Physics Fundamentals is a series teaching high school physics. Physics Fundamentals provides instructional content delivered through thirty-minute episodes and integrated classroom materials. Episodes provide content while giving cues for the classroom teacher to pause the program and interact with students, engaging them in discussions, problem-solving, and laboratory activities. Classroom materials, including note-taking guides to accompany the episodes, worksheets, classroom activities, quizzes, and tests are available in electronic format. For security reasons, only student materials are provided on this site.
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Semester 1 of physics is the study of mechanics, which involves motion and its causes. After reviewing the mathematical skills needed for this study, you will be introduced to vectors, learning how to express quantities including direction and how to deal with vectors in calculations. Next, you will study linear motion and will learn to solve problems involving both uniform and accelerated motion, including the motion of falling objects. In the unit on Newton's Laws of Motion, you will study the causes of motion and will be introduced to motion in two dimensions. Then you will learn about different kinds of forces, from friction to gravitational and centripetal forces. Next, you will be introduced to momentum and energy and will learn how both are conserved. Finally, you will study rotational motion, solving problems involving torque.
This semester is a continuation of the study of energy, introduced to you in the first semester as mechanical energy. In this semester, you will study other forms of energy, including electric energy, magnetism, sound, and light. You will learn how mechanical and electromagnetic waves transport energy. Topics of special interest will include electric circuits, electromagnets, acoustics, color, mirrors, and lenses.
To help find the best STEM-related jobs in the state, we get a little help from Georgia’s top investigative unit—the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. We take an old-school detective approach and discover Teachable Moments on DNA and latent prints. And we even learn what it takes to turn a former cheerleader into a crime scene investigator. Case closed!
During this segment, we introduce two Science and Engineering Practices: Generating a Hypothesis and Developing a Model.
We're given a VIP tour of some extremely impressive facilities within Gulfstream Aerospace, where we interview a wide range of employees. We begin with a focus on engineering but quickly learn there are a variety of employment opportunities available at Gulfstream. And if you’ve ever wondered how planes fly, this video will help, as our experts explain Bernoulli's Principle. Of course, once you know how they fly, you’ll want to know how fast they go. That’s why we also include explanations of the terms mach and supersonic.