This course prepares students for the International Baccalaureate Standard Level exam, as well as algebra-based physics at the college level. Substantial time is spent in the laboratory. Covered topics include mechanics, thermal physics, waves, electricity and magnetism, circular motion and gravitation, atomic, nuclear and particle physics and energy production. Students in this course will participate in the Group 4 Project, which is a weekend long, interdisciplinary scientific research project. Students must have mastered multi-variable algebra, trigonometry, logarithms, exponents, and operations using a graphing calculator. Additionally, students should be familiar with vectors and mathematical modeling of data. Weekly or biweekly lab experiments are performed during class and the results are analyzed in lab reports. All students must also complete a 10-hour independent research project. Students are assigned homework weekly. All students enrolled in the course are required to take the IB exam.
Open to: Juniors and seniors