Fees: WebAssign 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 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:

  • Geophysics and applications of EM radiation (Skyline High School)
  • Thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, Modern Physics (Issaquah High School)
  • Thermodynamics, electricity, lunar astronomy (Liberty High School)

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 calculator (TI-83+, TI-84, or TI-Nspire recommended)