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.
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.
- 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.