- 1. Introduction to Physics
An introduction to physics, the scientific method, measurement, and mathematics in physics.
- 2. Motion in a Straight Line
Covers one-dimensional kinematics including position, velocity, and acceleration.
- 3. Forces
Explains Newton's Laws of Motion and presents problems of force including friction.
- 4. Vectors
Covers vector mathematics used for two- and three-dimensional problems.
- 5. Motion in Two Dimensions
An overview of projectile, circular, and simple harmonic motion.
- 6. Universal Gravitation
Presents Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion and Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation.
- 7. Momentum
Covers impulse, momentum, and conservation of momentum in one and two dimensions.
- 8. Work, Power, and Simple Machines
Explains work, power, and the relationship between the two; illustrates the six simple machines.
- 9. Energy
Introduces different forms of energy and energy conservation.
- 10. Thermal Energy
Describes heat, temperature, and thermal energy transfer.
- 11. The Fluid States
Describes the characteristics of fluids and explains the Universal and Combined Gas Laws.
- 12. Waves and Energy Transfer
Introduces transverse and longitudinal waves and illustrates wave phenomena such as the Doppler effect.
- 13. Light
Presents the characteristics of light including reflection and refraction.
- 14. Geometric Optics
Explains the geometry of concave and convex mirrors and lenses using the mathematical ray model for light
- 15. Diffraction and Interference of Light
Uses the wave model of light to introduce the concept of wave interference.
- 16. Static Electricity
Covers the basic properties of electrical interaction and introduces Coulomb’s Law to explain the force between charged particles.
- 17. Electric Fields
Explains the existence of electric fields and electric potential, and introduces the capacitor.
- 18. Current Electricity
Covers the flow of electricity and energy consumption in circuits with resistors.
- 19. Electrical Circuits
Explains the mathematical procedures for analyzing circuits that have resistors in series, parallel, or a combination of the two.
- 20. Magnetic Fields
Covers the properties of magnets and the relationship between electric current and magnetic fields fundamental to the function of electric motors.
- 21. Electromagnetic Induction
Explains the electromotive force, electric generators, Lenz’s Law, and the function and mathematics of transformers.
- 22. The Nucleus
Explains phenomena at the atomic level, such as radioactivity, nuclear reactions, and quarks.
- 23. The Atom
Covers the development of Bohr’s model of the atom and the change to the quantum mechanical model.
- 24. Astrophysics
Gives a brief history of astronomy and explains classification and the life cycle of stars.
- 25. Relativity
Explains Einstein’s theories of Special and General Relativity.