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

Physics Fundamentals 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.

Registration and Tuition

Click on any of the courses below to register! You will be prompted to login or create a new account if you have not already done so. Registration options include:

  • Single Term, \$380
  • Year Packet, \$1368 including the summer, fall, winter, and spring terms (in that order)
  • School Year Packet, \$1026 including the fall, winter, and spring terms (in that order)

This course is also available as self-paced, more information can be found by clicking here.

Students enrolled in this bundle have access to 4 Terms of Physics Fundamentals: Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2020-21 and Spring 2021.

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

The ten live class sessions will be on the following dates: 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10.

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

The ten live class sessions will be on the following dates: 2/24, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4.