In this unit you will explore the behavior of oscillations and waves. You will study periodic motion, analyze the characteristics of sound and light, and learn how waves transport energy. You will perform virtual labs to investigate the relationship between the length and period of a pendulum, and the correlations among frequency, speed, and amplitude of sound waves.
In this unit you will explore the properties of electric charges. You will calculate the electric force produced by point charges, interpret electric field lines, learn how capacitors store electrical energy, and compare series and parallel circuits. You will perform a virtual lab to investigate the relationships between voltage and current and resistance and current. In an interactive discussion with your classmates, you will debate if using hybrid electric vehicles may help to solve some of our energy problems and discuss some of the environmental problems associated with carbon emissions.
Magnetism and Atomic Physics
In this unit you will explore the relationship between electricity and magnetism. You will learn how electromagnets work, analyze the forces exerted on charges in a magnetic field, and study a field of physics known as quantum mechanics, which describes the physics of the particles that make up atoms. You will perform virtual labs to investigate the magnitude of the magnetic fields of solenoids and the relationship between kinetic energy, emitted electrons, and the wavelengths of light.
Final Review and Exam
In this unit, you will have the opportunity to prepare for and take the final exam. The final exam may include any material that has been presented throughout the semester. Since this is a comprehensive exam, it may be helpful to organize your notes and answers to questions before you begin to review.