This is a high school level course based on the California state standards and can help prepare for the AP Physics B and SAT II Physics tests.
Modern Physics begins with Galileo and is expanded upon by Newton. Students begin with the physics of motion, move to the study of optics, fluids, and thermodynamics, and then finish with the seminal study of electromagnetism.
Too often physics is taught on a board at the front of the room. It is such a shame! There are so many amazing experiments that wonderfully demonstrate the power of our physical theories. We simply take those experiments and place them into the hands of our students.
Seen together, students have a chance to understand how some very simple principles greatly define the nature of the universe.
Students begin this journey by establishing the basic physical principles that define motion. They will be able to see and analyze first hand exactly the fundamental principles of motion.
topics: 1-d motion, 2-d motion, Newton's Laws of Motion, work, energy, power, momentum, circular motion and rotation, oscillations, gravity
Optics, Fluids, & Thermo
In the second quarter, students will do a three part study in optics, fluids, and thermodynamics. Each discipline represents a truly remarkable algebraic exposition of ideas that need to be seen to be believed!
topics: buoyancy, Bernoulli's equation, heat transfer, ideal gas law, Laws of Thermodynamics, wave motion, interference, lenses, mirrors
In perhaps one of the most interesting courses offered at our school, students will learn the inner workings of electricity and magnetism. Discovery ranges from charged objects to their bizarre interaction with magnetic fields.
topics: Coulomb's law, electric field, potential, conductors, capacitance, parallel plate capacitor, current, resistance, power, DC circuits, capacitors, magnetic fields, induction
The Advanced Mathematics sequence consists of three 30-hour workshops for a total of 90 hours of in-class material. Academic year sequences are held in 10 week classes each 3 hours long.
Classes consist of hands-on activities, practice problems, and concept synthesis. Academic year students are required to complete a minimal amount of practice problems. Students seeking A-G fulfillment will need to work with their parent schools in order to have this course satisfy A-G requirements.