Section: AP Courses, Sciences   |   School: School of Rhetoric

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, and 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.

Physics 1

Physics 1 is an introductory physics course for students in grades 9 through 12. The course integrates history, mathematics, and technical communication skills. Through successful completion of this course, a student will be able to develop a mastery of the basic tools of physics, including fundamental concepts and applications, computational skills, and analytical skills. Concepts addressed in this course include the scientific method; motion; energy; momentum; types of matter and their composition; phase changes; volume and density; heat and temperature; waves, sound and light; DC circuits; fields and magnetism; and geometric optics.

Prerequisites:  Algebra 1 (previously or concurrently)
Textbook:  Please see current book list.

2020-2021 Physics 1 and Physics 1 (Honors) Book & Materials List

Physics 1 (Honors)

This is a rigorous physical science course intended for accelerated 9th grade students who have already completed Algebra I 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 be able to 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 course are ideal for an honors-level freshman science course and include Newton’s laws of motion, energy, heat, waves, electricity, magnetism, physical and chemical properties, models of the atom, chemical bonding, and chemical reactions.

Prerequisites:  Algebra 1
Textbook:  Please see current book list.

2020-2021 Physics 1 and Physics 1 (Honors) Book & Materials List

AP®  Physics

Formerly taught as Physics 2 (Honors), this class will include work designed specifically as preparation for the AP® Physics exam beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. It remains an honors-level college preparatory class in Physics and will 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). The class is currently pending approval by the College Board to bear the AP designation.

Prerequisites:  Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry (previously or concurrently), a solid foundation in physical sciences as indicated by completion of Physics 1 (or equivalent), and a rigorous Chemistry class.

2020-2021 AP® Physics Book & Materials List Coming Soon