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Physics 30

November 22, 2022

The instructor for this course is Josh Balaberda

Course History

First Offered in 2000

Developed by Tony Antonopoulos

Redeveloped by Josh Balaberda in 2015

Curriculum Guide

Pre-requisite Physical Science 20

Physics 30 has as its major component, the topic of mechanics (the study of motion). Scientific and mathematical principles are used to analyze motion, and then through the study of dynamics (forces) and mechanical energy the different types of motion are investigated. After considering situations which involve motion on the earth's surface, the study of motion is extended to consider situations on a universal scale. The course then switches gears and touches on magnetic and electric fields before finishing with some modern physics.  We look into Nuclear technology as well as some introduction to quantum mechanics and relativity.  

Course Information / Credit Recovery Units

Unit 1:  Motion (28 Days)

Conversion and Significant Figures

Motion Along a Straight Line

Free Fall – Acceleration Due to Gravity


Projectile Motion

Unit 2: Force (21 Days)

Newton's First Law

Newton's Second Law

Newton's Third Law

Free Fall and Drag Force

Circular Motion

Centripetal Force

Unit 3:  Mechanical Energy (21 days)

Energy and Work Introduction

Work and Kinetic Energy

Work and Potential Energy

Conservation of Energy

Conservation of Energy in Real Life Situations

Unit 4:  Momentum (21 days)

Impulse and Momentum

Collisions in One Dimension

Collisions in Two Dimensions

Lab Assignment 

Unit 5:  Gravitational Fields (21 days)

Introduction to Solar Systems

Law of Universal Gravitation

Gravitation Near the Earth's Surface

A New Perspective

Unit 6:  Magnetic and Electric Fields (14 days)


Electric Field Lines

Coulomb's Law

Magnetism and Electromagnetism

Unit 7: Nuclear Technology (14 days)

The Nucleus


Fission and Fusion

Nuclear Research Assignment #1

Nuclear Research Assignment #2

Unit 8: Quantum Mechanics and Relativity (7 days)



Quantum Mechanics

Quantum Mechanics Research Assignment

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