Applications, current and potential difference, electric circuits, and electric power and energy are the topics considered in this unit. Applications involving electricity, as outlined in part A, form the basis upon which the other main topics in this unit should be considered. Optional Unit VII can be used as an extension of this Core Unit.
Foundational Obejctives and Common Essential Learnings
In this unit students will increase their abilities to:
- Interpret information about electric circuits from schematic diagrams.
- Demonstrate an ability to develop and manipulate a variety of relationships when solving problems.
- Apply an understanding of concepts dealing with electricity to common experiences and practical applications.
- Recognize the importance of safety when working with electrical equipment.
- Perform a variety of activities to investigate electricity.
- Determine ways in which electrical energy can be conserved.
- Consider some of the implications of increased energy demands in the future.
- Use inductive and deductive reasoning when solving problems in physics.
- Understand and use the vocabulary, structures and forms of expression which characterize physics. (COM)
- Understand the uses and abuses of mathematical concepts in everyday life. (NUM)
- Promote both intuitive, imaginative thought and the ability to evaluate ideas, processes, experiences and objects in physics in meaningful contexts. (CCT)
- Appreciate the value and limitations of technology within society. (TL)
- Meet their own learning needs. (IL)
- Treat themselves and others with respect. (PSVS)