Teacher: Christopher DiCarlo
Extra Help: Monday 3:00-4:00 or by appointment.

Useful Links

Formula Sheets - Big Idea sheets from Class
Textbook Readings You must be signed into your Innovation Academy account to view the readings
Logger Pro - You must be logged into your Innovation Academy account to download Logger Pro
Math Review - You Tube videos of math concepts that commonly arise in physics.

Course Overview

Instructor Contact Info:

Christopher DiCarlo       

Email:  (If you would prefer to call, please leave a message with the main office and ask them to notify me by email.  I will return your call as soon as possible.)

Extra Help: Monday 3:00 - 4:00 PM or by appointment.


Students are required to have the following supplies at the beginning of each class:

  • A 1” three ring binder dedicated to Physics.  There will be many three-hole punched handouts.  There will be occasional graded notebook checks.

  • Loose leaf paper or a spiral bound notebook.

  • A planner to track assignments

  • Though not required, having your own scientific calculator will alleviate the need for class supplies and allow you to get familiar and efficient with it.  Phones are not acceptable substitutes for calculators.

Essential Questions:

How do the laws of physics affect our everyday lives?

How can we use concepts from physics improve our understanding of physical systems?  How can we make physics work for us?

Semester Overview:  

In the first semester we will focus on the topics of motion and energy.  Students will explore these topics through experimentation problem solving and research projects.  Subjects of study will vary from satellites in space to roller coasters on Earth.  In the second semester the class focus will shift to the behavior of waves and electromagnetism.  Students will build a musical instrument out of PVC pipes and working speakers out of magnets and wires.

Assessment Overview/Strands:

Final grades for this course will be a combination of the four following strands:

  1. Experimentation: (30%) Science is built upon a foundation of experiments.  Students are assessed on the essential habits of experimentation in a wide variety of contexts:  observing, measuring, recording, analyzing, and forming evidence-based conclusions. Typical assessments include: lab work, and lab reports

  2. Enduring Understanding: (30%) Often the most innovative advances in science and technology depend on linking together ideas from more than one field.  Scientists must have deep knowledge and an understanding of how multiple ideas are related.  Enduring understanding will assess students’ ability to work with and extend the ideas presented in class.  Typical assessments include: Quizzes, Tests, and graded homework.

  3. Modeling: (20%) Models are useful tools to enhance scientific literacy.  Students can build physical models, computer simulations, or create conceptual models/maps to represent processes or principles that exist in the natural world. Typical assessments include: Project work and computer modeling.

  4. Work Habits: (20%) The Work Habits strand reflects the effort students have put into completing homework, studying regularly, and working in class. Students with strong work habits grades are putting consistent, effective effort into their schoolwork.  Typical assessments include: homework, class participation, and timely project completion.

Student Expectations:

  1. Students are expected to show respect for themselves, their peers, the instructor, guests, class materials and equipment.

  2. Students are expected to contribute to a positive learning environment in the class.

  3. Students are expected to adhere to all safety rules in the class.

  4. Students are expected to bring a pencil or pen, 3-ring binder with notes, and agenda book, to every class.

Absence Policy:

If you are absent, it is your responsibility to contact me or your classmates to find out what work was assigned in your absence.  Upon return to class, please submit work that was due while you were out.

Work assigned while you were out will be due at the following class meeting.  Due dates for work that was assigned prior to your absence will not be changed unless approved by the instructor.  

Honors Policy:

Students may elect to take this course for honors credit.  Honors students will keep an online science current events journal.  The journal should be updated weekly.  During the semester, honors students will share an interesting article with the class for discussion.  

Semester 1 Major Units of Study:

1D Kinematics (Weeks 1 - 4)


  • Units

  • Displacement, Velocity and Time

  • Graphing


  • Measurement Lab

  • Displacement and Velocity Graphing and Narrative

Newton’s Laws (Weeks 5 - 9)


  • Newtons Three Laws of Motion

  • Force

  • Momentum


  • Free Fall Lab

  • Atwood Machine Lab

  • Accelerated Motion Model

Kinematics with Constant Acceleration (Weeks 10-15)


  • Projectile Motion

  • Circular Motion

  • Universal Gravitaiton


  • Rocket Project

  • Circular Motion Lab

Work and Energy (Weeks 16-20)


  • Conservation of Energy

  • Kinetic Energy Potential Energy


  • Bungee Jumper Challenge

Semester 2 Major Units of Study:

Simple Harmonic Motion and Waves (Week 1 - Week 6)


  • Properties Periodic and Simple Harmonic Motion

  • Behavior of Waves

  • Light

  • Electromagnetic Spectrum


  • Quiz/Test

  • Spring Lab

  • Electromagnetic Spectrum Research Project

Electricity and Magnetism (Week 7 - Week 19)


  • Ohm’s Law

  • Circuits

  • Coulumb’s Law

  • Magnetic Fields and Electric Charges


  • Quiz/Test

  • Circuits Lab

  • Speaker Project

  • Electricity Generation Research Project