Physics 3

Course Overview Documents

SHS Physics 3 Overview
Three-ring Binder Information
Lab Notebook Information
Common Lab Report Format (SHS) (Word doc)
Lab Report Writing Information (html)
Alternate Grade Scale for Labs/Projects (html)

Assignments listed in roughly chronological order:

First Quarter

Math Skills

Group Activity: Dimensional Analysis (html)
Dimensional Analysis Homework (html)

Kinematics (Physics of Motion)

Kinematics Equations (html)
Graphing Slopes: Relation between Velocity and Acceleration (xls)
Lab: Free Fall (using gravity to measure the height of an object) (html)
Lab: Acceleration and Distance—Rolling Ball (html)
Excel: Rolling Ball Spreadsheet Example (xls)
Excel: Graphing Ticker Tape Data (xls)
Lab: Projectile Motion (doc)

Second Quarter

Newton’s Laws

Hmwk: Newton’s Laws Part 1 (html)
Hmwk: Newton’s Laws Part 2 (html)
Lab: F = ma Cart Lab (doc)
Lab: Atwood’s Machine (html)
Group Activity: Friction (html)
Homework: Friction (html)
Lab: Friction (html)
Lab: Speed of Sound (html)
Group Activity: Size of the Solar System (html)

Third Quarter

Rotation, Torque, Angular Momentum

Lab: Moment of Inertia (doc) from G. Bither
Lab: Angular Momentum (doc) from G. Bither
Simple Rotation Worksheet (doc) from G. Bither
Rotataional Motion Worksheet (doc) from G. Bither
Rotational Motion Homework (doc) from G. Bither
Homework: Rotation and Angular Momentum (html)


Notes: Gravity (doc) from G. Bither
Worksheet: Universal Law of Gravitation (doc) from G. Bither
Lab: Gravity Simulator

Fourth Quarter

Electricity and Magnetism

The following are all from G. Bither
Electricity Notes (doc)
Ohm’s Law Lab (doc)
Series & Parallel Circuits Worksheet (doc)
Lab: Series & Parallel Circuits (doc)
Lab: Electric Motor (doc)


Project: Rockets

Group Work Defined

Working in small groups to solve problems is a great way to learn science. Here are a few documents to give group work some shape and definition so that it can be a self-regulating learning tool:
Group Work Definitions
Group Work Process
Group Work Observer Form
Group Work Recorder Form
Group Work Presenter Grading Form

A few useful links

Chemistry Links
Periodic Table (PDF) from Link goes outside the Scarborough School Department Web Site
Periodic Table Image suitable for printing
Periodic Table colored by groups from Link goes outside the Scarborough School Department Web Site
Examples of Chemistry Problems
Vapor Pressure of Water Data
A fully-functional scientific calculator for chemistry including a table of useful constants.
A Partial Bibliography of works consulted
And here’s a useful download: a program that will quickly and easily convert units for you. Download and unzip to use.

Teachers and other Professionals:

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