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Honors Physical Science
Linear Motion - A study of the motion of objects.
Test date (September 9-10, 2002)                workQuiz (September 8, 2002)

This unit will allow each student to:

  1.  gain a better understanding of the concepts of speed, velocity and acceleration as well as describing them visually through the use of graphs
  2. continue making proper scientific measurements and calculations w/ significant digits
  3. define and properly use all vocabulary
  4. properly apply all terms in describing/explaining real world examples
  5. relate these concepts her/his daily activities and behaviors
  6. teach someone else the concepts discussed
  7. practice proper laboratory safety
This will be accomplished by each student that is able to:
  1. identify and apply the main steps of the scientific approach to problem solving
  2. perform and identify proper scientific measurements which are both precise and accurate
  3. identify the precision of a measuring instrument based on seeing the instrument and/or the resulting measurement
  4. identify the number of significant digits in a measurement and their purpose
  5. report results of measurement calculations according to basic significant digit rules
  6. identify SI prefixes and their numerical values (pico - giga)
  7. identify common SI base units as well as the related USCS units
  8. convert from SI to SI units
  9. convert from SI to USCS units and vise versa using dimensional analysis (unit cancellation)
  10. write measurements in scientific notation format
  11. perform calculations involving scientific notation
  12. describe a moving object with relation to a frame of reference
  13. distinguish between distance and displacement
  14. distinguish between speed and velocity
  15. identify vector and scalar quantities
  16. distinguish between change in velocity, average velocity, and constant velocity
  17. describe the motion of an object undergoing acceleration
  18. recognize and relate SI and USCS units of time, distance, speed, and acceleration
  19. recognize a speed, velocity, and acceleration by the units only
  20. interpret (a) distance vs. time (b) position vs. time (c) speed vs. time and (d) velocity v. time graphs
  21. construct (a) distance vs. time (b) position vs. time (c) speed vs. time and (d) velocity v. time graphs from given data
  22. collect necessary data from a given scenario to construct a position v. time graph
  23. perform calculations using proper problem solving techniques to determine (a) speed, time, or distance (b) velocity, displacement, or time and (c) acceleration, change in velocity, or time


Honors Physical Science
Linear Motion - A study of the motion of objects.

Textbook References
Holt Science Spectrum - issued textbook Foundations of Physical Science - See teacher for access
1.1 - The Nature of Science - p. 11 #1-7
1.2 - The Way Science Works - p. 18  #1-7
1.3 - Organizing Data - p. 26 # 1-7
8.1 - Motion (pp. 252-256) - p. 258 #2-8
8.2 - Acceleration and Force (pp. 259-262) - p. 267 #1, 7, 8
8.3 - Newton's Law's of Motion (p. 271 paragraphs 1 & 2)
Chapter 1 - Science and Measurement
Chapter 2 - Mathematical Models

Lingo to be Learned - you are expected to know the boldface words for the baseQuiz

accuracy, precision, constant, control, dependent variable, independent variable, experiment, hypothesis, model, observation, scientific law, theory, unit, SI/metric, standard, United States Customary System (USCS), x-axis, y-axis, slope, speed (average, constant, instantaneous), velocity (average, constant, instantaneous), acceleration (average, constant, instantaneous), distance, time, direction, position, displacement, scalar, vector, freefall, magnitude, frame of reference

Worksheets - Linear Motion Practice

Group Lab - ...the Need for Speed!

One must be turned in the day of the workQuiz.
You can choose to turn in one from this link or use in class options which will be updated at this link.

Math Practice
p. 17 #1-8 (conversions) p. 23 #1, 2 
(scientific notation)
p. 25 #1-4 
(significant digits)
p. 255 # 1-4 (velocity) p. 260 #1-5 (acceleration)

Possible applications
Here is a list of some applications of the material in this Unit. These may help you in deciding what path to follow for the Final Project.
-Effects of acceleration on the human body
-Timing Olympic athletes
-How do police determine if you are speeding?
-The history of the Land Speed record
-The roller coaster
-The sound barrier
-Mars Mission measurement fiasco
-Einstein's "Twin Paradox"
-Auto/drag racing
-Why do we like to go fast?
-History of measurement systems