The World of Physics: Rockets, Coasters, and Waves, will be exploring several aspects of Physics: Newton’s Laws of Motion, as well as Light and Sound. Students will design, construct, test and launch a 2-Liter bottle rockets powered only by air and water. Students will study potential and kinetic energy as we construct our own roller coasters, and we will also hear and see the physics of light and sound as we “surf” these waves to understand how they work! No experience necessary, but an understanding of basic math/algebra is helpful. This course falls under the Communication, Critical Thinking and Personal and Social Institutional Level Outcomes.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Develop valuable critical thinking skills in which they will be able to gather, organize, and analyze data from various sources and apply that to their own projects
- Understand and use Newton's three laws of motion
- Understand the interaction of potential and kinetic energy, as well as momentum
- Understand the properties of waves and how they apply to light, sound, and physical waves