This is our catalog of courses. We will occasionally adjust the course listing to reflect the addition of new courses and the retirement of others.
Learn about the created universe and how things work as you dive into a rigorous, algebra-based physics experience! This class is designed to prepare students for college-level study in physics and develop your critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
This is a college prep course in Physics. It is algebra-based, but it is rigorous. This is the second part of a two-semester course. It is expected that students have completed College Preparatory Physics: Mechanics. The textbook is designed for non-calculus introductory college classes, high school AP classes, and students preparing for the MCAT. Each live class will be accompanied by a pre-recorded class session.
Students will investigate the inner workings of the universe, created by a loving and omnipotent God. The goal of the course is to build on previous knowledge of Physical Science and Introductory Physics principles, to break common misconceptions, and to understand more deeply the working of the mechanical universe. Students will learn problem-solving strategies as they apply the laws of physics to everyday examples in our lives. Of course, students will learn that “physics is phun” as we learn what makes the universe tick!
Week 1 – Work, Power, & Simple Machines
Week 2 – Conservation of Energy
Week 3 – Impulse & Momentum
Week 4 – Conservation of Momentum
Week 5 – Vibrations & Waves
Week 6 – Sound
Week 7 – Electric Forces & Fields
Week 8 – Electric Current
Week 9 – Simple DC Circuits
Week 10 – Solving Circuits with Kirchoff’s Laws
Week 11 – Relativity – Time Dilation & Length Contraction
Week 12 – Relativity – Energy & Momentum, Space Travel
Week 13 – Final Exam Review & Final Exam
Course materials: Text: Physics 5th Edition, John D. Cutnell, Kenneth W. Johnson, Published by Wiley, 2000, ISBN 10: 047132146X, ISBN 13: 978-0471321460 (https://amzn.to/3HdJipA)
Computer with video camera and microphone (this class is interactive)
Scientific or Graphing Calculator
PDF Scanner or smart phone with Adobe Scan (or equivalent)
Homework: This is an algebra-based course, but it is fairly rigorous. Weekly reading and completion of homework is expected. Thirty to sixty minutes of reading/homework a few times a week is a reasonable expectation. Individual assignments will be provided in Moodle with homework solutions posted so students can evaluate their understanding. Online interactives and simulations may be assigned to further understanding and apply concepts. Weekly discussion forums will be part of class assignments. Each week a quiz or test will be assigned in the Moodle interface to check student understanding. Grades are based on the following weights:
Homework – 25% Quizzes & Tests – 50% Participation – 10% Final Exam – 15%.
Class dates: Mondays, January 15 to April 22, 2024 (No class on February 12 and April 1)
Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)
Duration: 60 minutes per class