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CK-12 21st Century Physics - A Compilation of Contemporary and Emerging Technologies

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12
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  • 1.

    State of Virginia Introduction

  • 2.

    Toward Understanding Gravitation.

    This chapter addresses our changing understanding of gravitation and introduces the student to a few interesting areas of astronomy and cosmology including dark matter and dark energy.

  • 3.

    Nuclear Energy

    This chapter is a short non-mathematical course introducing high school physics students and interested non-scientists to the physics of the atomic nucleus and to phenomena associated with nuclear fission.

  • 4.

    The Standard Model of Particle Physics

    The first part of this chapter helps explain a couple of the remaining fundamental questions of physics: What are the building blocks of matter and what are the forces that hold these particles together?

  • 5.

    The Standard Model and Beyond

    This chapter explains current experiments in particle physics, the large particle colliders, and other equipment and instrumentation used in attempts to tease data to validate or reject several emerging theories.

  • 6.

    A Brief Synopsis of Modern Physics

    This chapter has been cast into a series of 11 major questions in an effort to lead the student through an understanding of how modern physics came about, some of its components, some lingering problems in its theories, and some of its implications.

  • 7.


    The chapter explores nanoscience, the discovery and study of novel phenomena at the molecular scale (between 10 and 100nm) and the creation of new concepts to describe them.

  • 8.

    Biophysics (Medical Imaging)

    This chapter addresses major medical imaging technologies and their foundations in physics, specifically ultrasound. Today we have access to incredibly advanced non-invasive imaging technology for the analysis of our health.

  • 9.

    Kinematics: Motion, Work, and Energy

    In this chapter we identify the terms used to characterize motion and study the work done by one or more forces on one or more bodies in order to determine the types of energy involved.

  • 10.

    Laboratory Activities

    This chapter presents 15 physics experiments that utilize 21st century technology to conduct investigations that can be used in the high school classroom. The PASCO Xplorer GLX handheld interface is highlighted with downloadable labs hyperlinked throughout the chapter.

  • 11.

    Statistical Physics and Random Walks

  • 12.

    Modeling and Simulation in the Physics Classroom

    This chapter presents several examples of how physics content can be taught using modeling and simulation. Modeling and simulation have been used for design, test, evaluation, and training in the industry for several decades.

  • 13.

    Modeling and Simulating NASA's Launch Abort System

    It is valuable to model and simulate complex systems to better understand how they work and improve their design. Physical laws and assumptions are applied using a computer program to simulate the motion of NASA’s Launch Abort System.

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Feb 23, 2012
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May 23, 2016
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