# Physics Courses

PHYSICS 10 per cycle – 6 credits

4041 Junior – Senior Year

Prerequisite: B- or better in Geometry, currently enrolled in Pre-calculus 2042, or department head approval.

This course is intended for the student seeking a rigorous first-year course in Physics without the depth of material in the AP Physics 1 course. This course will provide a study of the basic principles of Newtonian mechanics, electricity, and magnetism with additional study in light, optics, wave motion, and sound. Students should possess strong algebra skills and be familiar with trigonometry.

PHYSICS 9 per cycle – 6 credits

4042 Junior – Senior Year

Prerequisite: C or better in Geometry, and currently enrolled in Algebra II, Intro to Precalculus or Precalculus.

This course is offered to the college preparatory student as an introduction to physics. The curriculum is designed around modeling instruction, which emphasizes active student construction of conceptual and mathematical models. Topics include mechanics, electricity & magnetism, waves, and optics. Problem-solving requires average math ability in Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry.

CONCEPTUAL PHYSICS 7 per cycle – 5 credits

4043 Junior – Senior Year

This course uses a conceptual approach to study the physical laws of the universe. Conceptual Physics is designed to incorporate a full conceptual understanding of motion, energy, light, and electricity. Problem-solving will focus on conceptual understanding, although basic mathematical skills will be utilized frequently in this course.

AP PHYSICS 1 10 per cycle – 6 credits

4131 Junior – Senior Year

Prerequisite: B or better in Algebra II 2031, currently enrolled in Pre-calculus. Instructor approval is required to register.

This course is intended for a student seeking a rigorous course in Physics. It is intended to be a college-level course, and students receiving a passing grade in the AP Physics Exam may receive college credit in Physics. This course provides a systematic introduction to the main principles of kinematics and dynamics, electricity, and waves, with emphasis on the development of problem-solving ability. It is assumed that the students are familiar with Algebra and Trigonometry, and although Calculus is seldom used, some theoretical developments may use basic Calculus. The topics studied are those typically considered in a first-semester college physics course.

It is expected that students enrolled in this course will take the AP exam.

AP PHYSICS 2 10 per cycle – 6 credits

4141 Senior Year

Prerequisite: B- or better in AP Physics 1 or A- or better in Level 1 Physics

This course is intended for a student seeking a rigorous course in Physics. It is intended to be a college-level course, and students receiving a passing grade in the AP Physics Exam may receive college credit in Physics. Course topics include thermodynamics, fluids, electrostatics, DC and RC circuits, magnetism, optics, and modern physics, with emphasis on the development of problem-solving ability. It is assumed that the students are familiar with Algebra and Trigonometry, and although Calculus is seldom used, some theoretical developments may use basic Calculus. The topics studied are those typically considered in a second-semester college physics course.

It is expected that students enrolled in this course will take the AP exam.