High School Physics & Labs
Teacher: Feisal Khoushab
Ages: 13+
Cost: $780
This is a 16 week class fulfilling Conceptual Physics High School Requirements
Fall Class Fees: $500
Winter Class Fees: $280
Textbook: Conceptual Physics by Paul Hewitt (the newer the version the better!) Please purchase your own textbook prior to class starting.
Most physics course use thick textbooks that has huge amount of math involved! This causes fear in most students’ heart! FEAR NOT! This is a CONCEPTUAL physics course for those who have not taken calculus and love science, or for those who want to learn physics by focusing more on the concepts. Students also learn a bit of history of physics, because physics is NOT something that happens in a vacuum. They will explore many physics concepts without worrying about the heavy mathematics behind them! Love math? That's no problem as well! Physics concepts can include many math details, and those challenges will be available to our math lovers!
Some of the topics that we will study are (see the last two pages for more details):

Motion (speed, velocity, and acceleration )

Forces & Newton's laws (first, second, and the third law, freebody diagram),

Gravity( gravitational force, Newton law of universal gravitation), Laws of planetary motion (Kepler’s laws)

Energy(work, power, potential energy, conservation of energy), Heat, Matter and its properties, Air pressure, gas laws, buoyancy, density,

Sound, Waves, Light, Electricity & magnetism, Nuclear energy

Relativity (Special relativity and speed of light)

Thermodynamics (first and second laws of thermodynamics, Entropy)

Mechanics (rotation, revolution, and centripetal forces)

Nanotechnology, Physics of the future, astronomy / astrophysics (if we have time!)
We also talk about the following physicists:
Aristotle, Galileo, Isaac Newton, Robert Goddard, Johannes Kepler, Archimedes, Nikola Tesla, Edison, Thomas Young, James Prescott Joule, James Watt, John Dalton, Robert Boyle, Blaise Pascal, James Clerk Maxwell, Daniel Bernoulli, Alexander Graham Bell, Christian Doppler, Michael Faraday, Max Planck ….
Many different physics concepts are covered in this curriculum, but in a way that mathphobic (!!) students do not have to worry about the math! This course explains physics using real life examples so everybody can relate to. This is a CONCEPTUAL physics course, after all. Students will study the people behind the discoveries to see how they changed our understanding of the world. It is important for a physics course student to find out how these people discovered laws of our mother nature! Remember, there are lots of things that need to be discovered to fully understand the universe! And physics is here to help with that!
This course has both theory and lab. We will meet once a week (total of 16 weeks) and for 3 hours. Half of our 3hour long session will be theory and another half we will be doing handson activities. The handson activities are based on the theory learned in the class.
Grading and homework: Every week there will be a quiz and we will have a midterm and a final. Besides these, you should expect to get weekly homework. So:
Final grade = Weekly quizzes + Weekly Homeworks + midterm + final
Textbook: Conceptual Physics by Paul Hewitt (the newer the version the better!)
Details of the topics of this course:
Mechanics

Newton's First Law of MotionInertia

Linear Motion

Newton's Second Law of Motion

Newton's Third Law of Motion

Momentum

Energy

Rotational Motion

Gravity

Projectile and Satellite Motion
Properties of Matter

The Atomic Nature of Matter

Solids

Liquids

Gases and Plasmas
Heat

Temperature, Heat, and Expansion

Heat Transfer

Change of Phase

Thermodynamics
Sound

Vibrations and Waves

Sound

Musical Sounds
Electricity and Magnetism

Electrostatics

Electric Current

Magnetism

Electromagnetic Induction
Light

Properties of Light

Color

Reflection and Refraction

Light Waves

Light Emission

Light Quanta
Atomic and Nuclear Physics

The Atom and the Quantum

The Atomic Nucleus and Radioactivity

Nuclear Fission and Fusion
Relativity

Special Theory of Relativity

General Theory of Relativity