Physics is science. Physics is the natural science that involves the study of matter and its motion through space and time, along with related concepts such as energy and force. One of the most fundamental scientific disciplines, the main goal of physics is to understand how the universe behaves.
Physics is technology. For example, physics is behind all the different technologies in a cell phone. We will study how electromagnetic waves encode information between a cell phone and tower, how electricity in the computer chips is controlled by transistors, resistors, and other elements, how a phone's speaker produces changing waves of air pressure, how a phone uses GPS to know its position, and more!
Physics is engineering. This class will reward a curious mind that wants to apply their knowledge of physics to design, build, tinker, and experiment.
Physics is math. Physics makes math less abstract and more concrete. Students will hone their math skills on real world problems giving their math skills a greater relevance and fluidity.
Photos: from class
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next generation science standards
the physics classroom
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wikibooks: physics study guide
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An organized notebook/binder and a scientific calculator is required.
I'm flexible about most other details, but I recommend:
scientific calculator: TI-30XIIS is cheap and works well.
pen or pencil: I like these colored pens.
If you were absent check in to see what you missed. The best time to meet with me is after school, any day but Wednesday.