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Physics introduces students to the physics of motion, properties of matter, force, heat, vector, light, and sound. Students learn the history of physics from the discoveries of Galileo and Newton to those of contemporary physicists. The course focuses more on explanation than calculation and prepares students for introductory quantitative physics at the college level. Additional areas of discussion include gases and liquids, atoms, electricity, magnetism, and nuclear physics.

This full year course teaches physics fundamentals, and provides the student with interactive practice and simulation. Units in Semester A include kinematics, dynamics, Newton’s Laws of Motion, energy & momentum, periodic motion, thermodynamics. In Semester B, students learn waves, optics, electrostatics, circuitry, magnetism, and quantum & nuclear physics.

Prerequisite: Algebra I