.

D INQ.9      Articulate conclusions and explanations based on research data, and assess results based on the design of the investigation.

D INQ.10   Communicate about science in different formats, using relevant science vocabulary, supporting evidence and clear logic.

Use measuring devices and senses to observe and record physical properties of matter 

Develop an understanding of the measurements and units used in physics 

Design and conduct a good physics experiment. 

Use distance time and velocity time graphs to analyze moving objects 

Be able to explain speed (velocity), time, and acceleration. 

Analyze moving objects.

-develop the relationships between the variables involved in moving objects. 

Solve simple one dimensional motion word problems. 

Use physics to make predictions about accelerated objects. 

Apply knowledge of accelerated motion to a real life situation. 

Determine what factors affect the acceleration due to gravity. 

Use the concepts of relative motion. 

Explain the consequences of special relativity for moving objects. 

Use vectors to analyze 2 dimensional motion. 

Determine the results of projectile motion using x and y sets of kinematic equations

Continue using math, measurement, observation and experimentation skills to analyze moving objects. 

Explain the fundamental forces in the universe. 

Use Newton’s Laws to explain the relationship between force, mass and acceleration. 

Be able to predict the results of air resistance (terminal velocity) 

Find out what factors affect friction 

Determine all the forces and properties, including momentum, on a moving object. 

Use the principle of conservation of momentum in elastic and inelastic collisions.

analyze the transformations of mechanical energy (kinetic, gravitational and elastic) in moving objects. 

Determine all the factors involved in common collisions, and use physics to evaluate. 

Analyze circular motion

Explain the concepts of heat transfer 

Relate the laws of thermodynamics and work 

Explain the units and measurements of pressure and density. 

Describe how Bernouilli’s Principle is a restatement of the conservation of energy. 

Use fluid pressure principles to analyze flight

Describe energy transformations among heat, light, electricity and motion. 

Explain the relationship among voltage, current and resistance in a simple series circuit. 

Explain how electricity is used to produce heat and light in incandescent bulbs and heating elements. 

Describe the relationship between current and magnetism.

Describe and analyze the behavior of simple harmonic oscillator systems, such as pendulums and springs. 

Describe the property of waves. 

Explain the cause of different sounds. 

Describe and predict the physics of music 

Explain how light is produced and perceived 

Describe applications of color addition and subtraction 

Use the principles of reflection and refraction to analyze light.

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