Academic Physics
Course Description

Course Description

The Physics classroom will help develop the skills needed to succeed not only in Physics, but in other subject areas both in high school and in college. A collaborative working environment in the physics lab will improve the student’s ability to work effectively in a team environment, and the academic material will provide a foundation that will open the student’s eyes to career opportunities. Experimentation, at home and in the lab, will inspire observations that will be supported via physical models that the student will become familiar with during the year.

Topics of study in Academic Physics will be:
- Electric Circuits
- Review of applicable math topics
- Describing motion: 1-D and 2-D kinematics
- Projectile motion
- Causes of motion (aka Dynamics): Newton's Laws
- Circular motion and planetary motion
- Rotational Kinematics and Dynamics
- Momentum
- Work, Energy, and Power
- Electrostatics
- Electromagnetic Waves • Sound
- Optics
- Fluids
- Modern Physics

A working knowledge of Algebra, geometry, and fundamental trigonometric functions will be required to assure success in the course. Laboratory investigation focused on developing critical thinking and reasoning skills, along with traditional classroom work (i.e. quizzes & exams), and a regular dose of fun (aka homework), will be the primary assessment tools used during the year.

2017-2018 Syllabus

Table of Contents:
- Course Overview (Prerequisites, Description, Required Materials)
- Grading Policy (Grading Scale, Grade Breakdown)
- Homework (Expectations, Obtaining Help)
- Activity and Lab Work
- Unit Descriptions

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