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Course Calendar

General Info

Fall Semester

Unit 0

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Foundations
hw 0 Class policies
hw 1 Units, order of magnitude
hw 2 Line of best fit
hw 3 Curve fitting
quiz 0 unit prefixes

Unit 1

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Kinematics in 1D
hw 4 Speed and velocity
hw 5 Acceleration
hw 6 Equations of motion
hw 7 Falling bodies
hw 8 Graphs of motion
quiz 1 Equations of motion
quiz 2 Falling bodies
quiz 3 Graphs of motion
project 1 Toy cars (guidelines, template)
test 1 Kinematics in 1D

Unit 2

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Dynamics in 1D
hw 9 Forces
hw 10 Force and mass
hw 11 Action-reaction
hw 12 Weight
hw 13 Dynamics and statics
hw 14 Friction
quiz 4 Newton's laws, qualitative
quiz 5 Newton's laws, quantitative
quiz 6 Friction
project 2 Newton's second law (guidelines, template)
test 2 Dynamics in 1D

Unit 3

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Mechanics in 2D
hw 15 Trigonometry review
hw 16 Vector addition
hw 17 Kinematics in 2D
hw 18 Vector components
hw 19 Equilibrium in 2D
quiz 7 Trigonometry review
quiz 8 Kinematics in 2D
quiz 9 Equilibrium in 2D
quiz 10 Protractor use (protractor required)
quiz 11 Graphical addition of vectors (ruler and protractor)
test 3 Mechanics in 2D

Unit 4

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Miscellaneous Mechanics
hw 20 Inclined plane
hw 21 Circular motion
hw 22 Gravitation
quiz 12 Inclined plane
quiz 13 Circular motion
quiz 14 Gravitation
project 3 Coefficient of friction (guidelines, template)
test 4 Miscellaneous mechanics

Unit 5

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Momentum and Energy
hw 23 Impulse-momentum theorem
hw 24 Conservation of momentum
hw 25 Work
hw 26 Types of energy
hw 27 Conservation of energy
hw 28 Power
hw 29 Springs
quiz 15 Conservation of momentum
test 5 Momentum and energy

Unit 6

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Orphaned Topics
hw 30 Collisions

Spring Semester

Unit 0

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Foundations
hw 0 Class policies

Unit 1

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Electrostatics
hw 1 Introduction to electrostatics
hw 2 Electrostatic force
hw 3 Electric field
hw 4 Conductors and insulators
hw 5 Electric potential
quiz 1 Electric force and field
quiz 2 Electric field and potential
project 1 Hooke's law (guidelines, template)
test 1 Electrostatics

Unit 2

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Electric Current & Circuits
hw 6 Electric current
hw 7 Electric resistance, Ohm's law
hw 8 Electric power
hw 9 Electric resistance in wires
hw 10 Resistors in circuits
quiz 3 Electric current
quiz 4 Electric circuits
project 2 Ohm's law (guidelines, template)
test 2 Electric current and circuits

Unit 3

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Mechanical Waves & Sound
hw 11 The nature of waves
hw 12 Superposition, interference
hw 13 The nature of sound
hw 14 Doppler effect
hw 15 Standing waves & resonance
quiz 5 General waves
quiz 6 Standing waves
project 3 Speed of sound (guidelines, template)
test 3 Waves & sound

Unit 4

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Optics
hw 16 The nature of light, polarization
hw 17 Diffraction, interference
hw 18 Reflection
hw 19 Refraction
quiz 7 Physical optics
quiz 8 Geometric optics
project 4.1 Ray diagram: ice crystal
project 4.2 Ray diagram: raindrop 1
project 4.3 Ray diagram: raindrop 2
test 4 Waves and light

Unit 5

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Electromagnetism
hw 20 Magnetism
hw 21 Electromagnetism
hw 22 Electromagnetic waves
quiz 9 Electromagnetism
Modern Physics
hw 23 Particle nature of light
hw 24 Wave nature of matter
hw 25 Atomic spectra
hw 26 Mass-energy
hw 27 Standard model
quiz 10 Atomic spectra
quiz 11 Particle physics
test 5 Magnetism & modern physics

Unit 6

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Mechanics Review
hw 28 Projectiles
quiz 12 Projectiles
quiz v Dynamics and statics
quiz w Momentum, circular motion, gravitation
quiz x Energy and elasticity
quiz y Kinematics
quiz z Mechanics and other stuff
project 5 Shoot for your grade
test 6 Mechanics and other stuff
  12:45–4:15 PM EDT, Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Regents High School Examination. This exam counts as two tests and cannot be dropped