Physics Lab

Course Description


One-Semester Course (Fall and Spring).  This course will provide an in-depth exploration of physical phenomena through laboratory investigation.  Students will conduct experiments related to basic physics topics, including force and motion, energy and thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and optics. Course content includes, but is not limited to, studying and applying the experimental method, composing lab reports, engaging in peer review with classmates, and presenting lab results.

Please note: The fall and spring semesters of this lab cover different material. We recommend that students interested in science take both semesters. However, students may choose to register for the fall or spring semester only, depending on transcript needs.

Prerequisite: Algebra II

Example Syllabus (Download the PDF)

Required Materials:

In order to receive a high-quality and consistent lab learning experience, students are required to invest in the equipment on the lab materials list. This lab teaches students to use research tools correctly, collect data accurately, and calculate results precisely–this prepares our students for higher level labs. Without the proper equipment, students will be unable to reach these goals.

A high school physics textbook is highly recommended for reference. We recommend Paul G. Hewitt, Conceptual Physics, 11th edition. Glenview, IL: Pearson, 2015. ISBN 9780321568090

Class meets once per week for 50-55 minutes.

Class cap: 15 students.

Designed for grades 10-12.

Students in grades 9-12 may be awarded .5 Natural Science Lab credit upon completion of this course.

*A student will earn a full laboratory science credit if taking a non-lab science and the corresponding lab together. For example, if a student takes Biology and one-semester of Biology lab, she will earn 1.5 laboratory science credits.