Department of Physics

PRISMS PLUS Units and Learning Cycle

Unit 1 FORCE AND MOTION

1 Kinematics
2 Making tracks
3 Accelerating Tracks
4 Vector Vector, What’s My Vector?
5 Relative Motion
6 Static Equilibrium
7 Inertia
8 Newton’s Second Law
9 Using Graphs to Understand Newton’s Second Law
10 Weight
11 Newton’s Third Law
12 Impulse and Change in Linear Momentum
13 Conservation of Linear Momentum
14 Projectile Motion

UNIT 2 WORK AND ENERGY

1 Work
2 Power
3 Conservation of Energy
4 Heat and Temperature
5 Change of Phase
6 Mechanical Equivalent of Heat
7 Ideal Gas Laws
8 Solar Energy

UNIT 3 WAVES AND OPTICS

1 Incandescence or Luminescence?
2 Inverse Square
3 Velocity, Frequency and Wavelength
4 Speed of Sound
5 Factors Affecting Frequency
6 Reflection
7 Refraction
8 Lenses
9 Image Size and Location
10 Diffraction and Interference
11 Color
12 Polarized Light

UNIT 4 ELECTRICITY, MAGNETISM, AND MODERN PHYSICS

1 Electrostatics
2 Electric Fields
3 Magnetic Fields
4 Electric Circuits
5 Ohm’s Law
6 Capacitors
7 Motors
8 Generator
9 Radioactive Decay
10 Spectra and Energy

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