This class is an introductory high school level class. The topics covered are similar to the AP level, but not as in-depth. Students will explore the topics in physics through reading, videos, exercises, and labs and will receive live support during weekly class discussions. I will also provide students with access to simulations that allow them to see the concepts of physics in action and how they apply to various situations.
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. Most students 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 may optionally do further work with Mrs. Lauria at the end of the year that will prepare them to take the SAT Subject Test: Physics in June after completing this course.
Who should enroll?
This class is for 9th—12th graders.
- 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 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 and at midterm and close of the course as I try to encourage students to take ownership of the class and contact me directly if they have any concerns. My website is kristenlauria.com.