Students all walks of life are inherently interested in the fundamental building blocks of the universe around them. To this end, we have radically rewritten the Physical Sciences curriculum to address their innate curiosity.
We attempt to answer three profound questions:
Each course that we offer helps students get in touch with the answers to these questions. Think of them as an introduction to the advanced high school sciences that they will soon be taking.
These courses will comprise an unforgettable scientific journey that will leave a lifelong impression in each student's mind.
This beginning laboratory chemistry course allows students to conduct the major historical experiments that led to the grandest achievement in chemistry: the assembly of all the matter in the universe into a periodic table that ultimately expresses all chemical principles.
topics include: obtaining pure elements, the nature of air, the ideal gas law, metal atomic mass, chemical reactivity, electrochemistry, charge to mass ratio, empirical formula, periodic table constructions
Quantum Physics I
Our foundational science course, bringing one of nature's most fascinating realities into the palm of your students' hands. This study of quantum physics is an unforgettable journey.
topics include: the electron, flame test, elements spectra, theory of diffraction, Bragg's Law, laser diffraction, photoelectric phenomenon, Rutherford's atomic model, Hydrogen spectrum, frequency to energy conversion, angular momentum, electrostatic force, QuantumBlocks, the Bohr model
This course concludes a students study of the nature of the universe. Here they discover the amazing reality of special and general relativity, and they learn how scientists study the stars.
topics include: relative motion, Galilean transformations, speed of light, time dilation, length contraction, Lorentz transformations, relativistic energy, rest mass energy, curvature of space-time, gravitational lensing, star cycle, black holes, standard candle, expansion of the universe
Each Physical Sciences course is a 30-hour laboratory workshop for a total of 90 hours of in-class material. Academic year sequences are held in 10 week classes each 3 hours long. Summer camps are held in a single week and cover 30 hours of material.
Students will be using mathematics and a little bit of algebra to express and interpret experimental results in the laboratory.
Classes consist of hands-on activities, lecture, and practice problems. Academic year students are required to complete a minimal amount of practice problems. Students seeking A-G fulfillment will need to complete additional homework and tests that could constitute up to 3 hours of work per week.