PROGRAM

Physics is a science that studies the universe and how it works. Throughout history, many scientists have studied Physics in order to understand and learn the laws of nature. The aim of this course is to help students understand these laws and to develop the necessary mathematical skills to apply them. If students understand the lessons they study they become more motivated to learn and take greater pleasure in their work. The best thing about Physics is that there is little to memorize and concepts that seem difficult at first are in fact easily grasped after studying the topic. Using Physics to find the answers to questions that occupy us in our daily life is like lifting a curtain from in front of our eyes.

 

PHYSICS 9 – Grade 9 required course (2 hours)

Textbook: Randall Knight, Brian Jones and Stuart Field College Physics: A Strategic Approach and its associated workbooks. Students do not need to purchase the text book. The workbooks should be brought to class.

Physics 9 combined with Physics 10 make up the introductory physics course taken by all UAA students. The focus in grade 9 is on Nature of Physics, Matter and Properties, Force and Motion, Energy, Heat and Temperature, and Static Electricity. Although the emphasis is on conceptual understanding, students will be expected to solve problems requiring strong algebraic skills. Laboratory work includes data collection with electronic sensors, video analysis, and graph analysis with technology like TI graphing calculators, spreadsheets and software dedicated to the sensor equipment. Students will be expected to demonstrate a conceptual understanding whenever they apply mathematics to physical problems.

 

Physics is based on clear and logical thinking in order to solve what at first may appear to be complex problems and systems. This course will strengthen their analytical and problem solving skills and give them a deeper appreciation of how things work. The theoretical topics will be supported by laboratory work. Students are expected to use the correct English terminology, synthesize and evaluate ideas, solve problems, perform accurate analysis and calculations, and present the results in the correct format.

 

Assessments are based on homework, laboratory group work, worksheets and handouts, as well as written exams and quizzes.

 

PHYSICS 10 – Grade 10 required course (4 hours)

Textbook: Randall Knight, Brian Jones and Stuart Field College Physics: A Strategic Approach and its associated workbooks and online homework site masteringphysics.com.

Physics 10 continues from Physics 9 which together make up the introductory physics course taken by all UAA students. The topics in grade 10 include Kinematics, Motion at the Earth’s Surface in one and two Dimensions, Vector Operation and Relative Motion, Newton’s Laws, Energy-Work Done, Liquid Pressure, Electricity and  Magnetism, Wave Motion and Ray Optics.

 

Students will continue to strengthen the graphical and mathematical skills introduced in Physics 9 and be able to accurately use their scientific calculator. Students will be expected to demonstrate a conceptual understanding whenever they are applying mathematics to physical problems.

 

Physics is based on clear and logical thinking in order to solve what at first may appear to be complex problems and systems. This course will strengthen your analytical and problem solving skills and give you a deeper appreciation of how things work. The theoretical topics will be supported by laboratory work. Students are expected to use the correct English terminology, synthesize and evaluate ideas, solve problems, perform accurate analysis and calculations, and present the results in the correct format.

 

Assessments are based on homework, laboratory group work, worksheets and handouts, as well as written exams and quizzes.

 

PHYSICS 10 IB HIGHER LEVEL – Grade 10 IB program elective course (5 hours)

Textbook: Physics for the IB Diploma 6th edition, K. A. Tsokos, Cambridge University Press, College Physics Workbook Knight-Jones-Fıeld and online homework site masteringphysics.com.

It consists of the following topics: Measurements and Uncertainties, Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Circular Motion and Gravitation Waves, Electricity and Magnetism, Circular Motion and Gravitation, Atomic, Nuclear and Particle physics, Energy Production, Wave Phenomena, Fields, Electromagnetic Induction, Quantum and Nuclear Physics, and Engineering Physics.

The graphing calculator is used throughout the course. The aim of this course is to prepare our students for IB examinations, but also as stated in the IB Physics HL guide “to enable the students to enjoy physics, appreciate the international dimension in physics through an awareness of the universality of physics and its multicultural and historical perspectives, and to appreciate the contribution of physics to other disciplines, and as a particular “area of knowledge” in the TOK course”. As part of the in-school coursework, which will be sent to the IB but marked in school, each student will do an internal assessment that consists of a physics project designed by the student, will be collecting and analyzing data in an exploration on a topic that he/she is interested in, and writing a formal paper on the subject. This paper will be between 6 to 12 pages long and will form 20 % of the IBDP grade.

The students will be expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding, perform basic arithmetic functions, perform calculations involving means, decimals, fractions, ratios approximations and reciprocals.  Use standard notation.  Use direct and inverse proportion.  Solve algebraic equations.  Solve linear simultaneous equations.  Plot graphs.  Interpret graphs.  Draw lines of best fit.  Construct lines of maximum and minimum gradients with relative accuracy.  Interpret data.  Use x-bar notation.  Express uncertainties to one or two significant figures.

