Wilson Hill Academy has adopted a “Physics First” progression for science classes in the School of Rhetoric. This is a growing trend in college preparatory programs, since it allows students to build on a solid mathematical and physical science foundation in order to better understand chemistry, which in turn allows them to study biology in a way that depends upon cell chemistry. This prepares them well for college science classes.
Formerly referred to as “Conceptual Physics”, this is an introductory physics course intended for 9th grade students who have not yet completed Algebra I. The course will serve to introduce concepts and principles that underlie the physical sciences, preparing the student for future studies in Chemistry, Physics, Geology, etc. It covers most of the material in the Honors Physics class (see below), but at a slightly reduced level of detail. There is a heavy math component to the class, as students will learn how to set up and solve scientific problems, handle scientific notation and units of measure, etc.
Prerequisites: Algebra 1 concurrently
Textbook: Introductory Physics, (Mays), (2012); ISBN-13: 978-0-9883228-2-0; available from Novare Science and Math.
Physics 1 (Honors)
Formerly known as “Accelerated Studies in Physics and Chemistry” (after the text book used), this is a rigorous, honors level introductory physics course intended for accelerated 9th grade students who have already completed Algebra 1 and are motivated toward honors-level study in science and mathematics. The course integrates history, mathematics, and technical communication skills. Through successful completion of this course, a student will develop a mastery of the basic tools of physics and chemistry, including fundamental concepts and applications, computational skills, and analytical skills. Topics covered in this text are ideal for an honors-level freshman science course, providing a solid foundation for future science classes. Among the topics the course will cover are Newton’s laws of motion, energy, heat, sound and light, electricity, magnetism, physical and chemical properties of substances, models of the atom, chemical bonding, and chemical reactions.
Prerequisites: Algebra 1
Textbook: Accelerated Studies in Physics and Chemistry, 2nd ed., (Mays); available from Novare Science and Math.
Physics 2 (Honors)
This is a challenging college preparatory class in Physics designed to prepare students for success in their pursuit of science, engineering or math at the college level. Students should come to the course with some familiarity with the laws of motion, energy, heat, sound and light, electricity, magnetism, physical and chemical properties of substances, models of the atom, chemical bonding, and chemical reactions. Students should also have a solid grounding in math, having completed Algebra 2 and taking pre-calculus/trigonometry concurrently (if not previously).
Prerequisites: Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry (concurrently) and a solid foundation in physical sciences as indicated by completion of Physics 1 (or equivalent) and a rigorous Chemistry class.