Physics is the study of matter, energy, and the interactions between them.
In this year-long, college-preparatory Physics course, high school students will investigate the principles of motion, Newton’s laws, forces, work, waves, and electricity. They will come to appreciate the physics they use in their everyday lives.
Physics will be taught using a variety of methods including live, interactive classes, videos, hands-on activities and games, online simulations, and labs. Whenever possible, examples will be given so that students will understand how the topics they study are relevant to their lives.
Students should be prepared to complete weekly homework assignments (including hands-on and virtual labs) designed to aid them in understanding and practicing chemistry concepts. Since student success in the course depends on regular practice of the skills we learn in class, a significant portion of the student’s final grade will be based on the completion of weekly homework assignments. (Note: homework is graded on completion, not based on correct or incorrect answers. While teacher feedback is given on student homework, points won’t be deducted for incorrect answers)
Because the course material will be taught using the instructor’s resources, no textbook purchase is required for this class. While reading assignments won’t be required, there are 2 sources students may find helpful to supplement the online classes. The first is the textbook Apologia Exploring Creation with Physics, 2nd Edition by Dr. Jay Wile. This text does a superb job of explaining the concepts in an easy-to-understand manner and includes many sample problems. The second is the free, online CK-12 Physics Textbook.
Student comprehension and progress will be evaluated through class participation, weekly homework assignments, and periodic exams.
Prerequisite: Algebra 1 and Geometry (or its equivalent).
Required materials: in addition to a scientific calculator, some additional supplies are needed for hands-on investigations. A supply list will be available in time for students to order prior to classes beginning.
Full Year Course – 1 Credit: The class will be taught and graded by your True North Homeschool Academy teacher. The coursework your child will complete in this high school level course is equal to one credit hour which may be awarded by your homeschool upon completion of the course. If you would like help determining your students’ credits or creating a transcript, check out our Academic Advising.