This course helps students to discover the laws of nature firsthand, at a pace that allows for the development of required mathematical concepts. Major concepts covered include, but are not limited to, kinematics, laws of motion, energy, momentum, gravity, circular motion, electricity, magnetism, and electrical circuits. Substantial time is spent in the laboratory. Weekly or biweekly lab experiments are performed during class and the results are analyzed in lab reports. In addition to lab reports, students are assigned approximately three to five hours of homework per week, which might include reading a chapter from a college-level text or solving quantitative problems.
This course fulfills the physical science requirement.
Students interested in taking an IB or AP Physics course in the future should take Intensive Physics instead of this course.
Open to: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors