Accelerated Studies in Physics and Chemistry (ASPC)

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Learning vs. Not Learning

Skills and Prerequisites

Assignments, Homework and the Weekly Workload

Companion Resources

Preface to Students

Chapter 1: The Nature of Scientific Knowledge

Truth and Facts




The Scientific Method, Experimental Variables and Controls

Chapter 2: Motion and the Medieval Model of the Heavens

Computations in Physics

KMS Units

Dimensional Analysis

Accuracy and Precision

Significant Digits

Scientific Notation

Problem Solving Methods

Motion, Velocity and Acceleration

Velocity, Acceleration and Slope

Graphical Analysis of Motion

The Medieval Model of the Heavens

Key Historical Events and Scientists

Chapter 3: Newton’s Laws of Motion

Matter, Inertia, Mass and Force

Newton’s Laws of Motion

Showing Units of Measure in Computations


Applying Newton’s Laws of Motion

How a Rocket Works

Chapter 4: Variation and Proportion

The Language of Nature

Independent and Dependent Variables

Common Types of Variation

Normalizing Equations

Chapter 5: Energy

The Law of Conservation of Energy

Forms of Energy

The Energy Trail

Calculations with Energy


Applying Conservation of Energy

Conservation of Energy Problems

The Effect of Friction on a Mechanical System

Energy in the Pendulum

Chapter 6: Heat and Temperature

Temperature Scales

Temperature Unit Conversions

Deginitions of Common Terms

Heat Transfer Processes

Kinetic Theory of Gases

Specific Heat Capacity

Thermal Heat Capacity

Distinguishing Between Specific Heat and Thermal Conductivity

Chapter 7: Waves, Sound and Light

The Anatomy of Waves

Categorizing Waves

Wave Calculations

Wave Phenomena

Sound Waves

Frequencies of Sound Waves

Loudness of Sound

Connections Between Scientific and Musical Terms

Electromagnetic Waves and Light

Harmonics and Timbre

Chapter 8: Electricity and DC Circuits

Charge and Static Electricity

How Static Electricity Can Form

Electric Current

Electric Current

The Water Analogy

The Basic DC Electric Circuit

Two Secrets

Electrical Variables and Units

Ohm’s Law

What Exactly Are Resistors and Why Do We Have Them?

Through? Across? In?

Voltages Are Relative

Power in Electrical Circuits

Two-Resistor Networks

Equivalent Resistance

Significant Digits in Circuit Calculations

Larger Resistor Networks

Kirchhoff’s laws

Putting it All Together to Solve DC Circuits

Chapter 9: Fields and Magnetism

Types of Fields

Laws of Magnetism

The Right-Hand Rule

Solenoids, Generators and Transformers

Chapter 10 Substances

Review of Some Basics

Types of Substances

More on Solutions

Physical and Chemical Properties and Changes

Chapter 11: Atomic Models

The History of Atomic Models


Chapter 12: The Bohr and Quantum Models of the Atom

Atomic Spectra and the Bohr Model

The Quantum Model

Electron Configuration Notation

Atomic Masses, Mass Numbers and Isotopes

Chapter 13: Atomic Bonding

Atomic Bond

Valence Electrons and Energy Levels

Goals Atoms Seek to Fulfill

Metallic Bonds

Ionic Bonds

Valence Numbers and Ionic Compound Binary Formulas

Covalent Bonds

Diatomic Gases


Polyatomic Ions

Chapter 14: Chemical Reactions

Four Types of Chemical Reactions

Balancing Chemical Equations

Energy in Chemical Reactions

Reaction Rates and Collision Theory

Appendix A: Conversion Factors, Prefixes and Physical Constants

Appendix B: Chapter Objective Lists

Appendix C: Laboratory Experiments

Appendix D: Scientists Required for Cumulative Review

Appendix E: Unit Conversions Tutorial

Appendix F: References


John D. Mays

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