Learning Recommendations:

General Description:

  • This is a yearlong laboratory course, which fulfills the science requirements for graduation and university entrance.
  • Students will gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of the physical world and an appreciation of many of the phenomena they experience in their lives.
  • Emphasis on lab skills and scientific inquiry.
  • Emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Physics is a quantitative science and students do a significant amount of math.
  • This course fulfills (1) college prep science requirement, as outlined by the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) as a lab-based and algebra based science course.

Content:

  • Students will be actively engaged in learning and experiencing the following:
    • Methods and application of physical measurement
    • Mechanics
    • Wave mechanics

Color, light and/or sound and optics

  • Other topics included but not limited to:
    • Thermodynamics, electricity, lunar astronomy 

Equipment to be provided by student: Scientific function calculator (TI-83+, TI-84 or TI-Nspire recommended)