Physics - course notes
Physics is a lab science with a math focus. We use physical relationships to predict and shape our surroundings. We will also attempt to discover new physical relationships through experimentation.
Physics is science. Physicists build mathematical models that approximate how matter and energy change over time.
Physics advances technology. Physics explains how electromagnetic waves encode information from a cell phone, how electricity in a computer chip is controlled by transistors, how a speaker produces sound with magnets, and how GPS calculates position.
Physics guides engineering. A knowledge of physics allows engineers to predict how their projects will behave. Physics helps them design, tinker, and experiment.
Physics speaks with math. Math is the language physics uses to understand and communicate the nature of our universe.
An organized notebook/binder and a scientific calculator is required. I'm flexible about most other details, but I recommend:
graph paper: for graphing, charts, free body diagrams, circuit diagrams, ...
scientific calculator: TI-30XIIS is cheap and works well.
pen or pencil: I like these colored pens.
Computer Science - codepen
If you were absent, check in after class to see what you missed. If you need to make up an assignment, or have any questions come by my room after school.
Photos: classroom science experiments
Electronics: soldering circuits and programming Arduinos
n-gon: physics based sidescrolling shooter
I graduated from University of Georgia with a B.S. in physics and astronomy. I've been teaching high school physics, chemistry, and computer science in California since 2006.
I nerd out on: books, hiking, soccer, science, coding, Arduino, biking to work