velocity geological

Course Title: Mechanics of Physics/Geology
Time Frame: One semester
Course Overview: This course is comprised of two parts: Mechanics and Geology.
In Mechanics students will investigate linear motion, force, Newton’s laws of motion and universal
In Geology students will investigate the core ideas of geology with special emphasis on plate tectonics,
seismology, volcanology, rock cycle and layers, and local geology.
Learning Outcomes: At the conclusions for this course students shall:
• Define, analyze, and calculate speed, velocity and acceleration.
• Analyze net force diagrams and calculate net force
• Identify Newton’s three laws of motion and apply the laws to everyday situations.
• Understand the force of gravity and its effect on planets, satellites, etc.
• Understand the processes that shape our Earth’s crust.
• Use and interpret scientific data to model the interior of the earth.
• Research the formation and possible future of New England’s topography.
• Understand and use seismic graphs.
• Identify local geological features.
Approximate timetable of course:
Assignments and/ or Activities
3 weeks
Measurements and proper unit use for
speed, velocity and acceleration.
2 weeks
Universal Gravitation
Conceptual analysis of gravitational
interactions, especially free fall
3 weeks
Newton’s laws of motion
Balloon rocket analysis.
½ week
What’s inside the Earth?
What’s inside the cup?
½ week
Just how old is the Earth?
2 weeks
2 weeks
2 weeks
Perspective analysis of the age of the
Earth compared to other quantities
Analytical research of seismic graphs,
modeling crustal features based on
scientific measurements. Use computer
simulations to investigate magnitude of
Volcanology and plate
Research different forms of earthquakes
and tectonic plate boundaries.
Investigating viscosity.
The rock cycle and local
Creating a mural for the rock cycle.
Investigating local geological features
and determining cause.
Learning goals or essential
How to describe and
quantify motion.
What would happen to
you if you fell through a
hole through the center of
the Earth?
How’s does knowledge of
Newton’s laws affect our
daily lives?
How do scientists know
what is inside the Earth?
How can I make geological
time understandable?
How much information
can we get from a
seismograph station?
Just how “Dynamic” is our
Earth’s crust?
There are many geological
things we see but take for
granite. How can see
them with a geologist’s
Class policies and requirements:
Grading- Grading will be based on knowledge of the material and ability to use the concepts (including
HW’s, quizzes, final, and projects). Grades will also reflect your dedication to learning, notebook
organization, participation and initiative to advance the class.
Notebook- All students will be required to keep a well-organized notebook that contains all notes and
handouts. A three ring binder is preferred.
Homework/assignment policy- All students are expected to hand in all homework and assignments on
time and complete. Late homework will not be accepted without prior agreement. Students who miss
two homework assignments will be required to attend an after school study hall.