Syllabus: 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 gravitation. 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: Dates Topic/Theme(s) Assignments and/ or Activities 3 weeks Speed/Velocity/ Acceleration 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 Seismology 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 earthquakes. Volcanology and plate tectonics Research different forms of earthquakes and tectonic plate boundaries. Investigating viscosity. The rock cycle and local geology Creating a mural for the rock cycle. Investigating local geological features and determining cause. Learning goals or essential questions 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 eye? 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.