Assessments are based on class participation and completion of homework and worksheets, quizzes, projects and exams. Assessment exercises will include past IB questions, application of theorems and properties, and use of correct English terminology.

 

ADVANCED PHYSICS 1 – Grade 11 elective course (4 hours)

Textbook:  Randall Knight, Brian Jones and Stuart Field College Physics: A Strategic Approach and its associated workbooks and website.

 

Advanced Physics 1 is an algebra-based course in general physics.  Advanced Physics 1 and 2 together cover the material needed for the Turkish University Entrance Exams. This course is strongly recommended if the students are planning to take Advanced Physics 2 in grade 12.

 

Lab work is integral to the understanding of the concepts in this course.

All students previously attended a 4x40 minutes Introduction to Physics course during 10th grade and many chapters from mechanics like kinematics, dynamics, energy-work done have been studied in this course. All those chapters will be reviewed in the beginning of Advanced Physics 1 course with couple of worksheets. Other chapters that would be taught in this course are Impulse-Momentum, Circular Motion, Rotational Motion, Oscillation (SHM), Static Electricity: Electric force, fields, capacitance, electric potential, electric potential energy, DC Circuits: Simple DC circuits, Kirchhoff's Laws.

 

Students will be given two written exams and two performance grades each semester. The performance grades will be based on class participation, preparation, group work activities and other class activities, quizzes, optional “Real World Activity” presentation, lab work (Lab work may take several in-class days to finish and students may have to do work outside of class as well) and homework. The semester grade will be an average of the four marks and it will be a percentage.

 

This course is very strongly recommended for students planning to take any national and/or international exams and especially to those students intending to study science or engineering at university.

 

AP PHYSICS C: MECHANICS - Grade 11 elective (4 hours)

 

This course has a prerequisite. It cannot be taken with Advanced Physics 1

Textbook: Kaplan AP Physics B & C 2014 to 2015 (Kaplan AP Series) by Paul Heckert

 

This is an university-level course. Students should have an average of at least 85 % from their physics and math courses at the end of the first term in grade 10 to be able to take this course. AP Physics C: Mechanics is equivalent to an entry level university course for physics and engineering students and receives credit at many universities both internationally and now in Turkey. The curriculum of this course has been approved by the College Board as an Advanced Placement course.  What separates it from the standard physics courses is its reliance on calculus. The course will at times feel more like a mathematics course than a typical science course, and students should be prepared accordingly. Topics to be covered include Derivatives, Integrals, Motion in 1 and 2 Dimensions, Forces, Work-Energy, Momentum, Rotational Motion and Rotational Dynamics and Simple Harmonic Motion, Gravitation and Mechanical Waves.  

Students should already be familiar with vectors, coordinate systems, graphs, as well as many of the concepts of mechanics such as velocity, acceleration, force and energy. The course will begin with an introduction to limits, derivatives and integrals and then proceed to their applications in physics. Laboratory work will be conducted as well.

 

Students are expected to use the correct English terminology, synthesize and evaluate ideas, solve problems, perform accurate analysis and calculations, and present the results in the correct format. Assessments are based on group work, laboratory reports, worksheets, hand-outs, written exams and quizzes.

 

This course is recommended to students eager to explore the mathematical foundations of physics at an advanced level. If a student chooses to take Advanced Physics 1 then he/she cannot take AP Physics C Mechanics or vice versa because there are many overlapping topics between these courses. A student may choose to take the external AP exam as part of their university application or in order to receive college credit at many institutions.

 

PHYSICS 11 IB HIGHER LEVEL– Grade 11 IB program elective course (7 hours)

 

Textbook: Physics for the IB Diploma 6th edition, K. A. Tsokos, Cambridge University Press

 

Grade 11 HL Physics is a continuation of the 10th grade course.  Students will go into more detail into engineering, study Waves, Electricity and Magnetism and Atomic, Nuclear and Particle Physics.  Students will also need to complete a Project known as the ‘Internal Assessment’.  As part of the in-school course work, which will be sent to the IB but marked in school, each student will do an Internal Assessment that consists of a physics project designed by the student, will be collecting and analyzing data in an exploration on a topic that he/she is interested in, and writing a formal paper on the subject. This paper will be between 6 to 12 pages long and will form 20 % of the IBDP grade.

 

The graphing calculator is used throughout the course. The aim of this course is to prepare our students for IB examinations, but also as stated in the IB Physics HL guide “to enable the students to enjoy physics, appreciate the international dimension in physics through an awareness of the universality of physics and its multicultural and historical perspectives, and to appreciate the contribution of physics to other disciplines, and as a particular “area of knowledge” in the TOK course”.

