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KFHS Physics Syllabus

AP Physics

This syllabus is a general outline of topics to be covered during the 1999-2000
school year in Mrs. Salter's AP Physics class. Details for each section can be found
on the AP Homework page.

General Syllabus

Fall Semester 1999
  1. Newtonian Mechanics
    1. Kinematics (vectors, vector algebra,
      displacement, velocity, and acceleration)
      1. Motion in one dimension
      2. Motion in two dimensions (projectiles)
    2. Newton's laws of motion
      1. Static equilibrium (1st law)
      2. Dynamics of a single particle (2nd law)
      3. Systems of two or more bodies (3rd law)
    3. Systems of particles, linear momentum
      1. Impulse and momentum
      2. Conservation of linear momentum
    4. Work, energy, power
      1. Work and work-energy theorem
      2. Conservative forces and potential energy
      3. Conservation of energy
      4. Power
    5. Circular Motion and Rotation
      1. Uniform circular motion
      2. Angular momentum and its conservation
      3. Torque and rotational statics
    6. Oscillations and gravitation
      1. Simple harmonic motions (dynamics and
        energy relationships)
      2. Mass on a spring (SHO)
      3. Pendulum and other oscillations
      4. Newton's law of gravity
      5. Orbits of planets and satellites
  2. Thermal Physics
    1. Temperature and heat
      1. Mechanical equivalent of heat
      2. Specific and latent heat
      3. Heat transfer and thermal expansion
    2. Kinetic theory and thermodynamics
      1. Ideal gases
        1. Kinetic model
        2. Ideal gas law
      2. Laws of thermodynamics
        1. First law (PV diagrams)
        2. Second law (heat engines)
Spring Semester 2000
  1. Waves and Optics - Part I
    1. Wave motion
      1. Properties of traveling and standing waves
      2. Doppler effect
      3. Resonance and superposition
  2. Electricity and Magnetism
    1. Electrostatics
      1. Charge, field, and potential
      2. Coulomb's law and field/potential of point charges
      3. Fields and potentials of other charge distributions
      4. Gauss's law
    2. Conductors, capacitors and dielectrics
      1. Electrostatics with conductors
      2. Capacitors - parallel plate
    3. Electric circuits
      1. Current, resistance, power
      2. Steady state direct current circuits
      3. Capacitors in circuits - steady state
    4. Magnetostatics
      1. Forces on moving charges in magnetic fields
      2. Forces on current-carrying wires in
        magnetic fields
      3. Fields of long current-carrying wires
    5. Electromagnetism - Electromagnetic induction
      1. Faraday's law and Lenz's law
  3. Waves and Optics - Part II
    1. Geometric optics
      1. Reflection and refraction
      2. Mirrors and lenses
    2. Physical optics
      1. Interference and diffraction
      2. Dispersion of light and the
        electromagnetic spectrum
  4. Atomic and Nuclear Physics
    1. Atomic physics and quantum effects
      1. Alpha particle scattering and the Rutherford model
      2. Photons and the photoelectric effect
      3. Bohr model and energy levels
      4. Wave-particle duality
    2. Nuclear physics
      1. Radioactivity and half-life
      2. Nuclear reactions

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This page was developed through GirlTECH '97, a teacher training and student technology council program sponsored by the Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC), a National Science Foundation-funded Science and Technology Center.


© July, 1999 Kellie Salter
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