Course title

Physics 1 Honors


Algebra 1 strongly recommended

Course description

In this course; students will be immersed in the contributions of scientific geniuses that have changed the way we observe and think about matter; forces; and energy in the universe. Starting with how matter moves; students will learn that all motion can be described; analyzed; and predicted. Then students will explore the causes of changing motion; forces! Energy is a fundamental property essential to human existence; and physics will take students through all the forms of it: electricity; light; sound; heat; and more. Discover how waves travel and interact with matter and the smallest particles in the universe. From tiny atoms to galaxies with millions of stars; the universal laws of physics are explained through real-world examples. Through laboratory activities; simulations; and graphical analysis; combined with rigorous mathematical efforts and problem solving; students follow in the footsteps of some of the world's greatest thinkers and learn to process their world in a unique way.

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Major Topics and Concepts

Segment One

  • Learn about the mathematical skills and measurement systems used in physics
  • Interpret scientific data and model relationships between variables with graphs
  • Differentiate between scalar and vector quantities
  • Describe and use the relationship between distance; time; and speed
  • Solve problems involving speed; velocity; and acceleration
  • Compare accelerated motion to non-accelerated motion
  • Analyze motion using various motion graphs
  • Explore free fall motion by utilizing the acceleration due to gravity
  • Interpret and apply Newton's laws of motion to real-world scenarios
  • Compare the four fundamental forces of the universe
  • Use mathematical models to compute gravitational and electrostatic forces
  • Illustrate the interactions between forces and matter using force diagrams
  • Describe the planetary motion and solve circular motion problems
  • Apply the law of conservation of momentum to real-world scenarios
  • Describe the forms of energy and energy transformations
  • Solve problems involving work and power
  • Explain the impact of conservative and non-conservative forces on energy conversions
  • Solve problems involving the different forms of energy

Segment Two

  • Identify the components of an electrical circuit
  • Measure and calculate electrical fields
  • Explore the relationship between electrical current and magnetism
  • Describe how capacitors are used in electrical circuits and electronics
  • Represent electrical circuits using a schematic model
  • Apply Ohm's law to explore the impact of resistance in a circuit
  • Model and measure simple harmonic motion
  • Identify the parts of a wave and use wave measurement calculations
  • Explain the different behaviors of waves when they interact with boundaries
  • Construct ray diagrams and use the lens and mirror equation to analyze image formation
  • Describe properties of waves and their applications in real-world phenomena
  • Differentiate between temperature and heat
  • Calculate heat transfer between a surrounding and a system
  • Explore thermal equilibrium and the conservation of thermal energy
  • Discover the contributions of scientists that led to the development of a model of the atom
  • Describe the dual nature of light and the photoelectric effect
  • Compare types of radiation and describe applications of radioactivity
  • Explore the special theory of relativity and scientific explanations about the origin of the universe

Required Materials

Household items for lab explorations

Grading Policy

Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum; the course guides students to reflect on their learning and evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of practice lessons; multiple choice questions; writing assignments; projects; research papers; oral assessments; and discussions. This course will use the state-approved grading scale. Each course contains a mandatory final exam or culminating project that will be weighted at 20% of the student?s overall grade.***

***Proctored exams can be requested by FLVS at any time and for any reason in an effort to ensure academic integrity. When taking the exam to assess a student?s integrity; the exam must be passed with at least a 59.5% in order to earn credit for the course.†

School country

United States

School state


High school

Florida Virtual School

School / district Address

5422 Carrier Dr SUITE 201, Orlando, FL

School zip code


Requested competency code

Lab Science

Date submitted



Deferred date

Deferred Reason

In order to be reviewed as a laboratory science; we will need a list of physical laboratory experiments completed for this course and number of hours students spend doing laboratory assignments each week.

Online / Virtual