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IB Physics HL - Year 1 (2019-2020)



  • discuss briefly the history of modeling motion
  • differentiate between average and instantaneous speeds and define constant speed
  • determine if a toy car moves with constant speed
  • create a scatter plot of the motion of a toy car and discuss the significance of its slope
  • homework - read to p. 11 in the booklet (Physics: An Introduction); do the 6 math questions on p. 10


  • define distance, displacement, speed, velocity and acceleration
  • "read" position,velocity and acceleration graphs and relate them to one another



  • derive the kinematic (or suvat) equations
  • practice using the kinematic equations
  • homework - solve sample IB test questions on motion graphs


  • test over motion graphs, with general questions about distance, displacement, speed (average and instantaneous), velocity and acceleration
  • homework - install Logger Pro on your laptop (on a school-issued laptop, install it from the Software Center; on all other laptops, use these instructions); read pp. 27-38 in your textbook


  • graph the motion data in this spreadsheet and add trendlines
  • practice interpreting trendlines and using the extracted (velocity and acceleration) information to interpolate and extrapolate (file 1file 2)
  • homework - do test corrections on a separate sheet of paper; also, complete the worksheet from class


  • picture day
  • read what Aristotle and Galileo had to say about falling "bodies"
  • study how objects fall using a "motion detector" - lab instructions
  • homework - finish the lab at home; read (and take notes on) pp. 8-16 in your textbook
  • check your Interpolations and Extrapolations homework against the key


  • use the kinematic equations for modeling freely falling objects - worksheet
  • homework - read about experimental uncertainty (its measurement and propagation in calculations) - handout


  • begin formal lab investigation of free fall acceleration (enter data here)
  • the general Lab Report Format


  • "linearize" the free fall data in Logger Pro; add trend lines
  • the lab report will be due 9/20 (at 11:59 pm) through
  • practice solving motion problems
  • homework - complete the motion problems (answer key)


  • introduce a new way to represent vectors - 3Blue1Brown video
  • model 2D projectile motion
  • homework - read pp. 39-43 in your textbook


  • test over 1D motion (with a focus on the kinematic equations, but including a few graph-related questions) - postponed until 9/24
  • continue modeling of projectiles launched at an angle
  • study this animation of a launched projectile
  • the lab report is due tonight through
  • homework - solve these kinematics problems (answer key); review for the test


  • test over kinematics (no 2D projectiles)


  • complete analysis of projectile motion
  • solve projectile practice problems (key at end of document)
  • homework - complete the worksheet of projectile problems
  • by the end of next week, pay the fee to participate in the IB Physics field trip to iFLY, scheduled for Monday, Oct 21
























  • discuss the independence of a projectile's horizontal and vertical velocity
  • PhET projectile motion simulation (lab instructions)
  • homework - complete the online lab



  • determine the acceleration due to gravity in the Angry Birds game -  video
  • solve IB problems on projectiles
  • homework - review for quiz on projectiles next class; pay for iFLY before Monday


  • quiz over projectile motion
  • discuss the certainty of our knowledge


  • an introduction to epistemology, the study of knowledge
  • distinguishing between deduction and induction - worksheet
  • homework - please review the end of the PowerPoint and read the Scientific Laws document below
  • The Laws of Nature (PowerPoint)
  • TED Talk: "Do we see reality as it is?"
  • Scientific Laws and What They Say

**No school on Monday or Tuesday**


  • investigate various types of forces (online activity)
  • discuss the various types of forces in the universe
  • discuss Newton's First Law; define inertia
  • STUDENTS: before going to iFLY, you or your parent must complete this
  • online waiver!! go ahead and do this asap; reservation #4115004005



  • field trip to iFLY !!
Lab Report Format

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

2.3 Work, Energy, and Power

2.4 Momentum

Unit One-Page Overviews

3.1 Thermal Concepts

3.2 Modelling a gas

6.1 Circular Motion

4.1 Oscillations

4.2 Travelling Waves

4.3 Wave Characteristics

5.1 Electric Fields

Parabolas in the NFL: the physics of a football punt
projectile motion

Science does not aim at establishing immutable truths and eternal dogmas; its aim is to approach the truth by successive approximations, without claiming that at any stage final and complete accuracy has been achieved. - Bertrand Russell