This optional calculations webinar (consisting of eight 25-minute sessions each semester) will cover mathematical skills for students who want to work on physics calculations and develop a deeper understanding of the equations presented in the main physics webinar. Topics will be drawn largely from the material presented in that day’s Physics webinar, although the problem-solving skills explored go beyond what is covered in the textbook or physics webinar.
Along the way, reasoning from graphs and equations, organizing work, and problem-solving skills will be emphasized. Mathematical topics covered will include dimensional analysis, algebraic manipulation, exponents, logs, graphing, and right angle trigonometry – sometimes used in limiting cases or solved graphically, allowing even students who have not studied these topics formally to participate.
This series of supplemental webinars will move students forward in their mathematical, computational, and problem-solving abilities; however, as proficiency develops with time and repeated use of skills, not all students will master each skill they are introduced to.
Note to parents:
- This optional calculations class consists of a series of 8 sessions each semester. Each 25-minute webinar will be held immediately following a Physics webinar. The dates of the Physics Calculations webinars are selected to coordinate with the physics topics and will be posted at the beginning of the semester.