Prerequisite: Algebra I
Physics I allows students to synthesize the fundamental concepts and principles concerning matter and energy. Their scientific knowledge is modeled from observation of natural phenomena and experimentation as they design and conduct investigations. Based on their data, the students analyze, evaluate and communicate the results of their investigations. In this way, they develop models of the physical world around them and apply these models to solve new problems while being aware of the limitations of the models. The core topics addressed in this course include models of energy, mechanical waves, sound, light, electricity, motion, forces, and momentum. Energy is considered as a unifying thread that weaves throughout each of these topics as well as all the sciences.