Course Description


Full-year course. This course will provide a survey of basic principles in physics. Course content includes but is not limited to the basic principles of force and motion, properties of atoms and phases of matter, thermodynamics, sound and light waves, electricity and magnetism, optics, and special topics in modern physics.

Upon completion of introductory physics, successful students will have a mastery of introductory concepts and principles of physics as well as an ability to think scientifically. Students will become more adept at applying physics principles to real scenarios, interpreting data and the results of scientific investigations, and thoughtfully engaging in scientific discourse.

Prerequisite: Algebra II

Example Syllabus (Download the PDF)

Required Materials:

  • Hewitt, Paul G. Conceptual Physics, 11th edition. Glenview, IL: Pearson, 2015. ISBN 9780321568090
  • A scientific calculator (such as Texas Instruments TI-30X IIS) is required for this course. Online scientific calculators can also be used, but they are discouraged because they tie the student to the computer/internet for homework.

Class meets twice per week for 50-55 minutes.

Class cap: 15 students.

Designed for grades 10-12.

Students in grades 9-12 may be awarded 1 Non-Lab Science 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.