Physics A

What are the fundamental laws of the physical universe?

Why Take This Course?

The universe, in a very real and fundamental way, is understandable. The universe obeys a set of simple and approachable laws. As human beings, we are affected by these laws every day. From the daily tasks of simple life to the far-reaching decisions made in the halls of power, an understanding of physics can empower you to make the world a better place. In this High School science course, we explore these laws, not only from the perspective of a scientist, but from the perspective of a leader.


Course Framework

Unit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5
How do I use math to understand objects in motion?How do I understand motion in two directions?What are real life applications of physics?What are Newton's laws?What entities are always conserved?
What mathematical knowledge is essential for doing physics calculations?How do I use vectors to describe the motion of an object in two dimensions?What does physics tell me about the threat of terrorism?Why is a large force required to create a large acceleration? Why do objects "resist" acceleration?Why do the planets orbit the sun?
How do triangles and triangle math help solve physics problems?How is circular motion different than linear motion?What does physics tell me about energy and nuclear weapons?What does "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction" really mean?How does physics fit in with other areas of science?
What are vectors and how are they used to describe the motion of an object?What types of velocity and acceleration problems can I solve using vectors and triangle math?What does physics have to do with terrorism?Can energy be created?
How do I measure position, distance, velocity, and speed?How can physics help me understand some of the challenges facing today's society, such as energy shortages and nuclear weaponry?
How do I measure changes in velocity (acceleration)?

Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase

Find required versions of texts, including ISBNs, and list of required materials on the High School Booklist

Richard A. MullerPhysics for Future Presidents
Richard FeynmanSix Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teachers