This year-long course opens by investigating the relationships between force, mass, gravity, and motion (expressed in Newton’s three laws) and the forms and transformations of energy (following the fundamental principle of Conservation of Energy). These themes will continue to guide us throughout the year as we apply our understanding of forces and energy to thermodynamics, electricity, waves, sound, light, and atomic theory.
The basic principles of physics studied in this course form a conceptual framework for later, more in-depth studies.
Throughout the year, we seek to understand the important features of scientific inquire, emphasizing the importance of using data as evidence to support scientific arguments and highlighting the role of curiosity, openness, and skepticism in science.
Note to parents:
- This course is closely related to the physics components of physical science course for junior high and lower high school students. However, since the course is designed and paced for gifted learners, the topics are extended to include an introduction to modern physics – a week each on quantum theory, nuclear physics, particle physics, and relativity.
- This class is not designed as the physics course that is traditionally studied by upper high school students.
- A supplemental calculations webinar is available for students who want to work on physics calculations and develop a deeper understanding of the equations presented in the main physics webinar. Each 25 minute Physics Calculations webinar will be held immediately following a Physics webinar. The dates of the webinars (there are eight each semester) are selected to coordinate with the physics topics and will be posted at the beginning of the semester.
- Textbook: Conceptual Physics, Hewitt, 10th edition. ISBN-13: 978-0805393750 ISBN-10: 0805393757