Physics B

Why This Class

Your student is naturally intrigued by finding out how things work, and you want to nurture their curiosity. This course helps by introducing them to the mechanics of electricity—and the countless devices that rely on it to power daily life in the 21st century—and expanding their ability to see the world like a physicist.

Mentors in this course guide students on an exploration of energy, work, light, electromagnetic frequencies, sound waves, and electricity. Students also examine the mind-boggling concepts of spacetime, the expanding universe, the uncertainty principle, and elementary particles and forces in nature. Students solve real-life problems as they explore each topic. In the process, they discover the inner workings of simple motors and awaken more than ever to the possibilities of technology.

Students emerge from this course knowing where electricity comes from and how it powers simple machines. They see the relevance of theoretical physics in their daily lives and are excited to keep exploring the principles that make the world work.

Overarching Questions

What are the fundamental laws of the physical universe?

How are work and energy related?

What are the properties of waves?

How can I predict the behavior of charged particles?

Is light a wave or a particle?

Reading List

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

This course requires additional supplies. Please see the book list in SIS for details.

Course Details

Recommended Grade: 11th (Junior)  – 12th (Senior)

Prerequisites: Physics A

Estimated Weekly Hours: 5-7

Format: Live, self-paced

Credits: 0.5

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Please note that program and course descriptions, as well as reading and materials lists, are subject to change as we continuously improve our curriculum throughout the year. Book and materials lists for the upcoming school year are published in SIS mid to late June. Some courses require subscriptions e.g., Adobe software or online magazines that may not be covered by partner schools.