ITER - It also stands for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor - being built in France. It is the largest magnetic confinement plasma physics experiment to demonstrate the feasibility of fusion energy.
Grade 9 - 6 Credits
A general science course where students are introduced to experimental method of scientific study. Lessons increase scientific knowledge base and prepare students to ask questions during laboratory investigations. These activities expand scientific curiosity and develop problem solving and scientific inquiry skills. Content includes: metric measurement, structure of matter, periodic table, classes of compounds, chemical and physical changes in matter, laws of motion, simple machines and their work capacities, gas laws, waves, heat, light, energy, magnetism and electricity. Along with content, the environmental impact, specifically regarding energy, magnetism and electricity are included. Environmental impact topics of energy consumption are explored.
Grades 10-12 6 Credits
Prerequisite: Physical Science, Biology, Algebra 2 or higher math course (concurrent)
FALL: Students explore the experimental laws and fundamental principles involved in the behavior of the physical universe. Lessons and laboratory work provide an understanding of kinematics, dynamics, energy, momentum. Computers are used for select labs and write-ups.
SPRING: Study of physical phenomena with an examination waves, physical and geometrical optics and electromagnetism. Additional study includes study of the atom, elementary quantum mechanics, relativity and nuclear physics.
Grades 10-12 6 Credits
Prerequisite: Physical Science, Biology; Algebra 2 or higher math course (concurrent)
FALL: Students explore experimental laws and fundamental principles involved in the behavior of the physical universe in detail. Lessons and laboratory work will provide an understanding of kinematics, dynamics, energy, momentum, thermodynamics, and kinetic theory. Computers are used for some labs and write-ups.
SPRING: Continuation of the study of physical phenomena with an examination of waves, optics, electromagnetism, relativity, the atom, and nuclear physics.
Grades 11-12 6 Credits
Prerequisite: Physical Science, Honors Physics; Calculus, Calculus Concurrent
AP Physics sequence includes two of the four College Board’s courses: 1. AP Physics C: Mechanics 2. AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism. Students are required to take both semesters to earn credit for AP Physics and are required to take the College Board’s AP exam in Mechanics and Electricity and Magnetism. The AP Physics sequence must be completed in the same school year. AP Physics sequence is calculus-based (including introductory differential and integral calculus) and especially appropriate for students planning to major in physical science or engineering in post-secondary pursuits.
FALL: AP Physics C: Mechanics curriculum. First portion of AP Physics sequence explores kinematics; Newton’s laws of motion; work, energy, and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; circular motion and rotation, oscillations and gravitation.
SPRING: AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism curriculum. This second portion of the THS AP Physics will explore topics such as electrostatics; conductors, capacitors, and dielectrics; electric circuits; magnetic fields; and electromagnetism will be explored.
Grades 11-12 6 Credits
Prerequisite: Physical Science, Physics CPA or Physics Honors; Pre-calculus Must meet the level
change requirements if entering from the CPA level.
In this algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course students explore principles of Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. The course is based on six big ideas, which encompass core scientific principles, theories, and processes cutting across traditional boundaries providing broad thinking about the physical world. The following are the big ideas:
•Objects and systems have properties; mass and charge. Systems may have internal structure.
•Fields existing in space can be used to explain interactions
•Interactions of objects with other objects described by forces
•Interactions between systems resulting in changes in those systems
•Changes that occur as a result of interactions are constrained by conservation laws
•Waves can transfer energy and momentum from one location to another without the permanent transfer of mass and serve as a mathematical model for the description of other phenomena.
Let your curiosity roam through the shapes and spaces around us as we investigate architectural styles, ergonomic designs and learn about how building design standards affect our everyday life. Students will learn sketching and Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) skills and apply them to a number of projects throughout the year. Students will research, design and build models of buildings and living spaces where they are responsible for the efficient, ergonomic and code compliant outcomes. Students will also engage in the design process where they will produce technical drawings and prototypes of their own ideas.
Recommended Prerequisite - Algebra 1
Students start to experience the world around them from the viewpoint of the engineers that have such a direct impact on our everyday life. Students will stretch their minds around some of the massive problems facing the world today and work in teams on projects in order to present creative and bold solutions. Students deeply experience the engineering design process and build skills using tools such as: rapid prototyping, 3D printing, CAD, Design Thinking and many others. This foundational course seeks to instill the skills, methods and understandings in students so that their dreams can meet reality.
Prerequisite: Engineering Design
Students journey deep into the realm of engineering building an understanding stretching from an electrons path through a transistor logic gate all the way through the complex design and programming of robotic systems. Students will work on multiple projects within a team, improving their CAD, programming and engineering design skills. Students face complex challenges and participate in competitions while getting exposure to technologies such as CNC manufacturing, Arduino design, integrated manufacturing and many others.