Physics: Motion & Energy
Ever wonder how a microwave heats up your leftovers or how a suspension bridge is built? When driving on icy roads, how much space should there be between you and other cars? Want to build a shelf in your room? You will need to know how much weight it can hold. Learning the fundamentals of physics will help you grasp theories and problem-solving skills needed to answer all of these questions and more. Throughout the year we will explore interactions of matter and energy, velocity, accelerations, force, energy, momentum, and charge. Through hands on labs and experiments, you will be challenged to apply your knowledge of the laws of physics to solve physics related critical thinking problems. By the end of the year, you might find yourself examining gravitational forces or solving equations for nuclear reaction rates. Who knows, maybe you will even know how an entire movie can fit on a DVD or how fast you can zip line from the tree house to the porch!
Conceptual Physics by Paul G. Hewitt. Used copies are available on Better World Books or on Amazon starting at $5.99 (http://amzn.to/2tw6kSN) NOTE: Other editions are fine since the textbook will simply provide background readings. My personal book is the 3rd edition.