Physics investigates and models the interactions of energy, matter and light. This introduction to Physics includes the study of motion, force, gravitation, momentum, and mechanical energy in the first semester. In the second semester the class focuses on thermal behavior, electricity, waves and light.

In physics, we seek to develop and apply simple conceptual models to describe a variety of physical systems, with the aid of mathematical, graphical and verbal descriptions. In each unit of the course, our inquiry will be centered around laboratory investigations using available online simulations. Students will be guided through the process of experimental design, data collection, empirical analysis, model construction and the collaborative process used by scientists.

Successful students will thoughtfully engage each learning experience to broaden and deepen understanding and skills frequently used by physicists and engineers.