Fundamentals of Physics

Course Length: Full year   |   Suggested Grade Level(s): 11, 12

This full-year course is an in-depth exploration into introductory physics. In addition to textbook reading and questions, it includes analytical problem solving, research, and hands-on activities and labs. Lessons include math reviews so students are prepared to make the necessary calculations in each lesson. Many lessons include options for students to choose which activities they would like to do. Students will also complete unit projects that focus on a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills, including scientific communication, engineering design, data interpretation, and experiential learning.

In this course, students will learn physics through a multi-tiered approach. They will first build a conceptual understanding of a new topic through inquiry activities, textbook readings, and research. Next, they will learn the mathematics that describes the topic and practice what they know by answering conceptual and analytical questions. Then, students will apply the principles to laboratory experiments and hands-on projects. 

Suggested prerequisites: Algebra 2 and Geometry