Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math score required
Prerequisites: Completion of Trigonometry
Course Length: 30 weeks
Recommended School Credit: One academic year
Student Expectations: Students are strongly encouraged to work at least 1 hour a day, 5 days a week.
Course Code: HPYY
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 this 30-week session based course is designed for students to gain experience as independent, self-motivated learners, under the guidance of a CTY Online instructor. Their knowledge is reinforced and assessed through simulations, activities, quizzes, laboratories, problem-solving exercises, and exams.
To ensure that all work is completed by the session end date, and to help students pace themselves, a course calendar outlines the due dates for submitting all assignments each week. Students are required to adhere to this schedule of due dates.
Free, online placement testing is available to determine if the student has the math skills needed to enroll in this course.
This course has synchronous virtual class meetings and students may also schedule one-on-one virtual meetings directly with the instructor to answer questions or concerns. The instructor will schedule meeting dates/times at the start of the course after polling student availability. Meetings will be recorded for students who are unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts. Participation in forums and synchronous online virtual classrooms 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. Online sessions, led by a CTY instructor, are held in Zoom which allows for video, voice, text, screen sharing, and whiteboard interaction.
Virtual classrooms, and student activities in the classroom, may be recorded and added to the course as an ongoing asset for all class students to review. 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.
A textbook is required for 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 or 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:
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 which can be used for instructor-student communication if the student has any questions about the course or curriculum. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch any recorded meetings. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both available for free download.
"The classes were wonderful, effective, and creative. The labs were enjoyable and the best technology I have ever used in virtual labs. They were challenging, but just the right amount. The course materials were the perfect combination to learn biology in a new and exciting manner. The course had the capacity to interest anyone, whether they have an interest in the subject or not."
"My instructor was very prompt in responding to my questions and answered them thoroughly. At times, the instructor provided inspiring remarks to keep going, in spite of the difficult levels of several assignments. Overall, I'm fully satisfied with this course, and wish to do many more at CTY."
"The online interface was engaging with content clearly and professionally presented. More importantly, the course structure facilitated organized note-taking and gave us opportunity to cultivate study skills, essential as content quantity burgeons. The instructor was a good fit, too."