IB HL Physics

This course prepares students for the International Baccalaureate Higher Level (HL) exam, as well as algebra-based physics at the college level. Substantial time is spent in the laboratory. Topics include mechanics, thermal physics, waves, electricity and magnetism, circular motion and gravitation, atomic, nuclear, and particle physics, and energy production. Students must have mastered multi-variable algebra, trigonometry, logarithms, and exponents. Students should be familiar with vectors and mathematical modeling of data. All students must also complete a 10-hour independent research project.

In 2022-23 ONLY, the first mod of this course will be an intensive introduction to physics for those who have not taken Intensive Physics. Students who have taken Intensive Physics do not take this first mod. (In subsequent years, this will be a 6-mod course for everyone.)

Taking the external IB HL Physics exam is a requirement of this course.

Min-Max Credit Hours: 6.0-7.0