Physics is designed to provide students with an overview of traditional physics and the latest research in the field. Beginning with Newtonian mechanics, students learn that every object is acted upon by multiple predictable forces. The course moves on to investigate the laws of thermodynamics, covering fluid mechanics and the relationship between matter and energy. The course also explores the various models used to explain and apply the universal forces of electricity and magnetism. Students learn the characteristics of waves and the basics of optics before the final set of lessons on atomic physics. Here, students review the characteristics of the atom and its elemental particles and apply their knowledge to modern physics. Topics in this course will be reinforced through interactive, online lab assignments.
Tool Design [Mastery Projects]
WHY AND HOW CAN YOU MAKE BETTER TOOLS?
The current market trends suggest that the cooking, gardening, and automotive tool industries are profitable. The problem within these industries is that not everyone has the right tools, nor do the existing tools work for everyone. Jak Tool Company sells tools used in each of these industries and has hired you to redesign a tool based on user needs. Your mission is to use what you learned about physics as well as what you learned in the interview you conducted to create a better tool that maximizes the output based on the energy put in. Based on the user’s needs and wants, create a new design for a tool to better serve the client.
Circular Motion [Mastery Projects]
HOW DO THE PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS MAKE AMUSEMENT PARKS DARINGLY FUN, YET CURIOUSLY SAFE?
Visiting amusement parks is a quintessential summertime activity. Recently, there has been a push to bring back retro rides such as the Ferris wheel and merry-go-round. You will use the research you have gathered on the 1893 Ferris wheel or another ride that uses circular motion to redesign it with a different target audience in mind. Your engineering firm, BuildersRUs, has been contracted by the city of Tiny to help construct a modified circular motion ride for their newly built amusement park. You and the others on your design team are tasked with constructing a scale drawing of the new ride. You will need to be able to sell your design with a project pitch. The city officials will then select the model they like best, based on safety and efficiency.