Epsilon (AS level) Physics annual plan (Sudhir)

July

Introduction

  • Why everyone should know some Physics
  • History of Science in general and Physics in particular
  • Methods of inquiry in Physics
  • The open questions in Physics
  • Possible futures studying Physics
  • Student specific goal assessment
  • Exam preparation vs understanding

Units and dimensions

  • History of the units system
  • Features of a good unit system
  • The FPS, CGS and MKS systems
  • The SI system
  • Basic and derived units
  • Prefixes
  • Inter system conversions
  • Dimensional analysis

August

Using spreadsheets (i.e. MS Excel/ LibreOffice Calc) for simulations

  • to plot graphs
  • to simulate physical systems
  • to simulate chemical systems
  • to simulate biological systems
  • to help in alternate ways of solving textbook problems

Errors and Variations

  • Systematic error
  • Random error
  • Adding and multiplying errors
  • errors vs variations
  • significant figures
  • scientific notation

Vectors

  • Scalars and vectors.
  • Why vectors?
  • Vector operations
  • resolution of vectors
  • vectors in the cartesian co-ordinate system

September

Classical Mechanics I - Kinematics

  • Kinematics vs dynamics
  • distance/speed vs displacement/velocity
  • acceleration
  • displacement-time graphs and velocity-time graphs
  • Equations of motion
  • 2 dimensions: projectiles

Classical Mechanics II - Dynamics

  • Mass and inertia
  • Newtons laws of motion
  • Forces
  • Resolving forces into components

October

Energy

  • Work and energy
  • Gravitational potential energy
  • Kinetic Energy
  • Energy transfer

Classical Mechanics III - Pressure

  • Density
  • Pressure
  • Δp = ρgΔh
  • Measuring pressure

Classical Mechanics IV - Center of mass

  • Experimental determination
  • Theoretical derivation

November

Classical Mechanics V - Collisions

  • Momentum
  • Collisions

Classical Mechanics VI - Rotational motion

  • Angular momentum
  • Torque and angular acceleration
  • Moment of inertia

December

Waves

  • Qualitative wave description
  • Amplitude, frequency,wavelength
  • Intensity
  • Wave energy
  • Electromagnetic waves

January

Waves continued

  • linear superposition
  • diffraction
  • interference

February

Waves continued

  • Stationary waves
  • Nodes and antinodes

March

Radioactivity

  • Alpha scattering
  • Atomic structure: Plum pudding vs Rutherford
  • Radioactive decay
  • Ionising vs non-ionising radiation
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