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Hewitt's Conceptual Physics -- 9th and 12th?

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I will have a 9th grader and a 12th grader.  I broached the subject of doing physics together next year because neither has had it yet, and I thought the projects might be more fun for them to do together.  Both of them think this might be a good plan.  12th grader is not planning on a STEM field but generally likes science concepts, but math is not her favorite; she also likes audio visual components, and CP has a bunch of videos.  9th grader may possibly go STEM because he likes and does well in math (has had algebra 1 with AOPS), although science has not historically been his favorite; he generally prefers text to audio visual but does need to learn how to learn from audio visual.  (9th grader can take a more advanced physics later in high school if he so chooses.)  So I thought CP might be a good plan for both of them. 

 

I found the master thread on CP, but I couldn't get a lot of the links to other threads to come up; they just kept linking back to the master thread.

 

Videos for each chapter here: https://conceptualacademy.com/textbook/conceptual-physics  Read the section, watch the video -- seems like it would work well.

 

What is with the HewittDrewIt videos here? http://www.conceptualphysics.com/hewitt-drew-it.html  Is there already a list of corresponding chapters?

 

What about labs?  It looks like there is a lab manual.  What about this site's labs? https://www.arborsci.com/pages/conceptual-physics-supplementary-labs

 

Is there a lesson plan or syllabus or anything for this book?  Are there any chapters that can/should be skipped for an introductory course?

 

Anything else I should know?

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I taught this as a co-op class a few years back and had a range of grade levels, mostly 9th-11th. I will be teaching it again this coming year. Tonight I'm just tired as can be but will make a note to post more as I have a syllabus I used and a list of chapters that we did skip.

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My oldest used the community-college level book in 12th grade and loved it. We actually used the labs from DIVE because I already owned the CD, and he was able to watch some that were more equipment-intense than I could swing. Then he took physics from a professor in college who had a very similar approach but didn't use a textbook. 

I used something else for physics for my younger one, but when it came time to pick her college science, we found out that the online Physics professor used the Conceptual Physics book. That nailed it. She took it from him and loves that class (final this week), even as a liberal arts student. The labs used ordinary things from around the house like a tape measure, a ball, pennies, etc., or they watched labs. 

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Just listening in, because I will be doing CP with two of mine next year (high school junior and senior, neither of whom have science heavy ambitions, but do like science concepts).

Thanks for those who have posted! 

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I taught it in a co-op setting this year, but I used the high school textbook. I had 8th-12th graders, and some were just starting Algebra 1. 

Here is a lab book online.

https://assets.pearsonschool.com/asset_mgr/current/20126/conceptual-science-labmanual.pdf

This website had tons of resources. (chapters online, chapter summaries, concept development pages, slides, etc.)

http://richendollar.weebly.com/first-trimester.html

Another site with tons of resources. 

http://sctritonscience.com/Wilson/physics_homework_page.htm#UNIT 1: MECHANICS

This lab kit was very useful with the motion part of the book. We covered that first semester. 

https://www.homesciencetools.com/product/physics-experiment-lab-kit/

 

 

 

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31 minutes ago, arliemaria said:

What math would the student need to complete before using this text/video/lab?

I think just algebra 1, but I'm not sure. I know not calculus. 

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7 hours ago, arliemaria said:

What math would the student need to complete before using this text/video/lab?

For the high school textbook, Algebra 1 is what is needed. Students need to be able to plug numbers into formulas and solve for missing variables. They need to be able to work with exponents and use the Pythagorean theorem formula. 

As I said, I had a couple of students who were actually just starting Algebra 1 that year, but they were good math students who had moms at home who could help them with the math. I made covering the math problems a priority in my review time in class. 

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