• CP Physics Course Description

    Credits:  5

    Prerequisites:  CP Chemistry and CP or Honors Algebra 2

    Grades:  11, 12


    Course Description:  Most systems or processes depend at some level on physical sub­processes that occur within it, whether the system in question is a star, Earth's atmosphere, a river, or a bicycle.  Understanding a process at any scale requires awareness of the interactions occurring—in terms of the forces between objects, the related energy transfers, and their consequences.  In this way, physics underlies natural and human created phenomena.  An overarching goal for learning in physics, therefore, is to help students see that there are mechanisms of cause and effect in all systems and processes that can be understood through a common set of physical principles.  This course also presents connections between forces and energy in Earth’s history.  This comprehensive course provides a basic understanding of natural phenomena.  This objective is accomplished through mathematical analysis and laboratory experimentation.  Students will demonstrate understanding through performance expectations.  Lab experiences complement the core concepts.

    This course has been developed based on the Next Generation Science Standards.  


    Course Expectations

    1. Please make every effort to be on time and present for each and every class.  Physics is a very challenging course and missing one class, especially an 84-minute class, will result in a lot of missed information.  
    2. Be prepared for class both physically and mentally.
    3. Be an active participant in class and review class material regularly.  Reviewing material regularly will help ensure a strong understanding of the material and retaining information in physics is very important because each topic relies on a strong understanding of the previous topics.
    4. Complete assignments on time if you expect to receive credit.  
    5. In the event of absences, please make every effort to complete the missed assignment.  
    6. Be sure to check my website and Google Classroom on a regular basis.
    7. Above all, be respectful to your classmates, the classroom, equipment/supplies, and your instructors.