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From: $92.00 / month for 8 months

Prerequisite: Algebra 1 with strong skills in solving equations.
Recommended: Algebra 2 or concurrently enrolled.

Grades: 10th–12th

Live Class: Tues 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET

Dates: August 24th–May 14th

Price: $649

Instructor: Kristen Lauria

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Course Description

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Physics is an algebra-based, introductory physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore these topics: kinematics, dynamics, energy and momentum, circular motion and gravitation, fluid mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, mechanical waves and sound, optics, electric charge and electric force, DC circuits, and magnetism.

Course Structure

This course covers 18 chapters over 11 units with labs. Students will use the textbook, videos, and web links to learn about the topics in this class, and will be assessed using questions from the readings, labs, lab activities, and exams. Most weeks students will cover 3-5 sections from a chapter, with most units lasting 2-5 weeks. Students generally spend 3-5 hours per week on class material. This class does NOT prepare students for the AP exam. If you are interested in the AP exam, consider the AP Physics 1 course.

Students will complete 7+ labs using scientific data collection techniques and formal lab write-ups. Each unit will also have an exam and the course will have a midterm and final exam as well.

Who should enroll?

This class is for students in grades 10-12.

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

I believe homework and projects are the best tool for students to practice the skills they are learning, and I grade homework/provide feedback so they learn as they continue working toward mastery. Assignments are generally graded within 5 days of submission. Grades are based on a combination of homework, quizzes, labs, and exams/projects. Students are also given a participation grade to account for timeliness of completing assignments, class participation, and effort. Communication will take place as needed through email, and announcements and responses to student messages are generally within a few hours.


Once registered, you will receive a welcome email within 24 hours. Throughout the course, parents will only be contacted if issues arise, as I try to encourage students to take ownership of the class and contact me directly if they have any concerns. At midterm and close of the course, progress reports are sent to parents. Parents are always welcome to contact me with any issues or concerns, as they are partners in this endeavor.

Course Syllabus

Required Texts


Note: Course instructor highly recommends the iBook version of the following book, if possible. This can be printed for student use, although an e-book is fine as well. Please ask course instructor for recommendations if you need a printing company.

1 review for Physics

  1. Daniel E.

    I have really loved being in this class and having Mrs. Lauria as my teacher, I’ve had so much fun and love how she incorporates fun activities into Physics so it lets us see how it relates to the real world and not just in textbooks. Very few teachers that I have had do it as she does. I highly recommend her classes!

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Instructor Bio

Kristen Lauria

Kristen Lauria is a lifelong student who has become the teacher.  In second grade she was found stealing teacher’s editions from her public-school classroom to teach her younger best friend at home. She’s since progressed to buying her materials legally, but her love of teaching hasn’t wavered.  She spent 4 years in the Navy learning about nuclear reactors and went on to finish her BS in Physics with a minor in Math graduating Cum Laude.  She also was inducted into the physics honor society, Sigma Pi Sigma, having attained a GPA in Physics of over 3.0.  She has her MS in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum from Drexel University and is certified to teach physics and chemistry in the state of Pennsylvania.

In addition to teaching for Aim Academy, she also homeschools her own 2 children in middle school, counsels her adult stepchildren in what adulting really means, and helps her husband with restoring their 200-year-old farmhouse one slow-moving project at a time.  She also runs her own tutoring company and teaches at her local homeschool co-op.  In her free time (which is rather scarce at the moment) she loves to read and spend time outside enjoying God’s creation.  The teacher is now becoming the student as well, as Kristen is beginning a PhD program at Lehigh University to further hone her teaching skills and improve the integration of technology to bring the material alive for her students.

She hopes to share her love of math and science with all of her students here at Aim Academy.  While she can’t change the difficulty of what students learn in her classes, she will do her best to make them approachable and interesting.  She hopes to show her students how everything they will encounter in their textbooks will apply to their own lives; not just in the future, but today.


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