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Welcome to IB Standard Level Physics 2! Course at a Glance
IB Standard Level Physics 2 is the third trimester of a course that covers an introductory, algebra-based course in physics, jointly addressing the IB SL Physics standards and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  It is a continuation of IB SL Physics 1.  At this point in time, perhaps you have shown a strong interest in the content and wish to pursue further understanding or maybe you have a desire to be a physicist or engineer.  You may also have decided to test in IB Physics as a Certificate or Diploma candidate.  There may be many reasons for your choice but, nevertheless, your passion for physics will continue to be piqued this year.  As you should be aware, this course will prepare you for the IB Standard Level (SL) exam, although you are not required to partake in this test.  The exam includes three papers covering core content requirements plus a component called the Interal Assessment which incorporates performance on laboratory skills and an interdisciplinary and collaborative research project known as the "Group 4 Project".

This trimester the course will give you the opportunity to continue your exploration into atomic and nuclear physics, elementary particle physics, and astrophysics.  Much like the previous year, you should still expect to explore theoretical concepts in a rigorous fashion through problem-solving along with representative laboratory experiments based on current and relevant topics of study.  Since this course has as its primary purpose to prepare for the IB SL exam, there may be limited opportunities for engineering projects due to time constraints. 
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