Welcome to the home page for the Mount Rainier High School Physics program.  Physics, by its very nature, is the most fundamental of all the sciences.  This, in its very essence, implies that the more complex sciences such as biology, geology, meteorology, oceanography, and many others form their bases from pure physical concepts.  For example, in biology, the principles that govern life basically are analyzed at the cellular level and in more recent times the molecular level with DNA.  A study of molecular and atomic matter is the basis of chemistry, but even these are governed by the fundamental force of electromagnetism, which is studied in the realm of physics. 

It has been said that the sciences best serve us through rigorous study and application of its principles and foundations alongside with its connections to our environment and society.  Science is all around us and should be experienced, both empirically and theoretically.  The experimental scientist cannot exist without the theorist, who explores the universe through creation of models that attempt to explain how the natural world works, based on the laws and foundations of science.   The modern empirical scientist has the job of validating the theorists models.  Likewise, the theorist cannot exist without the experimenter, who strives to validate theories or arrive at conclusions that produce contradictions, requiring the theoretical scientists to return to the drawing board and rethink their ideas.
The symbiosis of empiricism and theory is the foundation that a student at Mount Rainier will stand on when studying physics. They will have multiple opportunities at scientific investigation and regular instruction in the basis of analytical thinking and theoretical problem solving.  Additionally, they will be exploring the application of physics in technology and our world environment.  Physics is full of awe-inspiring phenomenon and the world will unfold in front of you as we explore the very nature of the Earth and the Universe that we live in.  Wise Physics Quotes

"Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine."

"Something unknown is doing what we don't know yet."

Sir Arthur Eddington

“I think physicists are the Peter Pans of the human race. They never grow up and they keep their curiosity.

Isidor Isaac Rabi