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Estimated Completion Time

2 segments / 36 weeks


n each module of Physics 1, 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.


Note: content varies depending on the course version. For currently enrolled students, please refer to the syllabus located in the course information area for curriculum specifics.

Course Requirements

Required Materials:

  • Scientific Calculator: You will need a scientific calculator with logarithmic functions and scientific notation capabilities.
  • Thermometer
  • Graph paper: Many lessons in physics will require you to create graphs by hand for the activities.
  • Graphing Analysis Software:
    • Graphical Analysis 4
      • Graphical Analysis 4 was released before the Windows Vista operating system became available.
      • Students with a Windows Vista (or later) operating system will need the following tech tip to get the material to work:
    • Graphical Analysis contains a driver for LabPro that is incompatible with the Vista OS.
    • During installation of Graphical Analysis, there will be error messages during driver installation. Click through the messages, accepting the errors.
    • Next, the installer will attempt to install Quicktime 6. Quicktime 6 is also incompatible with Vista. Decline the offer to install Quicktime. if your computer does not have Quicktime installed, visit to install a Vista-compatible version.
    • At this point, you will have an installation of Graphical Analysis that will function normally.

Major Topics and Concepts


Segment 1

  • Plagiarism, Libel, Slander
  • Theory vs. law, science vs. pseudoscience
  • Measurement Techniques
  • Graphical Analysis
  • Experimental Techniques
  • Lab Design
  • Speed, Velocity, Acceleration
  • Problem-Solving Methods
  • Vector and Scalar Quantities
  • Equation Manipulation
  • Freefall and Gravity
  • 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 2

  • Temperature and Heat
  • Conservation of Thermal Energy
  • Kinetic and Potential Energy
  • Work and Power
  • Conductors and Insulators
  • Electrical Fields and Forces
  • Simple, Series, and Parallel Circuits
  • Schematic Diagrams
  • Simple Harmonic Motion
  • Wave Behavior and Equation
  • Ray Diagrams
  • Lenses and Mirrors
  • Snell’s Law
  • Atomic Theory
  • Atoms and Molecules
  • Fundamental Particles
  • Duality of Light
  • Radioactivity
  • Nuclear Fission and Nuclear Fusion
  • Special Relativity and Cosmology



Credits 1

Competency Group Overview

Meets physical science graduation requirement


  • Data Collection
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of measurement by explaining graphing techniques and explaining systems of measurement.
  • Kinematics
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of kinematics by explaining speed and velocity, analyzing motion graphs, and describing the effects of gravity on free-fall motion.
  • Motion
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of motion by explaining Newton’s laws of motion, explaining principles of force, and explaining principles of momentum.
  • Energy
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of energy by explaining the relationship between temperature and energy, explaining the factors affecting potential and kinetic energy, and explaining the relationship between work and energy.
  • Electricity
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of electricity by explaining electrical conduction and insulation, explaining the role of electrons in magnetic fields, and explaining resistance.
  • Waves
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of waves by describing waves and their properties, comparing electromagnetic and mechanical waves, and explaining light refraction
  • Particles
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of particles by explaining the postulates of atomic theory, comparing nuclear fission and nuclear fusion, and explaining the postulates of special relativity.


Algebra I; Algebra II recommended


Course: To complete the honors version of this offering, you must discuss this with your instructor during your welcome call.

Project/Experience: Honors is awarded by earning "Exceeds" on all rubric assessments.

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