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
• 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

• 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