## Physics A

### Why Take This Course?

The universe, in a very real and fundamental way, is understandable. The universe obeys a set of simple and approachable laws. As human beings, we are affected by these laws every day. From the daily tasks of simple life to the far-reaching decisions made in the halls of power, an understanding of physics can empower you to make the world a better place. In this High School science course we explore these laws, not only from the perspective of a scientist, but from the perspective of a leader.

### Course Framework

Unit 1 | Unit 2 | Unit 3 | Unit 4 | Unit 5 |
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How do I use math to understand objects in motion? | How do I understand motion in two directions? | What are real life applications of physics? | What are Newton's laws? | What entities are always conserved? |

What mathematical knowledge is essential for doing physics calculations? | How do I use vectors to describe the motion of an object in two dimensions? | What does physics tell me about the threat of terrorism? | Why is a large force required to create a large acceleration? Why do objects "resist" acceleration? | Why do the planets orbit the sun? |

How do triangles and triangle math help solve physics problems? | How is circular motion different than linear motion? | What does physics tell me about energy and nuclear weapons? | What does "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction" really mean? | How does physics fit in with other areas of science? |

What are vectors and how are they used to describe the motion of an object? | What types of velocity and acceleration problems can I solve using vectors and triangle math? | What does physics have to do with terrorism? | Can energy be created? | |

How do I measure position, distance, velocity, and speed? | How can physics help me understand some of the challenges facing today's society, such as energy shortages and nuclear weaponry? | |||

How do I measure changes in velocity (acceleration)? |

### Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase

Author | Title |
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Richard A. Muller | Physics for Future Presidents |

Richard Feynman | Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teachers |

### Details

**Recommended Grade:**11th (Junior), 12th (Senior)**Prerequisites:**High School Math 1A, High School Math 1B, High School Math 2A, High School Math 2B - We recommend Pre-Calculus A as a corequisite - that students take Pre-Calculus A at the same time as Physics A.**Versions & Estimated Weekly Hours:**7***Format:**Live / Self-paced**Credits:**0.5