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#333     PHYSICS       NCAA Approved

Grades: 11-12      Elective       Year Long       Credit: 1

Students should have completed geometry and be concurrently taking Algebra II or an equivalent course. Although the Physics course includes basic use of trigonometric functions, this understanding can be gained either in the concurrent math course or in the Physics course itself. No prior course work in physics is necessary.

This course is designed for the student planning a college or technical career and will include a study of forces, laws of motion & energy, and provide applications of these concepts.

Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course that explores topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. Through inquiry-based learning, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills. It is the first physics course that may be taken in a series with AP Physics II.

Grades may be assigned based on daily work, homework, research projects, oral presentations, labs, physics Olympics events, quizzes and tests. The final exam will be worth 10% of the student’s grade.