• Physics

    Course Description: S59011-S59012

    Physics is an inquiry based course based on Next Generation Science Standards designed to expand on the principles of how and why the world around us works and find practical applications of physics through laboratories, data analysis, problem solving, and discussions. Students will investigate the topics of motion, force, energy, electricity, magnetism, waves, sound and light. Co-Req: Algebra 2

     Level: 11, 12                             Semesters: 2                  Credit: 1
     Prerequisites:  Geometry, two years of high school science credit or department recommendation
     Lab fee required

     

    Syllabus for Physics    
     

    Students who are successful: 
    There is a great deal of classroom discussion surrounding the topics that are investigated. The successful student is one that completes all first attempts at homework, participates in classroom discussions, and is capable of reflecting on their own work and well as the work of others. One also needs to be able to take thorough notes and be able to review and organize their notes to prepare for quizzes and tests. 

    Text:   Holt Physics

    A typical week includes: 
    A typical week consists of performing a lab; presenting and discussing results of the lab; and performing, presenting, and discussing follow up problem sets related to the lab.

    Regarding homework: 
    In general there are about 2 to 3 hours of homework a week. Homework is fairly extensively reviewed in class.

    Course topics/outline:
    First Semester: Skills, Balanced Forces, Constant Velocity, Acceleration, Projectile Motion
    Second Semester: Unbalanced Forces, Energy, Momentum, Electricity, and Waves (if time permits)

    Other information:  
    Completion or concurrent enrollment in Advanced Algebra is recommended. There is a significant focus on classical mechanics in order to provide a deep understanding of forces, motion, energy, and the building of models to represent physical phenomenon.
     

     

    AP Physics 1

    Course Description: S590H1-S590H2 (Weighted) 
    AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based physics course equivalent to a first-semester college course in physics. Students enrolled in this course will study Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and will also be introduced to electric circuits. The AP Physics 1 course will include student-conducted laboratory investigations that provide an experience comparable to introductory college-level physics laboratories. This course is intended for self-motivated students with strong mathematical skills who enjoy scientific inquiry and are interested in a variety of physics topics –  highly recommended for those students considering a career in science or engineering. Students should consider their entire schedule when selecting a weighted course.Co-Req: Algebra 2
     

     Level: 11, 12                             Semesters: 2                  Credit: 1 
     Prerequisites:  Geometry, two years of high school science credit or department recommendation
     Lab fee required

     
     

    Syllabus for AP Physics 1

     

    Students who are successful:
    Students who are successful in AP Physics 1 are those who enjoy inquiry and work well in both group and individual learning environments. Students should have strong math and reasoning skills and be adept at problem solving and application.

    Text:  Knight: College Physics, 3rd edition

    A typical week includes:
    Students will be participating in several labs each week with mathematical applications to reinforce concepts. Student will be expected to present finding from labs and participate in class discussion regarding lab results and problem solving.

    Regarding homework:
    Students will have 15 to 30 minutes of homework each evening. Students are expected to at least attempt all problems and be ready with questions to participate in class discussions.

    Course topics/outline:
    First Semester Topics:
    Graphing Relationships
    Vectors
    Motion in 1& 2 Dimensions     
    F
    orces
    Circular Motion
    Work and Energy
     

    Second Semester Topics: 

    Momentum
    Electrostatics

    Electricity

    Waves

    Sound

      

    Other information:

    Students will be expected to complete a project for both semesters that will reflect the concepts learned in class. The AP test is not required but highly encouraged for students to take.

     
     

    AP Physics 2

    Course Syllabus: S680A1-S680A2 (Weighted)

    AP Physics 2 is an algebra-based physics course equivalent to a second-semester college course in physics. Students enrolled in this course will learn fluid mechanics; thermodynamics; electricity and magnetism; optics; atomic and nuclear physics. The AP Physics 2 course will include student-conducted laboratory investigations that provide an experience comparable to introductory college-level physics laboratories. This course is intended for self-motivated students with strong mathematical skills who enjoy scientific inquiry and are interested in a variety of physics topics. A rigorous laboratory program is included in the course. This course will prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Exam, which students can earn up to one year of college credit.– Teacher Recommendation Required – Co-Req: Algebra 2
     
    Level: 11, 12                                              Semesters: 2 Credit: 1  
    Prerequisite: Physics Course, successful completion of Algebra 2                               
    Lab fee required
     
    Syllabus for AP Physics 2

    Students who are successful: 
    have completed AP Physics 1 and have a strong work ethic

    Text: Physics 5th edition by Giancoli 

    A typical week includes: labs, activities, discussion 

    Regarding homework: expect about 3-4 nights of homework, about ½ hour per assignment. 

    Course topics/outline:

    1st Semester: 1-D motion, 2-D motion, forces, energy, momentum, statics, rotational motion, gravitation, electricity, electronics, magnetism, sound, optics, modern physics. 

    2nd Semester: atomic, nuclear, thermodynamics, fluids 

    Other information: this course can helps students prepare for the AP Physics B exam.

     

    AP Physics C

    Course Syllabus: S680A1-S680A2 (Weighted)
     
    Advanced Placement Physics is a two-semester course which consists of mechanics, electricity and magnetism using calculus. A rigorous laboratory program is included in the course. This course will prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Exam, which students can earn up to one year of college credit. – Teacher Recommendation Required – AP Physics 1 strongly recommended – Co-Req: AP Calculus
    Level: 11, 12 Semesters: 2 Credit: 1 (weighted)

    Prerequisite: Physics or department recommendation
    Co-requisite: AP Calculus                                            Lab fee required
     
    Syllabus for AP Physics C

    Students who are successful: 
    have completed Honors Physics and are currently in or have completed Calculus A/B or B/C. 

    Text: Physics for Scientists and Engineers by Fishbane 

    A typical week includes: labs, activities, discussion 

    Regarding homework: expect about 3-4 nights of homework, about ½ hour per assignment. 

    Course topics/outline:
    1st Semester: 1-D motion, 2-D motion, forces, energy, momentum, statics, rotational motion, gravitation. 

    2nd Semester: electricity, electronics, magnetism 

    Other information: this course can helps students prepare for the AP Physics C—Mechanics and AP Physics C—E&M exam.