Physics introduces students to relationships in the natural world using mathematical and conceptual thinking. Motion, forces and energy are the major themes investigated in this course. Straight-line motion as well as circular motion and gravitation provide ways for students to develop skill in looking at objects from different points of view. Our investigation of forces looks at the causes of motion and the interactions between objects. These interactions occur because of the types of energies that occur in a system. How this energy is transferred and the efficiency of its transfer are illustrated as we analyze collisions and the way simple machines work. We end this course with a discussion of the Special Theory of Relativity and the General Theory of Relativity. These two ideas form the cornerstones of modern physics. Students will also investigate the different kinds of energy by first looking at the atomic nature of matter. Each of three phases of matter are described in terms of their unique characteristics and features. Students will then learn about the difference between temperature and heat and how heat is transferred. Describing heat transfer and the factors affecting this is another feature of this course. Other forms of energy including waves (sound and light, too), electricity, magnetism and finally nuclear energy finish up the course. With each of the forms of energy there is an emphasis on the conceptual relationships that are unique to each, as well as how each of these forms of energy contribute to our world. Assessments for each individual lesson consist of multiple-choice exams. The mid-term and final exams consist of short answer, problem solving, or true/false questions.
- Course Name: Physics
- Subject Area: Science
- Credits: 1 Unit
- Track: College Prep, General
- Price: $
- Syllabus: Course Syllabus (PDF)
- Book(s)*: Conceptual Physics. Pearson (2009).
Take Online Physics for Summer School or Credit Recovery
- Consider a single-course enrollment for better focus
- Get ahead of your current placement in a specific subject area
- Make up failed or incomplete high school course credits as needed
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- Study any time day or night and learn at your own pace
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- Get additional study assistance from our online Learning Resource Center
- Complete the course in as few as 6 weeks
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Online Physics is part of the curriculum for College Prep Diploma students and an elective for General Diploma students. You can also purchase it as a single course for high school credit recovery or online summer school. Call 1-800-349-6861 or enroll online now!