Fee: Web assignment fee – $TBA, Spring Project fee - $TBA

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 Higher Education Board of the State of Washington (HEC Board), 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:
  • Rocketry and Aerospace Science (SHS)
  • Thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, Modern Physics (IHS)
  • Thermodynamics, electricity, lunar astronomy (LHS)

Skills Taught in this Course:

  • Increased use of Inquiry-based and guided laboratory work
  • Expanded problem solving and critical thinking strategies
  • Use of sophisticated equipment and probe ware to investigate physics phenomena
  • Data analysis and graphing techniques
  • Communication through scientific writing

Strategies: Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Lecture/discussion
  • Inquiry-based and guided laboratory work
  • Problem solving and critical thinking exercises
  • Interactive, student and teacher led demonstrations
  • Student projects and research with emphasis on communication
  • Cooperative learning

Equipment to be provided by student: Scientific function calculator (TI-83+, TI-84 or TI-Nspire recommended), WebAssign: $10.50 to $15.50 + tax, used for graded homework and online assessments