PHYSICS (Academic and Honors)
Miss Dabler, Room 116
Physics is not just another name for a math class! This science explores the foundation of the world around us and every interaction we observe – from everyday aspects of our lives to the weird and otherwise inexplicable. The scale of physics ranges wide, from galaxies spinning through the vastness of space to electrons spinning in orbit around the nucleus of an atom.
Our first semester will focus on physics as it most closely impacts your life: Questions of how we describe motion, what forces determine its course, and how is energy transformed and conserved in moving, changing systems? (This part of physics is called “mechanics”, and is the basis for most first-semester introductory physics classes at the college level.)
Our second semester will investigate how movement and properties of particles give rise to many phenomena: Questions of how electric charge is transferred in lightning or in wiring, how do moving charges give rise to magnetism, how do waves transfer energy through matter, and how do light and fundamental forces interact with atomic nuclei?
In answering these basic questions, we will use the scientific method to establish cause and effect, and at the same time, identify and minimize sources of error in our data-taking. A series of labs utilizing equipment as diverse as popcorn and Jell-O, RC cars and foam dart guns will prompt us to look at our work and play with a new scientific understanding.
I aim for at least one lab per week. Most labs are hands-on, but we also utilize simulations for learning. This course is algebra-based. Students are given ample support in completing labs and homework. They are provided study guides for each test, and note cards which they may fill out for use on the test. Students may re-take exams upon request, and upon meeting two key requirements. I am available before and after school for assistance, from about 7:00 a.m. until at least 3:30 p.m. (alternate times available upon request).
Enroll in physics today, and join me in exploring the foundations of our world!