Description: This course will cover the main concepts in physics including: kinematics (1 and 2-dimensional), Newton’s laws of motion, uniform circular motion, rotational motion, periodic motion, work and energy, sounds and waves, and electricity and magnetism. There will also be additional assignments meant to help the student prepare for the AP Physics 1 algebra-based exam or the SAT II Physics exam.
Labs: Students will complete at least 10 labs with this course. The labs will be completed using mostly household items. A complete list of required materials will be distributed after registration.
Lecture Content/Live Zoom Discussions: All course lectures are recorded and available for students to playback at their convenience. I also post podcasts and short video clips explain course concepts as needed. Regular “office hours” will be listed after classes begin (survey of student time zones will determine the actual office hours) so students can reach me for immediate feedback or for individual or group homework help. Additional sessions will be held closer to the AP Exam to work through typical test problems.
Student Evaluation and Feedback: Students will be graded on homework, quizzes, tests, and labs. Most homework will be online. Homework will be graded within 1 week.
Communications: Course communication occurs through the message system on the course website. I am also available to students by appointment.
Technical needs: To access course materials students will need broadband, high speed Internet and their own e-mail account. This course will be run on the learning platform called Canvas. Canvas is a user-friendly, powerful platform where parents can be linked to their students and access student material, see grades, and contact the instructor at any time. Most homework and exams are completed online.
Time Commitment: The qualified student will spend 7-10 hours per week on this class. This time will be spent reading course materials, watching videos, using interactive demos, completing problems, and participating in live class (or watching the lecture afterwards).
Class Meeting Time: Four times monthly, a live discussion will be held at the above listed meeting time to discuss concepts, answer student questions, and complete homework problems together. Students are not required to “meet” at the scheduled discussion time, but it is encouraged. Scheduled discussion times will be recorded for those unable to attend the live discussion times.
Instructor Qualifications: I have a BS in physics with a minor in mathematics and a MS in Education. In 2012 I began tutoring students and even started my own company when I saw a vast need for math and science help for high school and college level students. What I also found is that it is a great way to share my love for both subjects. Currently, I homeschool my own 2 children in addition to teaching at a local co-op our family is a part of. I took online classes during both my undergraduate and graduate education and am familiar with both the power and limitations of the medium. My desire to pass on my own love of learning all subjects is only surpassed by my hope to encourage students to enjoy learning science and math, which are often feared and avoided.
Who should apply: The well-prepared applicant has a strong algebra background and is willing to work to understand difficult concepts. Much of the material is not easy, but by completing the homework and seeking help for concepts not understood, students will be able to apply physics both mathematically and conceptually. Also, for those intending to take the AP Physics I exam or the SAT II Physics exam.
To apply or ask a question regarding this class, email Kristen Lauria at firstname.lastname@example.org or see her website at MasteryAcademic.com for more information.