Description of Classes
Introduction to Physics - Grades 7 and 8
Prerequisites: Algebra 1.
Students will learn the fundamentals of mechanics and thermodynamics. The class will feature interactive demonstrations, and students will build on observation and class discussion to develop a strong foundation in physics. Students will explore how physics formulas and equations reflect the observed motion of physical systems, and they will use formulas to solve problems mathematically. Topics covered include: kinematics, dynamics, free-body diagrams, gravity, energy, momentum, rotational motion, pressure, temperature and heat.
Students meet once per week for 2-hours during the school year.
AP Physics 1:
Prerequisites: Honor Algebra 2 and Pre-calculus (or taking concurrently)
This course will follow the curriculum of the College Board AP Physics 1 course and prepare students for the Advanced Placement examination. It is a college-level, algebra-based introductory physics course for the advanced math/science student. The course covers kinematics, Newton's laws and dynamics, circular motion, gravitation, energy, momentum, simple harmonic motion, rotational motion, basic electrostatics, DC circuits, and mechanical waves and sound.
All students enrolled in the course are recommended to take the Advanced Placement examination in May.
Students meet once per week for 3 hours; 32-week course. Total instructional time 96 hours.
Fundamentals of Physics: Summer Course
This course covers algebra-based mechanics, and provides an in-depth preparation for both honors physics and AP Physics 1 courses. Topics covered include the central topics seen in most honors and AP Physics 1 courses: kinematics, dynamics, gravitation and circular motion, work and energy, momentum, and rotational motion. Prerequisites: Algebra 2. Meets 6 hours per week.
We also offer private tutoring in other AP Physics courses: AP Physics 2 and AP Physics C.