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Honors Physics

This course is designed to give an understanding of classical physics. Physics is the science of the natural laws of the physical universe, which, like the natural moral law, flow through creation, having as their origin the goodness of God. "The beauty of creation reflects the infinite beauty of the Creator and ought to inspire the respect and submission of man's intellect and will" (New Catechism of the Catholic Church 342).

Course Description

The AP(R) course of study is designed for students who may have an interest in science, math, or engineering or for students who might prefer a more mathematical approach to physics in their high school course of study. While it is a more rigorous course of study than the Kolbe Core (K) course of study, it does not require the use of Calculus to solve problems. This course is appropriate for students preparing to take the AP Physics 1 exam. Topics include mechanics, mechanical waves, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism. 

Kolbe Academy recommends that Physics be taken by the high school student in 11th or 12th grade after the successful completion of Intro to Physics and Chemistry in 8th or 9th, Biology in 9th or 10th, and Chemistry in 10th or 11th.

Course Expectations

Students taking this course for Kolbe Honors (H) credit are expected to complete daily assignments, periodic exams and quizzes as assigned by their parent.  Kolbe Honors (H) students will go into more depth and cover more material than the Kolbe Core (K) students.

Assignment due-dates and some grades are established by the parent.  To receive honors credit with Kolbe Academy, students must submit a number of designated assignments to Kolbe Academy for grading, usually exams and select papers.  The parent- and Kolbe-established grades are averaged to produce the final grade for the honors course. Alternatively, a student may enroll in the Self-Paced Plus© grading assistance program to receive additional grading assistance by a Kolbe Academy faculty or staff member on designated assignments in the course.  In this case, parents may still submit grades for the student to be averaged in with the required Kolbe-graded honors assignments, or they may use the teacher-graded materials only to receive credit.

Course Texts
  • Principles of Physics*, Digital Text only, Kinetic Books
  • Virtual Physics Labs, Kinetic Books

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Other required material:

 

*Digital text available only.

Course Plan Sample

Note that this is the digital version of the homeschool course plan, which is found in the course's associated Parent Group.  This course plan is built into the Schoology course for the student. 

Physics11thGradeSample.pdf

Course Details:

Section Number

SCS-11PHYSH-BETA

Grades (Typical)

 9 - 12 (11th, 12th)

Video Presenter

Dr. Trasancos

Tuition

$499

Honors/AP Fee

$69

Self-Paced Plus Grading Assistance
(Optional)

$200

Credits (Type)

 10 (Science with Lab)

Transcript Designation

H

Pre-requisites

Chemistry
Algebra 2

Self-Paced Companion Courses

Precalculus or Calculus

Online Companion Courses

Precalculus

Notes

Also offered at the Kolbe Core (K) level.

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