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Basic Physics, Part One

Join this introductory physics course designed to help you understand foundational physics principles. If you would like to learn major concepts from a non-mathematical perspective, come to appreciate the beauty found in science, and earn a high school physics credit, then this is the course for you.

Total classes: 12

Prerequisite: Completion of one year of Algebra 1

Suggested grade level: 11th or 12th grade

Suggested credit: One full semester Physics

Special notes: This is Part One of a two-part course. Students are expected to also register for Part Two offered in the Spring semester. This basic high school physics course will help instill a love of science. However, it is not college preparatory.


This is the first of a two-semester course sequence on introductory physics. In this course, physical principles involved in motion, energy, and fluids, will be demonstrated in the classroom by the use of everyday devices with an effort to set them in their historical and philosophical contexts. The overall goals are to help the student understand the major concepts of physics from a non-mathematical perspective and to appreciate the interaction of these physical principles in nature. This course is especially focused for students who are not planning on a STEM field but still desire a foundational knowledge of Physics. Although this is a basic course, it does require a knowledge of Algebra, especially being able to rearrange algebraic equations.


Week 1: Motion

Week 2: Gravity and Acceleration

Week 3: Newton’s Laws of Motion

Week 4: Circular Motion

Week 5: Review for Midterm

Week 6: Momentum & Impulse

Week 7: Energy

Week 8: Rotational Motion

Week 9: Fluids

Week 10: Heat

Week 11: Heat Engines

Week 12: Review for Final

Materials and Homework

Materials: The Physics of Everyday Phenomena, 6th Edition by E. Thomas Griffith and Juliet W. Brosing, ISBN 978-0073513904 (https://amzn.to/38jAeRo or BookFinder.com).

Homework: Each week, students will be required to read a selection from the textbook, take a short 10-question quiz, and occasionally watch or perform a simple experiment on their own. If students are having difficulties, there are extra practice problems in the book they can do to support their knowledge.

Important Dates

Class dates: Mondays, September 9 to December 9, 2024. (No class Oct. 28 & Nov. 25) (Rain Day December 16th)

Starting time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central; 12:30 Mountain; 11:30 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

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