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Engineering 1 is the freshman science course for students in the Space and Engineering Academy. Students in Engineering 1 learn physics, which is the foundation for space science, technology, and engineering. This course emphasizes the applications of physics through special team projects that accompany each unit. Engineering 1 provides students with a challenge, and prepares students for advanced science courses in their later high school years.

WebAssign is an online assignment delivery service that students use in Engineering 1 for all of their homework, labs, and in-class problem sets. Students get their assignments, submit them, and have the immediately graded on WebAssign. They also have on-demand access to their current grades on WebAssign.


Course Syllabus (Grading, Policies, Etc.)

Instructor: Mr. Moehnke

Links to Information About Each Unit of Our Course
Unit 1: Science & Engineering Schedule &
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Unit 2: Describing Motion Schedule &
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Unit 3: Laws of Motion Schedule &
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Unit 4: Energy Schedule &
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Unit 5: Momentum Schedule &
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Unit 6: Circular Motion & Gravity Schedule &
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Unit 7: Matter Schedule &
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Unit 8: Heat Energy Schedule &
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Unit 9: Waves & Sound Schedule &
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Unit 10: Light & Optics Schedule &
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Unit 11: Electricity & Magnetism Schedule &
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Unit 12: Nuclear Energy Schedule &
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Semester 1: The Study of Motion

Unit 1: Science and Engineering In this unit students learn the basic scientific skills they will need throughout the course, such as measurement, graphing, and the scientific method. The unit's project is a homemade mechanical timer contest, which is an application of the Scientific Method coming up with ideas, experimenting and testing. The timer must be homemade, and it must be mechanical (no electricity or electronics), and it needs to measure time accurately.

Unit 2: Describing Motion In this unit students learn how to describe and measure linear motion and projectile motion, in terms of distance, speed, velocity, and acceleration. The unit's project is a catapult, which is an application of projectile motion. Students build a catapult that can throw a tennis ball 15 meters away and hit a 1-meter target.

Unit 3: Laws of Motion In this unit students learn how to explain why objects move the way they do, using an understanding of forces and Newton's three Laws of Motion. The unit's project is a wooden tower, which is an application of combining forces. Students build a wood tower that meets specific dimension requirements and can support the most downward force without failing.

Unit 4: Energy In this unit students learn how to describe motion in terms of forms of energy - kinetic energy (energy of motion) and potential energy (energy of position). They also learn how to explain motion using the Law of Conservation of Energy. The unit's project is a mousetrap-powered car, which is an application of energy transfer in simple machines. Students build a toy car which can travel the farthest and fastest while propelled only by a single standard mousetrap.

Unit 5: Momentum In this unit students learn how to describe motion in terms of momentum and the changes in momentum that objects experience due to forces acting on them., They also learn how to explain motion using the Law of Conservation of Momentum. The unit's project is a Mars landing craft, which is an application of impact forces. The craft is a container that can hold two eggs and protect them from breaking when dropped a distance of 2 meters onto concrete. The container must also be as lightweight as possible.

Unit 6: Circular Motion and Gravity In this unit students extend the principles they have learned for linear motion to describe and explain circular motion. They also learn how to explain gravity using the Law of Universal Gravitation, and they apply these concepts to explain the motions of planets, satellites and other objects in space. The unit's project is a water bottle rocket, which is an application of center of gravity and stability. The rocket is made from a 2-liter bottle that is propelled by water and air pressure. The rocket must go as high as possible, and stay in the air as long as possible.

Semester 2: The Study of Energy

Unit 7: Matter In this unit students learn about the structure and properties of matter in each of its phases: solid, liquid, and gas, with a focus on physical properties of matter such as pressure and buoyancy. The unit's project is a cargo boat, which is an application of buoyancy. The boat is a homemade, electric-motor-propelled boat that can travel as fast as possible while carrying a 1-kilogram cargo (without sinking, of course).

Unit: 8 Heat Energy In this unit students learn about one form of energy, heat - how it is measured, how it is transferred (by conduction, convection, and radiation), and its effects on materials. The unit's project is a solar heater, which is an application of heat transfer. The heater is a size-limited device that can use solar energy to raise the temperature of a set amount of water as high as possible.

Unit 9: Waves and Sound In this unit students learn about waves, a common form of energy transfer. They use wave concepts to explain sound and music. The unit's project is a homemade musical instrument, which is an application of how sound is produced. Students must make a homemade mechanical device that can play an 8-note scale and also play a recognizable tune.

Unit 10: Light and Optics In this unit students learn about light energy - what it is, how it interacts with ma,, and the uses of light energy in our everyday lives (mirrors and lenses). The unit's project is a photo contest, which is an application of optics. Students make the best photo of a homemade U.F.O., a photo of an optical illusion that uses a property of light, and a "What Is It?" photo.

Unit 11: Electricity and Magnetism In this unit students learn about electric energy and magnetic energy, and their use in electric circuits and devices. The unit's project is a magnet car, which is an application of electric circuits and electromagnets. The car is propelled by a DC electric motor and carries a homemade DC electromagnet that can pick up paper clips off of the floor. The goal is to pick up as many paper clips as possible while traveling a 5-meter distance as fast as possible.

Unit 12: Nuclear Energy In this unit students learn about nuclear energy, radiation, fission, and fusion. The unit's project is a Star Wars Project, which is not directly related to nuclear energy, but instead is an application of concepts studied throughout the year. Students choose a scene from one of the Star Wars movies that shows a violation of a physics principle, and they give a class presentation that shows the scene, identifies the violated principle, and explains how the scene should have been.

 

   
 
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