Prerequisite: Algebra II Plus or currently enrolled in PreCalculus; Physics I
Physics I: Newtonian Mechanics
Topics covered include problem solving, one and two dimensional kinematics, forces, vectors, Newton’s Laws of Motion, air resistance (drag), momentum, impulse, uniform circular Motion, and Newton’s Universal Law of Gravity. Throughout the course, students will apply these principles to understand rocket flight and design a simple rocket.
Physics II: Energy and Momentum
Topics covered include conservation of momentum in translational motion and rotational motion and conservation of energy including work, heat transfer, gravitational potential energy, elastic potential energy, kinetic energy, internal energy, and pressure work. These culminate in learning to apply the First Law of Thermodynamics and Second Law of Thermodynamics to understand the causes of climate change and solve real-world problems in power generation, power storage, heating, cooling, and more.