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 Mastering Physics; James S. Walker; Pearson 2014; ISBN:  978-1269220866

Students are strongly encouraged to purchase the textbook directly from the Pearson Website. Please follow these instructions for purchasing:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter the school zip code 92116
  3. Select Academy of Our Lady of Peace
  4. Use the drop-down menu to select your course

For each course, you will see two options listed. The more expensive option is for the print textbook + the e-textbook/digital courseware access. The less expensive option is for the e-textbook/digital courseware access only. Either option is fine and is up to the student’s preference. 

Level of Difficulty:
  Very Difficult

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

Biology and Chemistry AND
Concurrent enrollment or completion of Algebra II