This is a yearlong, physical science course designed for students who are planning on pursuing science or engineering in college. It is a laboratory class that teaches students basic lab techniques and how to complete proper laboratory write ups. Seventy-five percent of the class is spent on application of principles and equations by intensive problem-solving. Areas covered include: vector and scalar operations, motion in one- and two-dimensions, projectile motion, forces, Newton’s laws of motion, work energy, power, momentum, elastic and inelastic collisions, gravitational forces, rotational motion, torque, simple machines, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat engines, simple harmonic motion, springs, waves, sound, the Doppler effect, harmonics, light and reflection, refraction, interference and diffraction, electric fields, electricity, electrical energy, circuits and circuit elements, magnetism, induction and alternating current, nuclear physics, subatomic physics, relativity, and modern electronics.
Full year—1 credit