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IB Physics SL+HL (Two Years) (2018-2019*) *year 1 of 2

Unit One-Page Overviews

1.1 Measurements in physics

1.2 Uncertainties and errors

1.3 Vectors and scalars

2.1 Motion

2.2 Forces



  • An introduction to the mathematical modeling of simple motion, including the concepts of average speed and Cartesian coordinates for recording direction
  • Homework - Read (and solve all problems in) Chapter 1 of Perrone's book


  • Graph the motion of a toy car and make sense of the trendline; draw and interpret various position and velocity graphs


  • Define acceleration and derive the kinematic equations
  • Analyze accelerated motion data in a spreadsheet
  • Homework - Read pp. 27-38 in the Oxford book (pay close attention to the Worked examples)


  • Quiz
  • Graph the accelerated motion in the spreadsheet above; interpret the trendlines
  • Practice interpreting trendlines and using the extracted (velocity and acceleration) information to interpolate and extrapolate (file 1file 2)
  • Homework - complete interpolation and extrapolation practice problems


  • Review the writings of Aristotle and Galileo on the nature of falling objects (and the existence of void)
  • Practice solving motion problems
  • Homework - complete the 10 Kinematics Problems (partial key) and read pp.5-13 in Perrone's book, Chapters 3 & 4; you don't need to solve problems in the book


  • Discuss uncertainties in measurement
  • Conduct laboratory investigation in which we determine the rate of gravitational acceleration
  • Homework - read Section 1.2 in the Oxford book; install Logger Pro













  • Linearize data (spreadsheet)
  • Complete data collection and analysis for free fall lab
  • Homework - type up the Exploration portion of the lab; try to linearize the data (6th pd) and find the min and max gradients (both 5th and 6th pds); the video above helps with the mins and maxes; 6th pd - linearization is explained in this video (watch from 3:00 to 5:50), what she does to charge, you should do to time


  • Complete the free fall lab
  • Practice interpreting motion data
  • Homework - the finished lab is due Thursday the 13th at midnight; submit it using


  • turn in the lab using (by midnight)
  • Analyze the motion of a tossed ball using a motion detector and Logger Pro (instructions)
  • Analyze motion with Algodoo (instructions) -- you can download Algodoo from the school's Software Center or find it free online
  • Homework - answers to 4 practice problems on wall


  • test over material to date
  • Homework - read pp. 39-43 in the Oxford book and sections 3.2.1, 3.2.3, 3.3.4 and 4.5 (no practice problems) in my book (Chps 3-4) (read for comprehension)


  • Discuss relative motion and its relevance to projectile motion
  • Model projectile motion


  • Study (1D) free fall in more detail here
  • upcoming quiz on Thursday, 9/27
Lab Report Format

finding the minimum and maximum gradients

with Logger Pro

Practice matching motion to graphs with this interactive.

Apollo 15 (1971)

And I'm free, free fallin'