IB Higher
Level Physics 1 is the
first year of a two year introductory, algebra-based course in college
physics. Many science-based majors in college require a course in physics and the
Higher Level sequence is roughly equivalent in pace and scope. Many
students will find themselves only taking one year of physics, which is
typical. A few who show strong interest in college science fields or
plan on majoring in physics or engineering will opt to take the course
for both years. The two year IB programs will prepare you for the IB
Standard Level (SL) or Higher Level (HL) exams.
The first year of the course encompasses a variety of topics ranging
from classical Newtonian mechanics that includes kinematics, dynamics,
gravitation, work, energy, and linear momentum during the first semester
to heat, temperature, kinetic theory, waves and oscillations, electric
forces, electric potential, and electric potential energy.
Students can expect a rigorous treatment on the theoretical concepts
noted above along with ample opportunities to learn and utilize the
techniques of experimental scientists through laboratory practicals
allowing for experimental design, analysis, and evaluation.
Engineering principles will be touched upon through a number of
projects, such as "catapult design", "destructive testing", "heating
principles", "The Egg Drop", and "musical instrument design".
It is often the case that many students who
are in the HL Physics program are also in the HL Math sequence.
Typically, a junior would then be in HL Math 3-4, calculus, as juniors.
Alternatively, a student in the SL Math sequence would be taking SL Math
1-2, pre-calculus, or may be in SL Math 3-4, calculus, as seniors.
Being enrolled in SL/HL Math 3-4, although highly recommended, is not a
requirement. Students in pre-calculus can still be successful but
the mathematical problem-solving techniques may seem somewhat more
difficult, but not impossible to master, with patience and practice. |
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