Physics

Physics

Faculty: Tim Beasley, Kayla Coots, Todd Hibbitts, Jeff Wilkins


Physics is the study of the interactions of matter and energy. This laboratory program focuses on physics concepts and how they apply to the physical world. The student builds understanding through exploration, demonstration, questioning, and application of the concepts through a variety of inquiry-based activities. Topics include mechanics, properties of matter, heat, sound and light, electricity and magnetism, and atomic and nuclear physics. Mathematical applications are included throughout the course.


Advanced Placement Physics 1

Faculty: Kayla Coots, Jeff Wilkins


This course is designed for the student with a high interest in science and/or who intends to take further science courses. AP Physics 1 is algebra-based and is the equivalent of a first-semester college course in Algebra-based physics. It is designed to be taught over a full academic year to enable AP students to develop a deep understanding of the content and to focus on applying their knowledge through inquiry labs. The full-year allows time for inclusion of physics content specified by state standards. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum), work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound. It also introduces electric circuits.


Advanced Placement Physics 2

Faculty: Jeff Wilkins


This course is designed for the student with a high interest in science and/or who intends to take further science courses. AP Physics 2 is algebra-based and is the equivalent of a second-semester college course in Algebra-based physics. It is designed to be taught over a full academic year to enable AP students to develop a deep understanding of the content and to focus on applying their knowledge through inquiry labs. The full-year allows time for inclusion of physics content specified by state standards. The course covers fluid mechanics; thermodynamics, electricity, and magnetism; optics; atomic and nuclear physics.


PIP Physics
Faculty: Abigail Garrison

PIP Physics is a comprehensive study in classical mechanics and electromagnetism. Topics include Newton’s Laws, Kinematics, Vectors, Circular Motion, Gravitation, Work-Energy, Momentum, Electrostatics, Magnetism, Ohm’s Law, DC circuitry, Light, Sound, and Nuclear physics. PIP physics provides a foundation for those students wanting to take IB Physics SL. Students should have strong algebra skills in order to be successful in this rigorous course.


IB Physics
Faculty: Abigail Garrison

Physics is the study of the relationship between matter and energy. The student will be introduced to fundamental concepts in the areas of mechanics, wave actions, heat, electricity, magnetism, and nuclear phenomena. Observations of the laws of force and motion, the nature of light, wave phenomena, and properties of electricity and magnetism are integral components of the course. Students will develop experimental and investigative scientific skills, including an ability to ask physical questions and to obtain solutions to those questions by use of physical intuition, experimental investigation, and formal logic. Awareness will be gained from the connections of physics to other disciplines and to societal issues. Knowledge of algebra and basic trigonometry is required for the course. Basic ideas of calculus may be introduced in the study of some concepts. In an effort to develop students’ experimental and investigative skills, at least 40% of a student’s classroom time will be devoted to performing laboratory and inquiry activities that cover a range of topics and skills, including a multi-disciplinary group science project. Laboratory investigations will help the student develop an ability to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize scientific information.
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