Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math score required
Prerequisites: Completion of Trigonometry
Course Format: Individually paced
Course Length: Typically 6 - 9 months
Recommended School Credit: One academic year
Course Code: HPY
Honors Physics expands upon the concepts introduced in Physical Science to help students understand the physical world around them. The course opens with a review of the mathematical skills needed in high school physics. Then, it quickly proceeds into classical physics, starting with mechanics, a mathematical interpretation of how the world works developed by Isaac Newton. Students then continue on to learn about waves, optics, and electromagnetism. The course also includes an optional survey of thermodynamics and more modern work in physics, including an introduction to quantum mechanics. Throughout the course, students learn to apply the concepts from the reading and lessons to the world around them through homework problems that adapt to the students’ performance and laboratories.
The format and structure of the course is designed for students to gain experience as independent, self-motivated learners as they learn content from lessons and reinforce their understanding of the concepts through simulations, activities, quizzes, laboratories, problem-solving exercises, and exams.
Videos from YouTube or other web providers may be present in this course. Video recommendations or links provided at end of videos are generated by the video host provider and are not CTY recommendations.
Free, online placement testing is available to determine if the student has the math skills needed to enroll in this course.
In this course, participation in forums are required as part of the final grade. Discussion forums are located within the course for each unit. Students will be required to respond to a given prompt and then comment on at least two responses by other students in the course. This course does not have any synchronous class meetings, but students may schedule one-on-one virtual meetings directly with the instructor to answer questions or concerns.
A textbook is used with this course.
Physics: Principles with Applications, 7th edition, by Douglas C. Giancoli
A lab kit is available and recommended for this course: Purchase an Honors Physics Lab Kit from Quality Science Labs. You may source all of the materials on your own if preferred. Additional materials you provide are also required (listed below).
List of material included in Lab Kit:
Supply your own - These materials not included in Lab Kit:
Measurement and Estimating
Kinematics in One Dimension
Kinematics in Two Dimensions; Vectors
Dynamics: Newton’s Laws of Motion
Circular Motion and Gravitation
Work and Energy
Static Equilibrium, Elasticity, and Fracture
Oscillations and Waves
Electric Charge and Electric Field
This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
Zoom online virtual classroom
This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch recorded meetings. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both available for free download.