PHYSICS SYLLABUS by CYNTHIA D'SOUZA
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This is a one year course taking you from Mechanics
Electricity and Magnetism to Modern Physics. The course
learning through experimentation with students following the
developed by Arizona
State University under a grant from the National Science Foundation.
- In the Modeling Method, students design an experiment and
then use the computer interface to gather and analyze the data from the
experiment. Data such as distance, force, velocity, time and much more
all in real-time can be taken through the use of sensors that take the
measurements. Students then construct an accurate mathematical
model of the phenomena. They present their findings in groups of
three using white-boards. The teacher guides student inquiry
with "Socratic'' questioning and remarks with an eye to
improving the quality of student discourse by insisting on
accurate use of scientific terms, on clarity and cogency. This is
accomplished by questioning and critiquing from students and teacher.
This method shows students precisely how to conduct scientific
- Content of the entire first semester course (mechanics) is
reorganized around five basic models to increase its structural
Roller coaster ride
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I. . Set mass, gravity and friction at 50% and
unchanged until otherwise informed. Adjust height of hill 1to be twice
hill 2 . Make height of loop 80% of hill 2.
II. Tap the green button to activate the run. Make sure
the car runs the entire
course, otherwise fine- tune height settings. Once car is
the pause button allows you to read speed values. To answer the
the car at the points mentioned in the table.
SPEED OF CAR AT:
- Make a conclusion about the speeds from Row 2 of table
- Why is the speed reading greater at top of hill2 than hill1?
- Where does the car have maximum kinetic energy( KE), potential
- Write a paragraph using the words, speed, KE, PE,
Conservation of energy, to describe the car's run from start to
- The variables we have the power to vary( even though we
kept them fixed) are called the independent variables. List
III. Reduce friction to 25%.Explain what changes, if
IV. Increase friction to 75%. Freeze the car at top of
Compare the speed there with that of the corresponding previous trial
V. What is the result of increasing the value of
Progressively increase it to 75%, 100% and note what happens each time.
VI. With gravity set at 75%, what changes can you make
to the values of friction, speed, mass to make the car run the entire
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