Hutchinson Central Technical High School

Course Syllabus


Course Name: Physics Laboratory

Instructor: Mr. Schiavi            Contact Time: 8:12-8:53         Phone Ext: 404


Grading Policy
All laboratory work/tasks are due at the end of the laboratory period, unless otherwise instructed.

Each laboratory is worth a total number of points which varies depending on the number of the tasks to be completed for a laboratory. Students must earn a 65% on the laboratory work for the quarter in order to receive a satisfactory on the report card.



Homework Policy
Generally no outside work is required if students attend every laboratory session. Students who fall behind due to absence may make-up work during study hall or for homework.



Test Policy
No test's are given in the Physic Laboratory.



Quiz Policy
No Quizzes are given in the Physic Laboratory.



No projects are given in the Physics Laboratory.



Course Outline
I. Mechanics
The student will be able to:
a. construct and interpret graphs of position, velocity, or
acceleration versus time.
b. determine and interpret slopes and areas of motion graphs.
c. determine the acceleration due to gravity near the surface
of the Earth.
d. determine the resultant of two or more vectors graphically
or algebraically.
e. draw scaled force diagramsusing a ruler and protractor.
f. resolve a vector into perpendicular components both
graphically and algebraically.
e. sketch the theoretical path of a projectile.
f. use vector diagrams to analyze mechanical systems
equilibrium and nonequilibrium).
g. verify Newton's Second Law for linear motion.
h. determine the corfficient of friction for two surfaces.
i. verify Newton's Second Law for uniform circular motion.
j. verify conservation of momentum.
k. determine a spring constant.

II. Energy
The student will be able to:
a. describe and explain the exchange between potential energy,
kinetic energy, and internal energy for simple mechanical
systems, such as a pendulum, a roller coaster, a spring, a
freely falling object.
b. predict velocities, heights, and spring compressions based
on energy conservation.
c. determine the energy stored in a spring.
d. determine the factors that affect the period of a pendulum.
e. observe and explain energy conversions in real-world
f. recognize and describe conservation among different forms of
energy in real or hypothetical devices such as a moto, a
generator, a photocell, a battery.
g. compare the power developed when the same work is done at
different rates.

III. Electricity and Magnetism
The student will be able to:
a. measure current and voltage in a circuit.
b. use measurements to determine the resistance of a circuit
c. interpret graphs of voltage versus current.
d. measure and compare the resistance of conductors of
various lengths and cross-sectional areas.
e. construct simple series and parallel circuits.
f. draw and interpret circuit diagrams wich include
voltmeters and ammeters.
g. predict the behavior of lightbulbs in series and
parallel circuits.
h. map the magnetic field of a permanent magnet, indicating
the direction of the field between the N (north-seeking)
and S (south-seeking) poles.

IV. Waves
The student will be able to:
a. compare the characteristics of two transverse waves such as
amplitude, frequency, wavelength, speed, period, and phase.
b. draw wave fronts with various characteristics.
c. identify nodes and antinodes in standing waves.
d. differentiate between transverse and longitudinal waves.
e. determine the speed of sound in air.
f. predict the superposition of two waves interfering
constructively and destructively, (indicating nodes,
antinodes, and standing waves).
g. observe, sketch, and interpret the behavior of wave fronts
as they reflect, refract, and diffract.
h. draw ray diagrams to represent the reflection and refraction
of waves.
i. determine empirically the index of refraction of a
transparent medium.

V. Modern Physics
The student will be able to:
a. interpret energy-level diagrams.
b. correlate spectral lines with an energy-level diagram.