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Summer 2019 • Grade 9 and above • Science Sequence

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Introduction to Physics: The Forces of Nature

This eight week course will use the lectures Michael Faraday delivered in 1859 as a starting point to discussclassical mechanics, chemical bonding, electricity and magnetism, and gain experience using the scientific method of experimentation and writing lab reports. Faraday is still regarded as one of the greatest experimental scientists of all time, and his lectures are filled with his excitement over the wonders of natural phenomena, as well as very practical instruction on the nature of gravity and the interaction of electrical and magnetic forces, as well as practical demonstrations of experimental observational methods. All students will have the opportunity to perform adaptations of Faraday's experiments to develop proper experimental techniques then submit their lab reports for teacher and peer review, and discuss their experiences in online class sessions. This is an excellent opportunity for junior high and early high school students to prepare for high school level science courses. Advanced students can use this course to jump-start their lab work for the AP Physics 2017-2018 academic year course by covering lab techniques, data manipulation methods, and critical concepts. Those students planning on taking AP Pbysics will be given more challenging assignments and experiment options which can be used to fulfill Scholars Online Physics AP course requirements to help develop an appreciation for the fundamental principles underlying modern chemistry. However, these students should be prepared to commit up to eight hours a week in reading, homework, and lab work.

Course Website: Introduction to Physics: The Forces of Nature

Sections and Teachers

Section 1:

Instructor: Christe McMenomy

Starts: June 11, 2019
Ends: August 6, 2019

Tuesday 9:30 AM to 10:50 AM ET

Tuition: $225.00


At a minimum, students must be able to handle simple algebraic equations, such as s = 1/2 at2 and should have completed a junior-high level survey of physical science. To tackle optional advanced AP course preparation work, students should have completed or be planning to take Advanced Algebra.

Recommended background

Mimimum: Algebra I.

Teacher's notes:

There will be no meeting 28 June 2016.

Textbooks and Materials

This item is required:

On the Various Forces of Nature , Authors: Michael Faraday

ISBN: 1330698886

Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore

Other information: Available in free ePUB format at or at

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Understand Physics: Teach Yourself [Edition or Version: 3], Authors: Jim Breithaupt

ISBN: 0071768688

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