Science Department Courses - Physics

  • PHYSICS

    Grade: 11 - 12

    Duration: 2 Semesters

    Prerequisite: M2 Algebra II

    Credit: 0.5 per semester

    This course teaches the concepts and principles of Physics, emphasizing the conceptual understanding of these topics.  The concepts and principles of Physics will be investigated via a quantitative and a conceptual approach. This will be accomplished by conducting over 40 different labs, various out of class projects, and enrichment assignments. The lab experience furthers problem-solving ability by using investigative processes that are non-specific and non-"cookbook". This course has been designed to make students think "out of the box" and to stimulate their imaginations. This class will explore the world around us and learn how and why these natural phenomena occur. The following topics will be investigated in this course: velocity, acceleration, projectile motion, forces, momentum, energy, circular and rotational motion, gravity, heat, fluids, sound and waves, electricity, magnetism, and light and optics

    Knowledge of Geometry and Algebra 1 is important for success in this course. Daily homework problem worksheets and lab reports based on presented concepts will be assigned.

    Text: Conceptual Physics, 3rd Edition, Hewitt, Addison Wesley.

     

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS 1 (MECHANICS)

    (College Board Approved)

    Grade: 11 - 12

    Duration: 2 Semesters

    Prerequisite: Precalculus M3 or M4 concurrently; Department Approval/ Instructor Recommendation

    Credit: 0.5 per Semester

    The AP Physics I Mechanics Course is an Algebra based course that prepares students to take the Physics Advanced Placement Level 1 (Mechanics) examination. A comprehensive study of matter, motion, forces, energy and their interactions, the course will illustrate how all of the concepts that we will cover are interconnected and also cut across traditional content boundaries and should provide students a broader way of thinking about natural phenomena in our universe.  The order of topics follows the historical development of this area of science. The first semester covers kinematics (motion), dynamics (forces), energy, momentum, gravitational and circular motion, and rotational dynamics. The second semester begins with simple harmonic motion, sound, and then finishes up with electrostatics and DC Circuits. Lab Reports and problem sets are an integral part of this course.

    Text: College Physics, 8th Edition, Serway & Vuille, Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning.

     

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT PHYSICS C

    (College Board Approved)

    Grade: 12

    Duration: 2 Semesters

    Prerequisite: Calculus AB or BC taken concurrently, grades in Science of 80 in honors-level or 90 in grade level classes*;

    Department Approval/ Instructor Recommendation

    Credit: 0.5 per Semester

    AP Physics C is a calculus-based course that prepares a student to take the Physics Advanced Placement Examinations, Level C (both Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism exams). Topics include: vectors, motion in one dimension, motion in a plane, forces, Newton’s laws, work, energy, conservation of energy, momentum, rotational motion, oscillations, and gravitation, electric charge, electric field, direct current circuits, magnetism, inductance, electromagnetic oscillations, alternating current circuits, and electromagnetic waves.  Physical phenomena will be investigated in a more comprehensive nature that will include the use of calculus to account for factors that are changing either in time or space.  Advanced laboratory reports and problem sets are used to determine grades.

    Enrollment in this course involves mandatory summer reading assignment.

    Text: Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 7th Ed. Serway& Jewett, Thomson, Brooks/Cole