Honors Physics


This class will cover the entire textbook (Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Physics, 2nd Ed.), and supplements the book with one or two in-depth laboratories per chapter.  The laboratories will extend beyond what is taught in the textbook, and will emphasize derivations, data analysis, and graphical techniques.  Topics normally included in an “advanced physics” high school class are included in the laboratories.  All laboratory reports are due with each chapter test.  Material covered will include basic laws of motions in one and two dimensions, scalars and vectors, Newton’s Laws and gravitation, rotational motion, momentum and energy concepts, optics, electric and magnetic fields, basic electromagnetic theory, and electrical circuits.  The class is taught as if the students are planning to attend college majoring in physics or engineering but would be beneficial to anyone expecting to take a physics class in college.  The class includes a mid-term exam and a final exam.

Instructor: Erika Hess  HessHARC@gmail.com


The student must have completed Algebra and Geometry and should have substantial background in physical science and Chemistry. Most students are currently taking Pre-Calculus when they take this class.  Trigonometry would be a benefit, but is taught and is used throughout the class.  


Exploring Creation with Physics (2nd Edition)