May 29, 2019
Dear In-coming Honors Physics Student,
Welcome to Physics! In physics we will study macroscopic interactions in the physical world. This includes motion, forces, energy, momentum, gravitation, fluids, waves, and electromagnetism. Physics will change how you see the world around you!
As I’m sure you are aware, all science electives require a summer assignment. Honors Physics is no different. This assignment has two parts – a self-directed assignment and a more structured required assignment.
Let’s discuss the self-directed assignment first. What I mean by “self-directed” is that you will decide what you need to complete. You are upperclassmen and honors level students – that means you are at a point where you are responsible for your own educational success. That means taking the initiative to identify your weaknesses and working to improve them without a teacher or parent directing you to. This assignment is set up to help you with that. Physics requires a strong base in mathematics and logical reasoning skills. (Perhaps no course better prepares you for college due to the intense amount of critical thinking that is expected of you.) In order to insure that you have the required background skills, I have prepared a Kahoot quiz (linked on the page below). It will test your ability to perform the following tasks – metric and non-metric conversions, scientific notation, finding the slope of a line, significant figures, formula manipulation, and basic trigonometry. These are all skills that you are expected to have PRIOR to starting the course. The quiz should take you no more than 20 minutes. After you take it, you should think about how you did and felt while answering the questions. If you got everything correct without guessing, great! You are well-prepared and can move on to other tasks. If, on the other hand, you struggled with one or more areas, you should work through the tutorials that are linked on this page. Please note that while this will not be checked directly, it will be evident in your ability to function in this class.
The second assignment is required of all students and will count as two independent work grades. It will be due the second day of school. This assignment is linked below. You will print it, read the directions and solve the problems. Our first topic of the year will be motion and one of the necessary skills for motion is vector analysis. The first handout explains what vectors are and how we work with them in physics. The second handout will have you determine the sum of two or more vectors and also “resolve” one vector into two components. There is a tutorial link to a video on my YouTube channel that will assist you. Our first lab during the second week of school will examine vectors on a force table, so you will need to be familiar with this topic.
If you have any questions, please e-mail me at email@example.com. I will be checking my e-mail regularly, but it may take me 48 hours to respond. Good luck and I’m looking forward to seeing you in September!
Honors Physics Instructor 19-20