Physics

Course Number: 416/417

Open To:
Grades 10-12

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Approved: Laboratory Science area “D” requirement.

Course Description:
This is a laboratory course that focuses on hands-on, real-world examples to describe the physical world. While math and a student's ability to perform critical analyses of problems involving physical phenomena is required, conceptual understanding is at the heart of this course. The course is taught through a combination of lab activities, lecture/discussion, demonstrations and guided problem solving. The laboratory experiments emphasize hands-on explorations of the fundamental concepts and laws that govern the universe. Topics will focus on mechanics and energy transformations.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • Walker Pearson Physics, 1st Ed, with MasteringPhysics; James S. Walker; Pearson 2014

ISBN:  978-1269220866

Students are strongly encouraged to buy the text directly from Pearson.

To locate the book on their website, go to Pearson →  enter school’s zipcode (92116) → select OLP → enter ISBN.

It is important that you choose Walker, Pearson Physics 1ed © 2014 with MasteringPhysics (2014).

Level of Difficulty:
Moderate
Difficult
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes

Prerequisites:
Biology and Chemistry AND
Concurrent enrollment or completion of Algebra II