This is a course for students who want to learn physics while understanding how physics got to where it is today. We will learn the history of humankind's ideas about our universe as well as how physicists go about their work today. We will talk about the complex path by which some of these ideas shaped, including the many mistakes made by scientists, all the way to modern ideas on nanotechnology and biophysics—things that would never have been imagined just 200 years ago. We will look at how scientists have often changed their views for scientific and non-scientific (cultural, religious, and political) reasons.
Meanwhile, we will cover the basics of any introductory physics course in high school and college, including Newton's law's, velocity, force, energy, etc., This course will also provide a foundation for work in more advanced science courses by introducing a number of basic skills including interpretation of graphs, problem solving, and will discuss some of the basics of laboratory work.
By the end of this course, you will:
• gain appreciation of where physics has come from
• have insight into the lives of great physicists and how they made their discoveries
• gain a deeper understanding of the physics concepts themselves
• understand that science is an advancing venture rather than a set of proven facts and "correct answers"
Basic algebra required. No physics prerequisite, however a prior course in physics is helpful. Any advanced mathematic or physical concept required will be introduced during the course, but always in a manner that focuses on physical explanations rather than complicated definitions.
Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.