Physics

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Virginia Department of Ed Standards and SOL-based Instructional Resources
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Physics Calculator Web-based calculator for physics
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Interactive Simulations

Interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena from the PhET project at the University of Colorado.

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National Science Foundation: Special Reports Videos and lesson plans produced by the National Science Foundation
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Java Applets on Physics Interactive applications
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The Physics Classroom Tutorials, quizzes, and animations to help with the understanding of Physics basics
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Physics Central Answers questions on how things work, daily updates on physics in the news, describes the latest research, and more
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Scientific American Resource that includes select articles from current and past issues, online-only features, daily news, topic-driven blogs, podcast series, and a video directory
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PH.1 The student will plan and conduct investigations using experimental design and product design processes. Key concepts include a) the components of a system are defined; b) instruments are selected and used to extend observations and measurements; c) information is recorded and presented in an organized format; d) the limitations of the experimental apparatus and design are recognized; e) the limitations of measured quantities are recognized through the appropriate use of significant figures or error ranges; f) models and simulations are used to visualize and explain phenomena, to make predictions from hypotheses, and to interpret data; and g) appropriate technology, including computers, graphing calculators, and probeware, is used for gathering and analyzing data and communicating results.


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PH.2 The student will investigate and understand how to analyze and interpret data. Key concepts include a) a description of a physical problem is translated into a mathematical statement in order to find a solution; b) relationships between physical quantities are determined using the shape of a curve passing through experimentally obtained data; c) the slope of a linear relationship is calculated and includes appropriate units; d) interpolated, extrapolated, and analyzed trends are used to make predictions; and e) situations with vector quantities are analyzed utilizing trigonometric or graphical methods.

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PH.3 The student will investigate and demonstrate an understanding of the nature of science, scientific reasoning, and logic. Key concepts include a) analysis of scientific sources to develop and refine research hypotheses; b) analysis of how science explains and predicts relationships; c) evaluation of evidence for scientific theories; d) examination of how new discoveries result in modification of existing theories or establishment of new paradigms; and e) construction and defense of a scientific viewpoint.

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PH.4 The student will investigate and understand how applications of physics affect the world. Key concepts include a) examples from the real world; and b) exploration of the roles and contributions of science and technology.

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PH.5 The student will investigate and understand the interrelationships among mass, distance, force, and time through mathematical and experimental processes. Key concepts include a) linear motion; b) uniform circular motion; c) projectile motion; d) Newton's laws of motion; e) gravitation; f) planetary motion; and g) work, power, and energy.

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PH.6 The student will investigate and understand that quantities including mass, energy, momentum, and charge are conserved. Key concepts include a) kinetic and potential energy; b) elastic and inelastic collisions; and c) mass/energy equivalence.

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PH.7 The student will investigate and understand that energy can be transferred and transformed to provide usable work. Key concepts include a) transfer and storage of energy among systems including mechanical, thermal, gravitational, electromagnetic, chemical, and nuclear systems; and b) efficiency of systems.

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PH.8 The student will investigate and understand wave phenomena. Key concepts include a) wave characteristics; b) fundamental wave processes; and c) light and sound in terms of wave models.

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PH.9 The student will investigate and understand that different frequencies and wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum are phenomena ranging from radio waves through visible light to gamma radiation. Key concepts include a) the properties, behaviors, and relative size of radio waves, microwaves, infrared, visible light, ultraviolet, X-rays, and gamma rays; b) wave/particle dual nature of light; and c) current applications based on the respective wavelengths.

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PH.10 The student will investigate and understand how to use the field concept to describe the effects of gravitational, electric, and magnetic forces. Key concepts include a) inverse square laws (Newton's law of universal gravitation and Coulomb's law); and b) technological applications.

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PH.11 The student will investigate and understand how to diagram, construct, and analyze basic electrical circuits and explain the function of various circuit components. Key concepts include a) Ohm's law; b) series, parallel, and combined circuits; c) electrical power; and d) alternating and direct currents.

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PH.12 The student will investigate and understand that extremely large and extremely small quantities are not necessarily described by the same laws as those studied in Newtonian physics. Key concepts may include a) wave/particle duality; b) wave properties of matter; c) matter/energy equivalence; d) quantum mechanics and uncertainty; e) relativity; f) nuclear physics; g) solid state physics; h) nanotechnology; i) superconductivity; and j) radioactivity.

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