"The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited. " -Plutarch
Physics I emphasizes a complex understanding of experimentation, the analysis of data, and the use of reasoning and logic to evaluate evidence. The use of mathematics, including algebra, inferential statistics, and trigonometry, is important, but conceptual understanding of physical systems remains a primary concern. Students build on basic physical science principles by exploring in depth the nature and characteristics of energy and its dynamic interaction with matter. Key areas covered include force and motion, kinetic molecular theory, energy transformation, wave phenomena and the electromagnetic spectrum, light, electricity, fields and non- Newtonian physics. The course stresses the practical application of physics in other areas of science and technology and how physics affects our world. For instructional grouping purposes, schools may offer Physics I and Physics I Honors.