In this course students will gain an understanding of major concepts in physics by utilizing demonstration, laboratory, and other learning activities and experiences. Students will master concepts in Newtonian Mechanics such as motion, forces, and conservation of energy and momentum, as well as thermodynamics, waves, and electricity and magnetism. Students will be required to think critically, demonstrate their ability to discuss and write about scientific concepts, and apply these concepts to real life situations. Students learn and apply their learning in the lab, using sensors, probeware, and computer programs to collect and analyze data. In the honors course, students are expected to follow the scientific method more rigorously, have more independence in the lab, and write full lab reports. They also will read higher level scientific papers.
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