•  "All science is either physics or stamp collecting."

    Physics is the study of everything from tiny sub-atomic particles to giant supernovas and black holes. The topics studied can be divided into three sections.  In each section, students should be able to answer the following questions.
     
    FORCE
     
    How can Newton's second law accurately predict the changes in motion of objects?
    Why is momentum defined for a particular frame of reference?
    What is the mathematical form of momentum?
    How is the total momentum of a system changed when the system interacts with objects outside the system?
    How can Newton's law of universal gravitation describe and predict the effects of gravitational forces between distant objects?
    Why can forces be explained by fields?
    What are the relationships between magnetic fields and electric fields?
     
    ENERGY
     
    Why is energy a quantitative property of a system?
    Why is there a single quantity called energy?
    How does energy manifest itself in multiple ways?
    Why do mathematical expressions that quantify stored energy depend on its configuration?
    How does the availability of energy limit what can occur in any system?
    How can energy be transformed but still conserved?
    What happens to unequal energy distributions in systems over time?
    Why is energy converted to thermal energy in the surrounding environment considered to be a less useful form of energy?
     
    WAVES
     
    How are wavelength and frequency related?
    What factors determine the speed of a wave?
    What effects do waves have on one another as they cross?
    How can electromagnetic radiation be both a wave and a particle?
    What is the impact on living tissue when short wavelength radiation is absorbed?
    What is the impact on materials when long wavelength radiation is absorbed?