Conceptual Physics

  • Conceptual Physics introduces the essential concepts of physical science without the rigors of advanced mathematics. However, since students use simple algebraic equations to verify concepts already learned, students should have successfully completed or be enrolled in Algebra. The purpose of this course is to give students a view of physical reality by introducing them to the central ideas, principles, concepts, and relationships of physics and then relating them to the everyday environment. Students learn through discussion of basic concepts, observation, and laboratory work, predicting the outcomes of model demonstrations, and applying learned concepts to everyday experiences. Topics covered in this course include: motion, force, energy, gravity, electromagnetism, sound and light. The emphasis of this course is on understanding concepts.