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Physics

 

Physics is the study of how matter and energy relate to each other, and how they affect each other over time and through space. This course will help students acquire factual knowledge within a conceptual framework, practice experimental design and interpretation, work collaboratively with colleagues, and develop critical thinking skills. Topics that include: laws of motion; changes within physical systems and conservation of energy and momentum; forces; thermodynamics; characteristics and behavior of waves; and atomic, nuclear, and quantum physics. The student will conduct laboratory and field investigations using safe, environmentally appropriate, and ethical practices for at least for 40% of instructional time.
End of Course (EOC) tested.

Grade Placement: 11-12
Prerequisites: One unit of Algebra I, Suggested prerequisite: Geometry

 

PAP Physics

Pre-Advanced Placement (AP) Physics is an advanced course recommended for students with a strong interest in science and strong study skills. This course takes the concepts of physics and expands them to include an in-depth study of two dimensional relative motion, acceleration vs. time graphs, non-uniform circular motion, Farraday and Kepler's Laws, Fluids, torque, and capacitors in order to prepare students for advanced placement and International Baccalaureate physics courses and other upper level science courses. Emphasis is placed on independent lab skills and critical thinking skills. 
End of Course (EOC) tested.

Grade Placement: 11, 12 
Prerequisite: Algebra II or concurrent enrollment

Advanced Placement Physics C Mechanics

This calculus-based honors physics course ordinarily forms the first part of the college foundation courses for students majoring in the physical sciences, mathematics or engineering. The curriculum is outlined by The College Board. The course will provide instruction in each of the following six content areas: kinematics; Newton's laws of motion; work, energy, and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation; and oscillations and gravitation. Students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement test for college placement and/or credit at
completion of the course.

Grade Placement: Grade 12 only
Prerequisite: PreAP Physics,-Calculus or concurrent enrollment

Principles of Technology

This course is an applied physics course. Students will use science equipment and technology at least 50% of instructional time to investigate the laws governing motion, the nature of forces in the physical world, the concept of thermal energy, properties of waves motion and optics, and atomic, nuclear, and quantum phenomena. Emphasis is placed on using scientific methods during investigations, critical thinking, scientific reasoning, and problem solving. This course will satisfy a physics credit requirement for all graduation plans, with the exception of the Distinguished Achievement Plan for those students who entered 9th grade.
End of Course (EOC) tested

Grade Placement: 10-12 
Prerequisite: One year science and Algebra I & Geometry

   

Elkins, Whitney
Teaches: Physics

Room: 252
Email: 
welkins@aisd.net
Phone:687-867-7054
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here
 

Gehman, Christian
Teaches: Physics

Room: 219
Email:
cgehman@aisd.net
Phone:687-867-7040
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 here. 
 

Holley, Kerry
Teaches: PAP Physics, Physics

Room: 250
Email:
kholley@aisd.net
Phone:687-867-7053
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here. 
 

Mangat, Bhupinder
Teaches: AP Physics C, Physics, IB Physics

Room: 213
Email:
bmangat@aisd.net
Phone: 687-867-7056
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here. 
 

Bassey, Catherine
Teaches: Physics

Room: 222
Email:
 cbassey@aisd.net
Phone: 687-867-7088
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here. 

Suttles, Kaitlin
Teaches: Physics

Room: 246
Email:
 ksuttles@aisd.net
Phone: 687-867-7047
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here. 

 

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