Physics Fundamentals

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 Terms

Math Challenge I-A is offered in four terms:

  • Summer, covering Mechanics
  • Fall, covering Thermodynamics
  • Winter, covering Electricity & Magnetism
  • Spring, covering Modern Physics

For more information about the topics covered each term, please click here.

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.


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Students enrolled in this packet have access to 4 Terms of Physics Fundamentals: Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2018-19, and Spring 2019.

The focus of the summer term of Physics Fundamentals is mechanics.

The ten live class sessions will be on the following dates: 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13.

The focus of the spring term of Physics Fundamentals is modern physics.