Conceptual Physics will introduce students to fundamental physical laws that govern our universe. These laws will be connected to many everyday applications. The approach encourages students to reason, predict, and draw conclusions based on experimental observations. Skills in laboratory procedures, quantitative manipulations, and graph interpretations are developed, including the use of appropriate technology applications.
Units covered include forces and motion, electricity and magnetism, waves, optics, and modern physics.
Students are expected to keep all lab work and discussion notes in an orderly notebook. Homework is given on a nightly basis in order for the student to be prepared for the following class. Since all concepts are developed through activities and laboratory work, class attendance is vitally important.
Students would be prepared to take the Physics SOL (Virginia does not currently offer this SOL). This course is not intended for students who are planning to pursue the sciences in college. Students who are awarded a credit for Conceptual Physics cannot receive an additional credit if they enroll in Physics.