Course Description

This is an introductory Physics course that explains the concepts in Physics, including Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Thermodynamics, Modern Physics, etc. It builds the foundation for students to advance to the problem solving for the Physics Olympiad, Physics Bowl, SAT II and AP Physics. There are four 10-week sessions planned for one school year. Recommended to enroll in this course prior or concurrent with the Physics Challenge II course.

This course follows the textbook Physics with Applications, by Giancoli (6th edition). This textbook is used for all the Physics Fundamentals courses and it is recommended, but not required, for the course.

Course Meetings

This course meets Mondays 4:30-6:00 PM Pacific (7:30-9:00 PM Eastern). For the specific dates of the course please see the full course schedule by clicking here. This course can also be taken as a self-paced course by clicking here.

Students enrolled in this packet have access to 4 Terms of Physics Fundamentals: Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2017-18, and Spring 2018.

Students enrolled in this packet have access to 3 Terms of Physics Fundamentals: Fall 2017, Winter 2017-18, and Spring 2018.

The focus of the summer term of Physics Fundamentals is mechanics.
The focus of the fall term of Physics Fundamentals is thermodynamics.
The focus of the winter term of Physics Fundamentals is electricity and magnetism.
The focus of the spring term of Physics Fundamentals is modern physics.