Honors Physics is a college preparatory course designed for the academically motivated student. We will discuss the topics of the course in detail beyond the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for Physics. Honors Physics demands a high degree of independence and responsibility on the part of the student due to the nature of the course.
The study of Physics is the most basic of the physical sciences. It is the use of mathematics to describe the behavior of matter and energy in the natural world. Some of the major concepts of the course are:
The motion of matter and the relationships of forces as described in Newton’s Laws
Mass, momentum, impulse and energy of objects
The nature and behavior of wave motion and energy
The nature and behavior of electrical energy
Throughout all these subjects we will become familiar with the scientific method and learning through inquiry. Also, we will learn how science affects everyone throughout their lives and through technology. Please see the course calendar below for an idea of the general pace of the course.EES will use the Orange County School's Moodle Learning System to post all of the course materials and assignments. Students will require their OCS network login ID and password to access the Moodle. The Moodle can be found at http://elearning.orange.k12.nc.us.
The most important aspect of physics as a discipline is that it is not, as a former professor of mine put it, "a spectator sport." In order to succeed in this class it is imperative that you practice, every bit as much as in band or a sport. So homework is a regular expectation, and must be done by the student. A large part of the course is learning how to solve problems methodically and so I have attached guide of how I expect problems to be solved when formally requested to do so. Please take a look at it. It will help.
Physics tutorials from University of Guelph
PHet Simulations Site at the University of Colorado - phet.colorado.edu
Khan Academy - lots of cool video tutorials on many subjects - khanacademy.org