CVGS Physics Course Objectives


During this course the student will:

  1. Design and implement laboratory investigations utilizing safe and appropriate laboratory skills to explore and quantitatively define a physical behavior or to test a hypothesis. (PH.1, C/T12.4).
  2. Measure physical quantities often by collecting and recording data in the lab using computer-interfaced devices (DataStudio) and other appropriate instruments (VideoPoint).  (PH.1, C/T12.1, C/T12.2)
  3. Analyze and interpret data using graphical analysis software (DataStudio, VideoPoint, or KaleidaGraph) and using modeling-simulation software (Interactive Physics and PEARLS). (PH.2, C/T12.1, C/T12.2)
  4. Solve problems and investigate physical behavior in the lab using scientific reasoning and logic. (PH.3)
  5. Effectively communicate experimental results and solutions to application problems through oral and written reports. (PH.1, C/T12.2)
  6. Use derivative calculus to determine rates of change (e.g., velocity, acceleration) and integral calculus to find the area under a curve between two limits (e.g., work from a force-displacement graph).
  7. Analyze, identify, and summarize various motion situations (inertial, free fall, projectile, circular, SHM, and angular). (PH.5)
  8. Recognize and quantitatively solve interacting vector quantities graphically and analytically. (PH.2)
  9. Identify and describe a motion from different frames of reference. (PH.5)
  10. Apply Newton's laws of motion to objects responding to applied forces. (PH.5)
  11. Use the conservation laws of mass-energy, momentum, and angular momentum to predict or evaluate the outcome of interactions. (PH.6)
  12. Analyze and summarize energy transfers, transformations, and efficiency in various systems. (PH.5, PH.8)
  13. Investigate and interpret the behavior of fluids. (PH7)
  14. Investigate and explain electrical phenomena in terms of the behavior of electric charge and the law of conservation of electric charge. (PH.6)
  15. Apply relationships for the electric force between electric charges and for the magnetic force on a moving charge to the appropriate systems. (PH.5)
  16. Design and use electrical diagrams to construct and analyze simple electrical circuits and the function of various circuit components. (PH.13)
  17. Using the field model describe and make simple predictions for gravitational, electrical, and magnetic interactions. (PH.12)
  18. Use longitudinal and transverse wave models to interpret applicable phenomena. (PH.9)
  19. Understand the characteristics of electromagnetic radiation through analysis of various light behaviors such as reflection, refraction, emission, absorption, propagation, interference, and the photoelectric effect. (PH.9, PH.10, PH.11)
  20. Recognize that on a microscopic length scale many physical quantities are found in tiny fixed units called quanta (Quantum Principle). (PH.14)
  21. Recognize that the classical ideas of space, time, energy, and mass fail at great distances and when speeds approach the speed of light. (PH.14)
  22. Investigate and understand atomic structure, in particular, the decay of radioactive nuclei. (PH.14)
  23. Recognize that all physical and chemical phenomena are governed by a few fundamental interactions. (PH.14)
  24. Evaluate the impact of physics discoveries on how we view the world and the universe. (PH.4)

Note: The PH code numbers at the end of each objective indicate Virginia Standards of Learning for Physics being covered. All SOLís for physics are covered in the course.