 

The students will be expected to; demonstrate knowledge, perform basic arithmetic functions, perform calculations involving means, decimals, fractions, ratios approximations and reciprocals, use standard notation, use direct and inverse proportion, solve algebraic equations, solve linear simultaneous equations, plot graphs, interpret graphs, draw lines of best fit, construct lines of maximum and minimum gradients with relative accuracy, interpret data, use x-bar notation and express uncertainties to one or two significant figures.

 

Assessments are based on class participation and completion of homework and worksheets, quizzes, projects and exams. Assessment exercises will include past IB questions, application of theorems and properties, and use of correct English terminology.

 

 

PHYSICS 11 IB STANDARD LEVEL – Grade 11 IB program elective course (7 hours)

Textbook: Physics for the IB Diploma 6th edition, K. A. Tsokos, Cambridge University Press

IB 11 SL Physics is a continuation of the 10th grade SL course. Physics SL course has core chapters like: Electricity and Magnetism, Oscillation and Wave Motion, Atomic, Nuclear and Particle Physics and Relativity. The aim of this course is to prepare our students for IB examinations, but also as stated in the IB Physics guide “to enable the students to enjoy physics, appreciate the international dimension in physics through an awareness of the universality of physics and its multicultural and historical perspectives, and to appreciate the contribution of physics to other disciplines, and as a particular “area of knowledge” in the TOK course”.

Students will also need to complete a Term Project known as the Internal Assessment.  As part of the in-school course work, which will be sent to the IB but marked in school, each student will do an Internal Assessment that consists of a physics project designed by the student, each student will be collecting and analyzing data in an exploration on a topic that he/she is interested in, and writing a formal paper on the subject. This paper will be between 6 to 12 pages long and will form 20 % of the IB grade. The graphing calculator is used throughout the course.

Assessments are based on class participation and completion of homework and worksheets, quizzes, projects and exams. Assessment exercises will include past IB questions, application of theorems and properties, and use of correct English terminology.

 

ADVANCED PHYSICS 2 – Grade 12 elective course (4 hours)

Textbook:  Randall Knight, Brian Jones and Stuart Field College Physics: A Strategic Approach and its associated workbooks and website.

Advanced Physics 2 is an algebra-based course in general physics. Successful completion of Advanced Physics 1 or AP C Mechanics course is strongly recommended to any student planning to take Advanced Physics 2 course. Those grade 11 and grade 12 courses together cover the material needed for the Turkish University Entrance Exam.

Lab work is integral to the understanding of the concepts in this course.

In Advanced Physics 2 course, the major topics studied are Magnetic Fields and Forces, Electromagnetism, AC Electricity, Fluids, Wave Optics, Ray Optics, Modern Physics: Relativity, Quantum Physics, Atom- Nuclear Physics and Thermodynamics. This course will allow you to develop your mathematical, analytical and problem solving skills as you apply fundamental ideas to ever more complex systems.  

Students will be given two written exams and two performance grades each semester.  The semester grade will be an average of the four marks and it will be a percentage.

 

This course is very strongly recommended for students planning to take any National and/or International exams that cover Advanced Physics, and especially to those students intending to study science or engineering at university.

 

AP PHYSICS C - ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM – Grade 12 elective course (4 hours)

This course has prerequisites.

AP Physics C Electricity and Magnetism can be taken with Advanced Physics 2 resulting in a very full physics curriculum.

Textbook: Kaplan AP Physics B & C 2013 to 2014 (Kaplan AP Series) by Paul Heckert

AP Physics: C E&M is a calculus-based electricity and magnetism course, comparable to second semester at a university. The curriculum of this course has been approved by the College Board as an Advanced Placement course. Topics covered include Static Electricity, Coulomb force, Electric Field, Gauss’ law, Circuits, Magnetic Force, Sources of Magnetic Fields, Faraday’s Law and Alternating Current. Classes are four hours a week, with labs every one to two weeks. Laboratory activities are essential to the AP Physics C course. Students perform labs either to discover a fundamental concept (for example Ohm’s Law) or to apply a concept previously studied (for example wavelength measurements using diffraction grating). All lab experiments are hands-on activities. In the labs, students are supposed to perform experiments, interpret the results of observations and communicate results, including uncertainty assessment.

 

EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS – Grade 12 elective course (2 hours)

Textbook: TIPERS – Hieggelke, Maloney, Kanim, O’Kuma –Pearson Publication

Experimental Physics (EP) is an experiment based course in general physics. The purposes of the course are to give students hands-on experience with inquiry based experiments of general physics topics and in the process, to deepen their understanding of the relations between experiment and theory. Experimental Physics must be taken at the same time as Advanced Physics 2. The course covers experiments on physical measurements, mechanics, fluids dynamics, electricity - magnetism and optics  with the mathematical analysis of physical errors associated with the experimental process.

Students will be given two written assessment and two performance grades each semester.