Physics B

What are the fundamental laws of the physical universe?

Why Take This Course?

Physics B will surprise you as you discover how physics affects many aspects of your life!

Physics B will surprise you as you discover how physics affects many aspects of your life!

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. Every time we plug in an electronic device or enjoy the colors of the sunset, we are taking advantage of the more modern aspects of physics. Come join us as we explore the physics of waves, light, electricity and energy, and discover how these concepts change our lives.


Course Framework

Unit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4
How are work and energy related?What are the properties of waves?How can I predict the behavior of charged particles?What has changed with modern physics?
What are the differences between potential and kinetic energy?How do waves carry energy?What creates static electricity?Is light a wave or a particle?
Can machines reduce the amount of work required for a task?How do waves respond to change?How do I describe the motion of charges?How big is my universe?
Is energy conserved?How do waves behave in real-life applications?How can electricity be used to do work?How do subatomic particles behave differently than large objects?
Why do objects float?How are electricity and magnetism related?

Texts and Materials Students Must Purchase

Find required versions of texts, including ISBNs, and list of required materials on the High School Booklist

Stephen HawkingA Brief History of Time


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

*Science students spend at least one hour a day learning science and completing science assignments, plus two hours a week in live class sessions