Academic Physics is a math based college preparation course designed to enhance a student's problem solving abilities. The course will consist of academic lecture, group laboratory experiences, individual research and guided instruction.
This is a course for college bound students who have demonstrated a proficiency in science and mathematics. The AP program makes this course a stimulating and challenging experience for the highly motivated student. The Advanced Placement Physics Level B course includes topics in both classical and modern physics and provides a systematic introduction to the main principles of physics. Knowledge of algebra and trigonometry is required for the course. The qualitative principles of calculus will be introduced in connection with physical concepts. An understanding of the principles of physics and the proper application of these principles to the solution of physical problems will be a major goal of this program.
The program will cover a broad range of physical topics that form the basis of a one-year terminal college course. The course provides a foundation in physics for the student in life sciences, pre-medicine and applied sciences, as well as other fields not directly related to science. Advanced physics or engineering programs in college may require additional course work.
Topics covered in the course will include, but are limited to, kinematics and vectors; Newton's laws of motion; conservation of energy and momentum; statics; heat and temperature; thermodynamics; nuclear physics; modern physics; waves, sound, and light; electrostatics; electric circuits; and electromagnetism. The laboratory program will include experiments and projects designed to illustrate selected physical principles, data collection methodologies, and the appropriate analysis of physical data. Lab procedures will include data collection using classical and computer interfaced data collection equipment, as well as computer-simulated data.
- Teacher: Penn Martin