Unit #1 Speed and Acceleration List of Activities and Assignments

Unit #1 Speed and Acceleration List of Activities and Assignments
Welcome to Honors Physics. The following is a tentative calendar of assignments, laboratories, and
tests. Please realize that there may be some activities added or deleted due to the needs of the class.
The homework listed is given with answers and is posted on-line on my website at
A grouping of homework assignments will be due approximately once a week. See my website and
announcements in class for the exact due dates. Homework will be graded by you according to the
following scale.
3 = problem completed on your own, with work and answer completely shown.
2= problem completed with help from the website, with work and answer completely shown
1= incomplete problem or no work shown
0= problem not complete
Concept 1- Class Procedures
Hand Out Textbooks Holt Physics (1999)
Discuss Summer Assignment. See website for actual assignment. (Due middle of second week)
Concept 2- Metric System and Significant Figures Example Problem
Read p. 12 and p. 17 (Blue boxes) as reviews of topics
Read pp. 46-47
Concept 3- Lab: “How Fast are You?” Data Collection
Concept 4- Post-Lab “How Fast are You?”. Show Vernier Software)
Instantaneous and Average Speed (Graphical, Algebraic, and Motion Map
Begin work on H1: p. 69-70: 8, 11,12,13,15, 16 (18 point assignment)
75.73 km/hr
(47.07 mi/hr)
5.436 m/s
(a) xa = 70 m (b) xb = 140 m (c) vav(a) = 14 m/s (d) vav(b) =28 m/s
(a) 53.5 km/hr
(b) 91 km
274 km/hr (rounding may make answer slightly different than posted)
(a)126 sec
(b) 1260 cm
(12.6 m)
Concept 5- Vectors: The Parallelogram Method
Read pp. 84-87
Begin Work on H2: p. 114-115: 22, 24, 25 (9 point assignment)
22. (a) 5 blocks; 53o N of E (E 53o N)
(b) 13 blocks
24. 42.7 yards; 21 o sideways of forward
25. 8.07 m; 42 o S of E (E 42o S)
Concept 6- Vectors: The Component Method
Read pp. 92-97 (Note Especially Example 3C on pp. 95-96)
Begin Work on H3: pp.114-115: 23, 27, 29, 55, 60 (15 point assignment)
23. ax = 108 m; ay =-19.1 m
27. ax = 31.5 m; ay = 26.4 m
29. 240 m; 57 o S of W (W 57 o S)
55. (a) 12.5 m/s; 16 o S of E (E 16 o S)
(b) 108.8 sec (1.8 min)
60. 157 km; 23 o W of N (N 23o W)
(Hint: Convert velocity vectors to displacement vectors before “adding”)
Concept 7- Motion Detector Lab (2 days)
Concept 8-Connections between types of graphs. Use Moving Man as Demo.
Concept 9- Area Under the Curve Problems
H4: Graphing Worksheet (Handed out in class; original and answers posted on line)
Concept 10- The Difference between Speed and Acceleration (Constant Speed Car vs RC Car)
Big 5 Motion Equations and Example Problems
Read pp. 48-58
H5: pp. 71-75: 22, 24, 27, 30, 56, 57 (18 point assignment)
22. 0.75 m/s
24. (a) 72 m/s (b) 5.0 sec
27. (a) vf = 72 m/s
(b) 45 sec
30.(a) vf =1.5 m/s
(b) d = 32 m
56. (a) 24.6 sec
(b) 738 m
57. (a) t1 = 4.69 sec; t2 = 85.3 sec; v= 61 m/s
Concept 11- Test Review
A handout will be given a week before the test with problems that practice similar skills as on the
exam. This is solely for your preparation, it will not be collected or graded.
Concept 12- Test
The test is drawn from AP Physics B problems and New York Regent Exams. The format will be
20 questions multiple choice and three short answer. Some tests will be taken over two days.
Concept 13- Test Corrections
You will have an opportunity to “go over” your test and correct it. This is an assignment that is
added to the test grade.