Physics

  • PHYSICS – studies a variety of topics that include the laws of motion, changes within physical systems, conservation of energy and momentum, force, thermodynamics, characteristics and behavior of waves and quantum physics.  This course provides students with conceptual framework, factual knowledge and analytical and scientific skills.

     

    AP PHYSICS 1 – is the equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. This is an appropriate first physics course for students who are preparing for a career in medicine, engineering or related scientific field. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy and power; mechanical waves and sound and introduces electric circuits. Students are required to take the Advanced Placement exam.

     

    AP PHYSICS II – is the equivalent to a second-semester college course in algebra-based physics. This  is an appropriate second physics course for students who are preparing for a career in medicine or other non-engineering scientific field. The course covers fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, atomic and nuclear physics. Students are required to take the Advanced Placement exam.

     

    AP PHYSICS C -forms the first part of the college sequence that serves as the foundation in physics for students majoring in the physical sciences or engineering. The sequence is parallel to or preceded by mathematics courses that include calculus. Methods of calculus are used wherever appropriate in formulating physical principles and in applying them to physical problems. The sequence is more intensive and analytic than that in the B course. Strong emphasis is placed on solving a variety of challenging problems, some requiring calculus. The subject matter of the C course is principally mechanics and electricity and magnetism, with approximately equal emphasis on these two areas.  Students are required to take the Advanced Placement exam.

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