## Course Descriptions:

**Regents Physics:**

Prerequisite: Algebra 1 and Geometry

Physics is the study of the rules of nature. Real world situations will be stressed and discussed in terms of the fundamental rules of physics. The application and understanding of these rules will be explored through creative problem solving and mathematical processes. Topics that will be investigated include: motion, forces, energy, wave phenomenon, electricity, magnetism and modern physics. Regents Physics requires students to successfully complete 1200 laboratory minutes in order to take the Regents exam at the conclusion of the course, the Regents exam will also serve as the final exam for this course.

**AP Physics 1:**

Prerequisite: Algebra 1 and Geometry

Corequisite: Algebra 2/Trigonometry

AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college level physics course. Students will participate in inquiry based labs and projects to explore the following topics: Newtonian mechanics; rotational motion, work, energy and power; mechanical waves and sound; and simple circuits. As a standalone course AP Physics 1 requires no prior course work in physics and will conclude with students taking the AP Physics 1 Exam to receive college credit.

**AP Physics 2:**

Prerequisites: Algebra 2/Trigonometry, AP Physics 1 or Regents Physics

Corequisite: Precalculus

AP Physics 2 is an algebra-based, introductory college level physics course. Students will participate in inquiry based labs and projects to explore the following topics: fluid statics and dynamics; thermodynamics with kinetic theory; PV diagrams and probability; electrostatics; electrical circuits with capacitors; magnetic fields; electromagnetism; physical and geometric optics. AP Physics 2 will conclude with students taking the AP Physics 2 Exam to receive college credit.

**General Physics:**

Prerequisite: None

General Physics is an exploration of the laws and rules of the natural world. The curriculum will cover topics ranging from but not limited to sports science, current tech, science fact or fiction, sound science, and astrophysics. These topics will be introduced on a conceptual basis with little to no emphasis on the mathematics. This course will focus on project based explorations of these topics to gain a deeper understanding of the natural world.