Fast-Paced High School Physics
- Grades 7-11
- Advanced CTY-Level
- Science and Engineering
This course covers material typically included in a year-long, algebra-based introductory course in high school physics, a usual prerequisite for advanced physics courses like AP® Physics 1, or IB Physics. The course is divided into two parts: mechanics; and electricity and magnetism. You and your classmates will explore elements of mechanics including kinematics; Newton’s laws of motion; work, energy, and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; and oscillations and gravitation. Then you’ll move on to electricity and magnetism topics including electrostatics; conductors, capacitors, and dielectrics; electric circuits; magnetic fields; and electromagnetism. In labs, you’ll measure and analyze error; determine gravitational acceleration; and experiment with simple circuit analysis and the magnetic deflection of electrons. Lab time constitutes at least 20 hours.
Typical Class Size: 18-20
- Apply kinematics and Newton’s Laws to justify the motion of objects
- Employ mathematical computations appropriately for work, energy, and power, and apply the work-energy principle or conservation of mechanical energy
- Analyze and determine the momentum, energy loss, and impulse in colliding systems
- Calculate torque and apply static equilibrium problem-solving strategies to various conditions
- Explain the relationship of buoyancy, pressure, and density of fluids by producing a small model boat that supports extra weight
- Derive and apply simple harmonic motion and wave mechanics to various applications
- Apply optics rules by interpreting mirror and lens diagrams to solve problems involving light passing through a lens
- Analyze, calculate and interpret current, electric potential energy, voltage, and resistance
- Utilize Ohm’s law for circuits and electric power to design a flashlight
- Construct a magnet by calculating magnetic forces and fields and apply them to moving charges
- Determine heat transfer from temperature changes and apply the first and second laws of thermodynamics to calculate the efficiency of a heat engine
- Justify evidence for the wave-particle duality of light
Summer Dates & Locations
Testing and Prerequisites
|Required Level||Advanced CTY-Level||Not required|
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Course PrerequisitesFast-Paced High School Physics requires:
Algebra 2 (trigonometry recommended)
Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $50 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $250 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available
We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.
Please acquire all course materials by the course start date, unless noted as perishable. Items marked as “perishable” should not be acquired until the student needs them in the course. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact [email protected].
Course Extras (Lab fee info, etc): Lab fee: $145
These titles have been featured in past sessions of the course, and may be included this summer. CTY provides students with all texts; no purchase is required.
- Physics: Principles and Problems, Paul N. Zitzewitz
Students must bring a laptop computer with at least Windows 10 or a recent version of Mac OS for use during the session. Students may be asked to install simulation software once onsite; detailed instructions will be provided.
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