Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Activity 1: Introduction to Physics


Course Logistics


 AP Course Overview

Course Schedule: 
     Classroom: September 1, 2015 - April 5, 2016

Classroom Activity

Activity 1.0 
INTRODUCTION: THE NATURE OF SCIENCE AND
PHYSICS

Objectives:  By the end of this activity you should:

  1. Understand what the subject of Physics covers
  2. Have a feeling for the scale of the universe
  3. Know the difference between scientific laws and scientific theories
  4. Understand the SI Base units of meters, kilograms and seconds.

Activity 1.05

Watch the powers of 10 video below:



  • Be able to explain the definitions of
    • hypothesis
    • scientific law
    • scientific theory



Activity 1.10

Read Sections 1.1 & 1.2 in the College Physics textbook -- pages 11 - 24


Activity 1.20

Initially in our class we will be using the SI base units of:

  • Kilogram for Mass
  • Meter for Length 
  • Seconds for Time



Watch this video and pay particular attention to:
  • The base units of kilogram, meter and seconds
  • The prefixes:
Kilo - 1000
Centi - 1/100
Milli - 1/1000