Academic Standard

Tennessee State Standards
Science (2009-2018)
Grade range: 
No grade range
Subject = Physical World Concepts
Mechanics is perhaps the broadest topic within the study of natural law or physics. The study of mechanics explains the rules of how objects move. The forces that hold the planets to the sun, the energy of a tidal wave, the nature of black holes, are all described within mechanics. Predicting the outcome of collisions between atoms or asteroids is also part of the mechanical realm as is how a massive aircraft carrier floats. Conceptual StrandThe laws and properties of mechanics provide the foundations of Conceptual Physics.Guiding QuestionHow do the laws and properties of mechanics govern the basic understanding of physics concepts?
Elements within this Standard
Course Level Expectation
Investigate fundamental physical quantities of mass and time.
Analyze and apply Newtons three laws of motion.
Differentiate among work, energy, and power.
Investigate kinematics and dynamics.
Investigate and apply Archimedess Principle.
Explore Pascals Principle.
Analyze applications of Bernoullis Principle.
Check For Understanding
Investigate, measure, and calculate position, displacement, velocity and acceleration.
Analyze vector diagrams.
Explore characteristics of rectilinear motion and create distance-time graphs and velocity-time graphs.
Investigate the characteristics of centripetal motion and centripetal acceleration.
Evaluate the dynamics of systems in motion and collisions including friction, gravity, impulse and momentum, change in momentum and conservation of momentum.
Investigate projectile motion.
Distinguish between mass and weight using SI units.
Measure and calculate mechanical advantage of mechanical devices.
Relate time to the independent variable of most experiments.
Relate inertia, fore, or action-reaction forces to Newtons three laws of motion and distinguish among the three laws in various scenarios.
Compare, contrast, and apply the characteristic properties of scalar and vector quantities.
Investigate the definitions of force, work, power, kinetic energy and potential energy.
Analyze the characteristics of energy, and conservation of energy including friction, and gravitational potential energy.
Investigate the buoyant force exerted on floating and submerged objects.
Investigate the apparent weight of an object submerged in a fluid.
Explain why objects float or sink in terms of force or density.
Examine the motion of fluids.
Recognize the effects of Bernoullis principle on fluid motion (e.g., lift, ball trajectories, and wind around/over object).