Physics is the study of the
interaction of matter and energy with our environment. This course
is a two trimester inquiry and algebra-based physics course,
jointly addressing the IB SL Physics Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for high
school physics. During the first two trimesters of the course, students
will be engaged in the study of basic mechanics, thermal physics, waves, electricity,
and magnetism.
The world of mechanics includes the fields of kinematics, dynamics, and
energy. Thermal physics covers heat capacity, transfer, kinetic
theory and the Gas Laws. Waves encompass a detailed study of the physics of
vibrations in mechanical and electromagnetic media and how they lead to
energy transfer via oscillations .
Electricity and magnestism addresses force and energy in charged systems
and applications of circuits addressing voltage, resistance, current, power,
magnetism, and induction.
Students that are interested in taking the IB SL Physics exam will
enroll in the third trimester of the course, IB Standard Level Physics
2. During this time, students will continue their study of physics
in atomic, nuclear and particle physics, and astrophysics. The
former covers the electron transitions in atomic orbits and its relation
to atomic spectra, nuclear structure and radioactivity, and elementary
particle physics. Astrophysics is will entail a study of
planetary, stellar, and cosmological evolution. Students will be
exposed to the theoretical, experimental, and engineering aspects of
physics, thus attaing the skills to excel at theoretical problem
solving, experimental design and analysis, and the engineering design
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