The Physics I course concentrates on mechanics. The fundamental principles covered in this course are essential to completely understanding all other physics topics. The course covers the following topics:

Vector Resolution
Rotary Motion
Speed, Velocity, Acceleration
Simple Harmonic Motion
Newton's Laws of Motion
Work, Power, and Efficiency
Gravitation and Kepler's Laws
Energy
Resolution of Forces
Momentum
Friction
Elasticity of Solids
Torques
Fluid Dynamics
Projectile Motion
Heat Energy
Circular Motion
Thermodynamics
Students who enroll in this course must be motivated. The problem solving you will be required to do will require critical thinking skills. Students who do not already have good problem solving skills can succeed in this course if they are willing to work hard at developing the necessary problem solving skills. Students should be prepared for the rigors of an upper-level science course, such as homework and test taking without notes. Students who enroll in this course should have good algebra skills and be familiar with the basic trigonometry functions (sin, cos, and tan) and the quadratic equation. Students should be recommended by their present mathematics or science teacher.

Students registering for Physics I as an honors course (S207) will be required to judge an elementary or middle school science fair.

The material presented for instruction in this course is also derived from other high school and college texts. Texts include:
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Physics for Scientists and Engineers (Serway)
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Modern Physics (school issued text)
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College Physics (Sears, Zemansky, and Young)
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College Physics (Stanley)
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Fundamentals of Physics (Halliday, Resnick, and Walker)
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Physics (Halliday, Resnick, and Krane)
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Physics (Hecht)
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Physics (Wolfson and Pasachoff)
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Conceptual Physics (Hewitt)
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College Physics (Davis)
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Physics (Giancoli)
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Contemporary College Physics (Jones and Childers)
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University Physics (Young and Freedman)
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Physics (Cutnell and Johnson)
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Physics: A Contemporary Perspective (Knight)
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Physics (Serway and Faughn)
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How Things Work (Bloomfield)
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Basic Technical Physics (Tippens)
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Physics for Career Education (Ewen, Nelson, and Schurter)

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