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S101: Physics
Physics First is a dynamic hands-on laboratory science course. The curriculum for Physics First is split into four major units. Each requires students to collect and mathematically analyze experimental data, and each culminating with a project. In the first unit, students will study velocity, acceleration, Newton’s Laws and momentum, through the perspective of safe driving. The electricity unit will focus on charge and electric circuits. During the third unit students will study waves, sound and light. In the fourth unit, students will study heat and energy, while building and experimenting with a water-powered machine. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10

Honors Designation for S101 CP Physics First
A student will receive an Honors Designation on their transcript for Physics First by completing a series of requirements throughout the year, such as: more in-depth assignments, rigorous analysis of their experimental data, and extended research and analysis for their culminating projects. At the end of the course, students will demonstrate their understanding and achievements by creating and presenting an honors portfolio that draws together their body of work and relates it to the over arching goals for the course.

S402: Applied Physics
classroom.jpgStudents will gain a better understanding of the connections between science and engineering, and the application of Physics in every day life and technology. Topics of study will be applications of physics in sports, medical technology, communications, computers, electronics, and transportation. Students will be given performance goals and required to design, build or produce a product that meets those goals using limited resources. Examples of design projects include a motor-driven car, a working barometer, or a helicopter powered by a mousetrap. Students will gain an understanding of the physics concepts used in design projects. There will be emphasis on the writing process and experimental design to help prepare students for lab investigations in college. Length: One semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Students can be concurrently enrolled in Biology

S417: Modern Physics
The Modern Physics course examines topics not offered in a classical physics course, instead focusing on some of nature’s most unexpected phenomena. This includes the behavior of very small (quantum and nuclear physics) and very large (wormholes and black holes) quantities. It will also look at the current theories on behavior and origin of energy and matter, such as General Relativity, String Theory and Cosmology. Emphasis will be placed on topics that inspired technological advancements such as semiconductors, lasers, GPS, LCD and plasma screens. Length: One semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: Physics, Chemistry and Biology and completion or concurrent registration in Algebra II/Trig, Pre-Calculus or IMP 3 Required

S504: AP Physics B
This is a full year, algebra-based, introductory college level physics course emphasizing inquiry-based instruction. A focus on conceptual understanding of foundational physical principles, with student directed hands-on engagement, is geared towards an enduring and deep appreciation of physical principles. Critical thinking and analytical skills will be developed in the context of reasoning about physical phenomena within the framework of science practices such as the use of models, mathematics, and data collection and analysis. This course is offered in two semester-long courses and prepares the student to take both the AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 exams, for which qualifying scores will earn the students credits at accepting universities. AP Physics 1 is a prerequisite for AP Physics 2, but students have the option of only taking the first semester of AP Physics 1.

S504A: AP Physics 1
This is a one semester introductory, algebra-based college physics course covering a wide spectrum of physics topics. The course covers all major topics of mechanics: Newton’s laws of motion; work, energy, and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; gravitation; oscillations and mechanical waves. However, AP Physics 1 does not parallel AP Physics C: Mechanics, in that the scope of the course extends beyond mechanics to include an introduction to topics such as electrostatics and waves. This course has an inquiry-based experimental component, designed for the student not only to gain hands-on experience observing physical phenomena and using laboratory equipment, but to engage in scientific questioning and to design investigations and implement data collection strategies to answer a particular scientific question. This course prepares the student for the AP Physics 1 exam, the AP Physics 2 course offered in the spring semester, and for calculus-based college physics. Offered: Fall Semester; Length: Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisite: Algebra and Geometry, and previous or concurrent enrollment in Pre-calculus.

S504B: AP Physics 2
This course continues the treatment of electricity and magnetism introduced in AP Physics 1 in much more depth and detail. However, AP Physics 2 does not parallel AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, in that the scope of the course includes an in-depth treatment of topics such asthermodynamics, fluid mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics, quantum mechanics and the limitations of classical mechanics, optics, and electromagnetic waves. This course has an inquiry-based experimental component, designed for the student to not only gain hands-on experience observingphysical phenomena and using laboratory equipment, but to engage in scientific questioning and todesign investigations and implement data collection strategies to answer a particular scientific question. This course prepares the student for the AP Physics 2 exam and for calculus-based college physics. Students should plan on taking this course in the spring following AP Physics 1. Offered: Spring Semester; Length: Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisite: AP Physics 1, Algebra and Geometry, and previous or concurrent enrollment in Pre-calculus.

AP Physics C: Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism
This is a full year introductory college level course on Newtonian Mechanics and Electricity and Magnetism. The course is the equivalent of a calculus-based college introductory physics mechanics course and prepares the student to take both the AP Physics C: Mechanics and the AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism exams for which qualifying scores at accepting colleges and universities typically earn the students 3 credits each. It is offered in two semester-long courses. Students have the option of only taking the first semester for AP Physics C: Mechanics.

S503A: AP Physics C: Mechanics (Semester 1 of AP Physics C)
This is a one semester introductory college level course on Newtonian Mechanics. It covers the foundation topics of kinematics; Newton’s laws of motion; work, energy, and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; and oscillations and gravitation. The course focuses on building strong conceptual, theoretical development and problem solving skill for students interested in pursuing science, medicine, engineering or technology college programs and careers. The course also teaches the use and application of the prerequisite math courses: calculus, trigonometry, geometry and algebra. The course has an experimental component for the student to gain first hand experience observing the physics and using experimental equipment. The course is the equivalent of a calculus-base college introductory physics mechanics course and prepare the student to take the AP Physics C: Mechanics exam for which qualifying scores at accepting colleges and universities typically earn the students 6 credits. Students typically take this course in the fall and subsequently take AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism in the spring. Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters; Length: Semester Credits: 10; Prerequisites: AP Calculus recommended but NOT required

S503B: AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism (Semester 2 of AP Physics C)
This is a one semester introductory college level course on Electricity and Magnetism. It covers the major introductory areas of E&M including: electrostatics; conductors, capacitors, and dielectrics; electric circuits; Maxwell’s Equations, magnetic fields; and electromagnetism. The course focuses on building strong conceptual, theoretical development and problem solving skill for students interested in pursuing science, medicine, engineering or technology college programs and careers. The course also teaches the use and application of the prerequisite math courses: calculus, trigonometry, geometry and algebra. The course has an experimental component for the student to gain first hand experience observing the physics and using experimental equipment. The course is the equivalent of a calculus-base college introductory physics mechanics course and prepare the student to take the AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism exam for which qualifying scores at accepting colleges and universities typically earn the students 6 credits. Students often take this course in the spring following AP Physics C: Mechanics, but the Mechanics course is not a prerequisite. Offered: Spring Semester; Length: Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisite: AP Calculus required