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Course: Honors Physics

V Honors Physics • 2019 listing - for reference only • Grade 11 or above • Science Sequence
* Primary Instructor
Christe McMenomy
* Sections
[Enrolled students will be notified if teacher schedules change between course posting at the time enrollment opens and the scheduled start of classes. Please see Tuition and Fees for refund policy.]
Section dates, meeting times, and tuition are still being determined.
* Website
Please review more extensive materials at the teacher's Honors Physics website.
* Description

Honors Physics builds on concepts of matter, force, and energy acquired in junior high by introducing more advanced methods of mathematical, dimensional, and graphical analysis to explore the fundamentals of classical mechanics: force, energy, and momentum, and uses these to show how energy and momentum are conserved in linear, circular, and rotational motion, as well as systems in equilibrium. During spring semester, we will use similar tools and methods to explore electricity, magnetism, optics, relativity, quantum mechanics, and nuclear physics.

REQUIRED LAB WORK: Students must design, plan, and carry out twelve labs for course credit.

This course may be combined with the AP Physics Option, which has its own requirements. Successful completion of BOTH Honors Physics and the AP Option option are required for AP Physics credit.

This course is taught using the Scholars Online Chat software, which allows the teacher to embed graphics, mathematical equations, and movies in the chat session, with complete logging available for the entire year. Audio software is not used to allow students with limited internet access to participate fully, and to encourage precise thinking and writing skills.

* Meetings
This course meets 3 times per week for discussion and review of assigned homework.
* Homework
Students read 10-20 pages of math-intensive text and complete homework assignments of 5-10 problems twice a week, posting a complete solution with explanations for several of the problems from each assignment. Online quizzes are required for each unit, and comprehensive examinations are given each semester. Students must also complete lab work and submit formal lab reports, then participate in discussions of results.
* Prerequisites
SO Natural Science 1 and 2 or equivalent three-year junior high physical/life/earth science combination. Algebra covering the evaluation of functions and the quadratic equation and basic geometry must be completed prior to course. Trigonometry and precalculus math should be taken prior to enrollment or concurrently if trigonometry will be covered immediately.
* Recommended background
Students should some aquaintance with the concepts of energy and motion, the forces of gravity, electricity, and magnetism.
V Textbooks and Materials
* Physics: Principles with Applications (Edition: 7)
Donald C. Giancoli
This text is required.
ISBN: 0321869117
Publisher's website: Physics: Principles with Applications
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Note: it is not necessary to purchase Mastering Physics; we will be using our own Moodle for exercises. You may be able to find a used copy for significantly less than a new copy.

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