In the first of two courses that compromise Physics, focuses on understanding motion. The student will learn kinematic equations and apply them to various situations. The student will explore forces, work, and energy and apply these concepts in the special case of circular motion. Heat and the laws of thermodynamics are covered.
In the second of two courses that comprise Physics, focuses on waves, in particular sound and light. Then the course moves to understanding electricity and magnetism and the relationship between the two. It concludes with a basic exploration of atomic physics. In both courses, emphasis is placed on relating physics to the everyday world. Approximately 40 percent of the course involves virtual laboratory investigations, although some may require ordinary household items such as rulers, meter sticks, balls or marbles, string, paper, and pencils.
Requested competency code:
- Lab Science
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.