This class was tough.
Course Overview:
This is honestly the hardest class I've ever taken. I would consider myself pretty smart, mostly A student, and this class was really a struggle for me. After earning an A in Honors Chemistry, I was persuaded to take this class because I like science and I had heard that there wasn't much homework. Though that was true, it was very challenging because not many notes were given and you basically work with a group all year. I had not been told that using the book to help you with the AP Test would help with the class. I assume if I had used the book more often throughout the class i would have understood more, but I still wish there would have been more thorough notes.
Course highlights:
There are many different topics covered in this class, some relating to each other and some not. Topics include waves, displacement, acceleration, momentum, velocity, torque, energy, oscillations, electricity, and circuits.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
This is not an easy class. I recommend it to students interested in engineering. If you do decide to take this class, use The Princeton Review's book "Cracking the AP Physics 1 Exam 2017 Edition" It is very helpful and I wish I would have known it helps with the class and not just the AP test.
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
It is the most interesting course I have taken by far! If you are ready to work you will have a blast. The course work is not easy but once you understand it, you will feel like a genius.
Course highlights:
I learned how to swallow my pride and ask for help. Mr. E is very approachable and teaches you how to work with a group. Everything is completed in groups and everyone looks out for each other. Not only was the style of teaching great but the course itself was just downright fun! You get to have fun with hover chairs, electricity, and much more! Minimal amount of homework but good study habits will be your best friend.
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
Find a good study buddy. Bouncing ideas off of someone makes it all better. Just because you have no homework does not mean you shouldn't study what you did in class that day.
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
I enjoyed this course but is t is definitely one of the more difficult courses. Physics is the study of matter and energy. It includes the study of mechanics, heat, light, sound, electricity, and magnetism, as well as the structure of atoms. Physics can be applied in a wide range of applications from predicting climate change to designing computer games. Physics is one of the base courses in many of the science and mathematical career choices especially engineering fields.
Course highlights:
Physics is definitely a mathematical science. It is not about memorization but about applying formulas and computing equations. In this science you can write a mathematical formula for the acceleration due to gravity and apply it in a experiment using a vacuum sealed cavity. This science conjoins math and science together and correlates the principal between the two fields. In physics the student will learn about the scientific method and how to formulate a hypothesis. There are a lot of beginning problems on acceleration of objects on a angle and at a certain velocity that you will need to solve.
Hours per week:
12+ hours
Advice for students:
This course is for the math and science course enthusiasts. This would not be a course for the future English or history majors. This course requires a lot of time, speculation , and analytical thinking. Study groups are great if you become stuck on a problem. Study and know all of the theories. Physics requires strong mathematical skills. The best way to conquer a difficult problem is to simplify it as much as possible and make a diagram of the problem.