Principles of Technology; Chemical Properties

Jason Beltz
Jason Beltz
Principles of Technology

412-923-1772 Ext: 173
beltz@parkwaywest.org

 

NOTE - Principles of Technology, Chemical Properties in Practice, US History I, US History II, Civics, and World Cultures may be offered at the Career & Technology School for students who need credit toward graduation.  All PWCTC academic courses are NCAA approved. Only one academic course may be scheduled per year.

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Academic classes are provided through on-line services (Zoom and/or Schoology).  Students enrolled in academic courses are to complete all assignments given in a virtual setting or attend during the academic schedule.

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Principles of Technology is an applied physics course which focuses on both content and application through the use of labs.  

The material covered includes:

  1. Unit conversions
  2. Motion in 1 and 2 dimensions
  3. Force
  4. Momentum
  5. Work, Energy, & Simple Machines
  6. Thermodynamics & Heat
  7. States of Matter
  8. Waves & Periodic Motion – including sound & light
  9. Electricity, Magnetism, & Nuclear Physics

Each marking period will contain a minimum of one project upon which at least 20 – 25% of the student’s grade is based.  Any math that is used in class will be taught as needed.  It is suggested that the student has a basic understanding of the mathematical order of operations.

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Chemical Properties in Practice:  This course focuses on chemistry and its applications to today’s issues.  Students will first become acquainted with the basic principles of chemistry including matter and its states, the atomic theory, thermodynamic theory, reactions and solutions, and equilibrium.  They will gain an understanding of the relationship between this content and nuclear and organic issues facing today’s technology.  Finally, they will use this knowledge to explore many of the ways chemistry is used to balance the needs and wants of humanity with the stresses placed on the physical environment with an eye toward the application of green technology and providing the energy needed for a population becoming more technological each day.  The major focus is placed on: content, analysis, interpretation and problem solving of today’s issues.