Course: Introduction to Physics: The Forces of Nature

V Introduction to Physics: The Forces of Nature • Offering for 2017 • Grade 9 or above • [Summer course] • Science Sequence
* Primary Instructor
Christe McMenomy
* Sections
[Enrolled students will be notified if teacher schedules change between course posting at the time enrollment opens and the scheduled start of classes. Please see Tuition and Fees for refund policy.]
Section 1 Instructor: Christe McMenomy
Classes meet from June 12, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Wednesday 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM ET
Enrollment Policy: Full Summer Term
Tuition: $150.00

* Website
Please review more extensive materials at the teacher's Introduction to Physics: The Forces of Nature website.
* Description
This eight week course will use the lectures Michael Faraday delivered in 1859 as a starting point to discussclassical mechanics, chemical bonding, electricity and magnetism, and gain experience using the scientific method of experimentation and writing lab reports. Faraday is still regarded as one of the greatest experimental scientists of all time, and his lectures are filled with his excitement over the wonders of natural phenomena, as well as very practical instruction on the nature of gravity and the interaction of electrical and magnetic forces, as well as practical demonstrations of experimental observational methods. All students will have the opportunity to perform adaptations of Faraday's experiments to develop proper experimental techniques then submit their lab reports for teacher and peer review, and discuss their experiences in online class sessions. This is an excellent opportunity for junior high and early high school students to prepare for high school level science courses. Advanced students can use this course to jump-start their lab work for the AP Physics 2017-2018 academic year course by covering lab techniques, data manipulation methods, and critical concepts. Those students planning on taking AP Pbysics will be given more challenging assignments and experiment options which can be used to fulfill Scholars Online Physics AP course requirements to help develop an appreciation for the fundamental principles underlying modern chemistry. However, these students should be prepared to commit up to eight hours a week in reading, homework, and lab work.
* Meetings
This course meets once a week for discussion and review of assigned homework.
* Homework
Students will be assigned exercises and lab work based on Faraday's lectures. AP students will be assigned further exercises and labs from the teacher's syllabus.
* Prerequisites
At a minimum, students must be able to handle simple algebraic equations, such as s = 1/2 at2 and should have completed a junior-high level survey of physical science. To tackle optional advanced AP course preparation work, students should have completed or be planning to take Advanced Algebra.
* Recommended background
Mimimum: Algebra I.
* Instructor's Notes
There will be no meeting 28 June 2016.
V Textbooks and Materials
* On the Various Forces of Nature
Michael Faraday
This text is required.
ISBN: 1330698886
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Available in free ePUB format at or at
* Understand Physics: Teach Yourself (Edition: 3)
Jim Breithaupt
This text is required.
ISBN: 0071768688
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore

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