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Infrared Radiation – electromagnetic waves, absorb, emit, infra red, PIR Kinetic Theory – states of matter, solids, liquids, gases Energy Transfer by heating – Conduction, Convection, Evaporation, Condensation Rate of Thermal Energy Transfer – temperature difference, shape, dimensions, mass, type of material Heating and Insulating Buildings – U-values, specific heat capacity, solar panels The Efficient Use of Energy– pay-back time, Sankey diagrams Energy Transfers & Efficiency – conservation of energy, efficiency calculations Transferring Electrical Energy – calculating the cost of electricity, joules, watts, kilowatts, kilowatt-hours, total cost Generating Electricity– Renewable & Nonrenewable Energy, power stations, fossil fuels, coal, oil , gas, nuclear, biomass, biofuels, water, wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, solar cells The National Grid – P=VI, step-up & step-down transformers General Properties of Waves – wave equation, longitudinal waves, transverse waves, electromagnetic waves, mechanical waves, water, sound, light, reflection refraction, diffraction, frequency, wavelength, amplitude Communication – radio waves, microwaves, infra red, visible light, sound waves, pitch, echoes, normal Reflection – normal, angle of incidence, angle of reflection Sound – longitudinal, pitch, frequency, amplitude and echoes Red Shift – big bang, wavelength, frequency, cosmic microwave background radiation, galaxies, Doppler effect The Effects of Forces – resultant force and motion Forces & Elasticity – Hooke’s law, spring constant, elastic potential energy Forces & Motion – F=ma, distance-time graphs, velocity-time graphs, velocity, acceleration Forces & Braking – friction, stopping distance, thinking distance, breaking distance Forces & Terminal Velocity – air resistance, weight, mass , gravitational field strength Forces & Energy – work done, energy, power, gravitational potential energy, kinetic energy Momentum – conservation of momentum Electrical Circuits – circuit symbols, Ohm’s law, potential difference, current & resistance.
Non-Ohmic Devices – filament lamp, LED, LDR, diode, V-I graphs, current and potential difference in series and parallel circuits.
Covers a variety of modern and historical experiments, emphasizing iterative experimental design, clear scientific communication, and development of skills on modern equipment. Rules & Requirements Prerequisites: Physics 5B & 5BL or 7B; Physics 5C or 7C (which may be taken concurrently)Repeat rules: Course may be repeated for credit under special circumstances: Only repeatable to replace deficient grade.
Hours & Format Fall and/or spring: 15 weeks - 3 hours of lecture, 2 hours of discussion, and 2 hours of laboratory per week Summer: 8 weeks - 6 hours of lecture, 4 hours of discussion, and 4 hours of laboratory per week Hours & Format Fall and/or spring: 15 weeks - 3 hours of lecture, 2 hours of discussion, and 2 hours of laboratory per week Summer: 8 weeks - 6 hours of lecture, 4 hours of discussion, and 4 hours of laboratory per week Hours & Format Fall and/or spring: 15 weeks - 3 hours of lecture, 1 hour of discussion, and 3 hours of laboratory per week Summer: 8 weeks - 6 hours of lecture, 2 hours of discussion, and 6 hours of laboratory per week Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013 Honors sequence corresponding to 7A-7B-7C, but with a greater emphasis on theory as opposed to problem solving.
Household Electricity – cells, batteries, alternating current, direct current, 3 three pin plug, circuit breaker, fuse.
Current, Charge & Power – joules, coulombs, amps, volts, watts.