Physics is the branch of science that describes matter, energy, and the interaction between them. In practice, it is about asking fundamental questions and trying to answer them by observing and experimenting. Topics covered include kinematics, dynamics, gravitation, rotational motion, momentum, fluids, thermodynamics, waves, electricity, magnetism and more. Students can expect to apply classroom content to laboratory activities requiring scientific thinking and problem solving. Hands-on application projects and research-based/application projects will also be required.
The course takes a mathematical and conceptual approach to explaining the fundamentals of classical physics. Students are routinely expected to integrate mathematical equations into their conceptual understanding of physics. Students are also required to use basic trigonometry in conjunction with physics formulas to explain and predict outcomes of proposed scenarios based on the known laws of physics. The goal of the course is to prepare students for introductory college-level physics courses such as those regularly required for degrees in engineering, science or various pre-med fields.