Physics I

Pre-Requisites: Algebra I & II recommended
Credits: 1
Estimated Completion Time: 32 - 36 weeks


In each module of Physics I, students discover the contributions of scientific geniuses like Galileo, Newton, and Einstein. Through their work, students learn the concepts, theories, and laws that govern the interaction of matter, energy, and forces. From tiny atoms to galaxies with millions of stars, the universal laws of physics are explained through real-world examples. Using laboratory activities, simulations, images, and interactive elements, students follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest thinkers.

Major Topics and Concepts

Segment One Concepts

Module 1
  • Plagiarism, Libel, Slander
  • Theory vs. law, science vs. pseudoscience
  • Measurement Techniques
  • Graphical Analysis
  • Experimental Techniques
  • Lab Design

Module 2
  • Speed, Velocity, Acceleration
  • Problem-Solving Methods
  • Vector and Scalar Quantities
  • Equation Manipulation
  • Free Fall and Gravity

Module 3
  • Newton's Laws of Motion
  • The Fundamental Forces
  • Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation
  • Coulomb's Law
  • Mass and Weight
  • Free-body Diagrams
  • Uniform Circular Motion
  • Momentum and Angular Momentum

Segment Two Concepts

Module 4
  • Temperature and Heat
  • Conservation of Thermal Energy
  • Kinetic and Potential Energy
  • Work and Power

Module 5
  • Conductors and Insulators
  • Electrical Fields and Forces
  • Simple, Series, and Parallel Circuits
  • Schematic Diagrams

Module 6
  • Simple Harmonic Motion
  • Wave Behavior and Equation
  • Ray Diagrams
  • Lenses and Mirrors
  • Snell's Law

Module 7
  • Atomic Theory
  • Atoms and Molecules
  • Fundamental Particles
  • Duality of Light
  • Radioactivity
  • Nuclear Fission and Nuclear Fusion
  • Special Relativity and Cosmology

Grading Policy

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers; the minimum requirement is monthly. When teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

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