
Welcome to IB Higher Level Physics 12!
IB Higher Level Physics 12 is the
first year of a two year introductory, algebrabased course in college
physics. Many sciencebased 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 34, calculus, as juniors.
Alternatively, a student in the SL Math sequence would be taking SL Math
12, precalculus, or may be in SL Math 34, calculus, as seniors.
Being enrolled in SL/HL Math 34, although highly recommended, is not a
requirement. Students in precalculus can still be successful but
the mathematical problemsolving techniques may seem somewhat more
difficult, but not impossible to master, with patience and practice. 
Course at a Glance
