Standard #: SC.912.P.12.7


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Recognize that nothing travels faster than the speed of light in vacuum which is the same for all observers no matter how they or the light source are moving.


General Information

Subject Area: Science
Grade: 912
Body of Knowledge: Physical Science
Standard: Motion -

A. Motion can be measured and described qualitatively and quantitatively. Net forces create a change in motion. When objects travel at speeds comparable to the speed of light, Einstein's special theory of relativity applies.

B. Momentum is conserved under well-defined conditions. A change in momentum occurs when a net force is applied to an object over a time interval.

C. The Law of Universal Gravitation states that gravitational forces act on all objects irrespective of their size and position.

D. Gases consist of great numbers of molecules moving in all directions. The behavior of gases can be modeled by the kinetic molecular theory.

E. Chemical reaction rates change with conditions under which they occur. Chemical equilibrium is a dynamic state in which forward and reverse processes occur at the same rates.

Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Content Complexity Rating: Level 1: Recall - More Information
Date of Last Rating: 05/08
Status: State Board Approved

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Related Access Points

Access Point Number Access Point Title
SC.912.P.12.In.5 Recognize that the speed of light is always the same.
SC.912.P.12.Su.5 Recognize that light travels very fast.
SC.912.P.12.Pa.5 Recognize ways to stop light from traveling, such as closing a door.


Related Resources

Lesson Plan

Name Description
Relatively Easy Relativity

This lesson plan covers an exploration of the speed of light, and seeks to answer the question "why can't massive objects move at or above the speed of light?" using a student-created manipulative, algebra skills, and the expanded form of Einstein's famous matter-energy equivalence principle E = mc2, which is E2 = (mc2)2 + (pc)2, and the Pythagorean theorem.

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