College Prep Physics Syllabus

Text:Physics: (Serway & Vaughn)

 

 

1st Semester

 

        Motion in One Dimension (Chapter 2)

††††† Displacement, speed and velocity, acceleration, graphical analysis, falling objects

 

        Vectors and 2-D motion (Chapter 3)

Manipulating vectors, scalars, component and resultant vectors, projectile motion

 

        Newton's Laws and Forces (Chapter 4)

††††† 1st, 2nd, and 3rd laws, mass, weight, friction, net forces, inclined planes

 

        Work, Power, and Energy (Chapter 5)

††††† Work, power, potential and kinetic energy, conservation of energy

 

        Momentum and Collisions (Chapter 6)

††††† Momentum and impulse, conservation of momentum, inelastic and elastic collisions, explosions, center of gravity

 

        Circular Motion (Chapter 7)

Angular velocity and acceleration, rotational and linear motion, centripetal acceleration and force

 

        Planetary Motion (Chapter 8)

Law of universal gravitation, Keplerís laws

 

Departmental Midterm

 

 

2ndSemester

 

        Relativity (Supplementary Materials)

††††† Special and general relativity, time dilation, space-time, black holes

 

        Fluids in Motion (Chapter 9)

Density, pressure, buoyancy, Bernoulliís principle

 

        Waves (Chapter 12)

Simple harmonic motion

 

        Sound (Chapter 13)

Resonance, musical instruments, beats, ear

 

        Electromagnetic Radiation (Chapter 14)

Light, color

 

        Optics (Chapters 15 & 16)

Reflection, refraction, lenses, mirrors, interference, diffraction

 

        Electric Forces and Electrostatics (Chapter 17)

Electric charge, Coulombís law, electrostatics

 

        Current electricity and DC circuits (Chapters 19 & 20)

Current, resistance, voltage, AC/DC, simple circuits, household electricity