Level: Form IV (10th–12th grades)

Subject(s): Science/Nature Study

### Description:

This advanced high school physics course combines up-to-date science with a Christian

worldview and an educational approach that aims for wonder, integration, and mastery. Meeting

Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, this course will include both lab and lecture/discussion

components. This course requires daily dedication. Students should anticipate an hour per day of

study to fully master the material, and regular homework assignments need to be completed

promptly. A permanent weekly Zoom tutor session will be available for students to participate in

as needed. Topics covered include: vector methods, uniform motion, forces, fields, Newton’s

Laws of Motion, equilibrium, energy, momentum, rotating systems, pressure, buoyancy, gases,

kinetic theory, heat, thermodynamics, simple harmonic motion, waves, sound, electrostatics,

electric circuits, magnetism, geometric optics, and nuclear physics.

From the textbook publisher’s website:

Physics: Modeling Nature addresses the complaints teachers typically have with many of the

current physics offerings. It is especially suited to STEM programs with a college-preparatory

mission. Students who aspire to a technical career will find this to be the best text available, with

fresh, elucidating illustrations and a narrative that explains concepts with attention to detail.

Physics: Modeling Nature employs vector calculations and assumes students have completed

trigonometry as a prerequisite. Problems in the text are not calculus-based, but since many

students will take calculus concurrently with advanced physics, connections between the two are

frequently highlighted.

Physics: Modeling Nature is written with Novare priorities—supporting a

mastery-learning paradigm, integrating related subjects, and a Kingdom perspective that inspires

wonder in the beauty and complexity of God’s great world.

Prerequisite: Must have completed Algebra II with Trigonometry or higher. Must enroll in Physics Lab as well. Enrollment requires teacher approval or placement exam

### Materials:

Families purchase the following required supplies:

*Physics: Modeling Nature*2nd edition textbook, by John D. Mays (ISBN:

9780986352942)*The Student Lab Report Handbook*(2nd edition), (if not previously purchased for

chemistry) by John D. Mays (ISBN: 9780988322875) (one per family)—Note that this

resource is used for all BHSC highschool-level science classes and can be reused each

year and/or shared among siblings.- Recommended:
*Solutions Manual to Accompany Physics: Modeling Nature* - 3-ring binder with tab dividers and lined paper
- Scientific or graphing calculator* (one per student)
- Graphing paper, loose leaf or in a notebook like this one: Quadrille-ruled spiral notebook
- Optional: 3″x5″ index cards (or other flashcards/notes/study tools)

*Graphing calculators are also required for all BHSC high school math classes. Recommended

calculators can be found on the College Board site here. BHSC math instructor, Mrs. Panam,

prefers TI-89 and up (with CAS).