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  • Name:

    Physics (PHYS400)

  • Department:


  • Semesters:

    1.0 (yearlong course)

  • Suggested Prerequisites:

    Algebra 1 (MATH100); Algebra 2 (MATH300) Physics is an applied mathematics course. The Algebra 2 pre-requisite for this course is essential. Trigonometry is highly suggested as a pre/co-requisite.



Physics is a study of the God-ordained laws which govern the physical universe, connecting them with observable phenomena, and covers the general topics of mechanics with kinematic and dynamic motions, gravity, uniform circular motion, work, energy, momentum, simple harmonic motion, waves, optics, electricity, and magnetism. This course will include extensive use of hands-on labs and computer simulations to demonstrate physics concepts. Students will learn to express physics concepts with equations that enable them to solve problems using a basic knowledge of algebra and right angle trigonometry. Three engineering design projects will be created throughout the year. This course has a lab component.

Special Notes:

The Physics course is a math-intensive course and applies math techniques learned in our pre-calculus course.

Students must have already completed Algebra 2 in a school year prior to enrolling in Physics & should be taking Pre-Calculus or Calculus concurrently with Physics.


What is your curiosity quotient? Have you ever wondered where gravity went when you see astronauts floating around inside of space ships? How about that weird feeling of moving backward when you look outside the car as another car comes in to park? What does riding an elevator have to do with losing or gaining weight? Do you like to tinker with machinery? Why do Grandfather clocks have a pendulum? How do glasses work to improve your eyesight? Can light really act like a particle? Have you been shocked at the door handle after walking across a carpet? How are electrical currents generated? Where is the North Pole? If you have ever asked yourself these kinds of questions, this course is the place for you. In two semesters of right angle trigonometry based physics we will cover the description of motion, two and three dimensional vectors, projectiles, Newton’s laws of motion, gravity, energy conservation, momentum, simple harmonic motion, waves, optics, electricity and magnetism. Come explore these topics and more with us.

If there are books and materials for this course, they can be purchased from our Online Bookstore.

Student Feedback

The organization was good, very structural and clear.

A lot of examples were provided by the textbooks which made problem solving later on easier.

The games were really helpful to my learning.

I think, overall, it is a very well-developed course that has proven to be very useful for me as I learn about physics.