Honors Physics


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Course Summary


This is a Christ-centered, college-preparatory, high school honors physics course taught in a 33-week, school-year-block schedule.  This course utilizes the Exploring Creation with Physics, 2nd Edition, textbook by Dr. Jay L. Wile and its accompanying Solutions ManualThere are 16 modules to complete; hence, the student will finish one module every two weeks.  It is college preparatory course; hence, it requires a lot of commitment to be successful.  


In order to take this course, students must have completed a first-year chemistry course, preferably Exploring Creation with Chemistry. This college-preparatory physics course offers a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general physics. It provides the student with a strong background in units, measurement, one-dimensional and two-dimensional motion, Newton's laws and their application, gravity, work and energy, momentum, periodic motion, waves, optics, electrostatics, electrodynamics, electrical circuits, and magnetism.  


The course includes approximately 30 hours of laboratory work, including study of velocity, acceleration, free fall, two-dimensional motion, torque, Hooke's Law, periodic motion, the Law of Reflection. The lab work also includes making and using an electroscope, and determining whether a substance is diamagnetic, paramagnetic, or ferromagnetic. The curriculum requirement for the course is Exploring Creation with Physics Second Edition textbook set by Jay L. Wile. Prerequisites: Algebra I, plus basic knowledge of trigonometric functions (sine, cosine, tangent, etc.) since the course utilizes vector analysis. 


This course requires the recently released Apologia's Exploring Creation with Physics, 2nd Edition, text and solutions manual. Students must complete 20 30 pages of reading per module, one set of parent-graded Module Study Guide questions, one typewritten formal Experiment Report per quarter, all remaining Module experiment activities in a paper and ink laboratory report notebook, and must complete an online Module Test at the end of each Module. There will also be an online semester exam at the end of first and second semesters. 


Semester grades for the course will be determined by the total number of required labs completed and grade obtained on the two quarterly formal lab report submissions (25% of total grade), online module test scores (50%), and online comprehensive semester exam standing (remaining 25%).  There will be online 1st and 2nd semester grade cards produced. Students will meet with the instructor once per week for 90 minutes in an interactive video conference using web conferencing software. 


Cost of the course is approximately $400 ($13 per 90 minute session): computer, Internet, textbooks, and lab equipment costs are not included.  There is no refund of tuition should a student miss a class or should the corporate Internet system fail.  Mr. Rosenoff will record his classes and make these available encase of Internet failure or for individual absence make up: an example recording is linked to the course main page.



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