The physics course at Mass Academy is taught by Mrs. Chase and aligns closely with the AP Physics course. We cover topics such as kinematics, dynamics, forces, and energy. This class is highly collaborative, as we work together to solve new problems, learn new concepts, and complete labs. For this class, we are given the opportunity to follow either the algebra or calculus based track based on prior knowledge.

This lab was part of the dynamics unit, which involves concepts such as apparent weight, inclines, and friction. The objective of this lab was to experimentally test a dynamics related hypothesis. We decided to investigate if and how the surface area of an object would affect the coefficient of friction when dragged across a surface. We got to design our own experiments, including coming up with our own procedure, choosing our own materials, and deciding how to collect and analyze data. We presented our work in a single page summary that included an investigation question, hypothesis, procedure, measured data, and analysis.

Quantifying Motion of Carts and Cars was the first lab we completed this year. In this lab, we observed the motion of a battery-operated car and a cart travel down a low friction incline. We used a timer and meter stick to collect data about the motion of each vehicle. Using the data we collected, we were told to determine if the vehicle was moving at constant speed or accelerating, and then find a velocity and acceleration. For this lab, my partner was Shreya Venkayala.