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Chat times for 2024-2025
11:00pm-12:30pm ET/8:00am-9:30am PT

Dr. Christe Ann McMenomy

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Scholars Online Physics

Scholars Online Physics

Course Overview

Scholars Online offers a an intensive introduction to physics covering the following topics:

We will approach this mass of material through our texts, through discussion, through guided Web Tours, and through lab experiences. As we learn about the concepts and methods of modern physics, we will try to put them into perspective by addressing these questions:

Required Text for the academic 2024-2025 academic year:

Textbook: Physics: Principles with Applications 7/E
(Textbook only; website access is not required)

Authors: Douglas Giancoli

Publisher: Pearson

Order textbooks from:

Scholars Online Bookstore

Browser Recommendation: I strongly that you use FireFox to attend class and use the Moodle, and avoid Chrome and Microsoft Edge, since Google and Microsoft chose not to implement the MathML standard in their browsers. We depend heavily on this math formatting tool in chat. Additionally, the Moodle is optimized for FireFox; some features are available in FireFox and not in other browsers.

Meetings: This course meets twice a week in live ninety-minute chat sessions using the Scholars Online HTML-based chat application (no audio) for a review of the material and open discussion of homework assignments or topics posing difficulties. Some time will be devoted to basic lab work. Students post individually-assigned problems to the course conference center to gain practice in explaining solutions.

Credit: Students completing the course will receive high school physics credit. Students completing additional lab work will receive honors credit. AP credit is no longer offered as of the 2020-2021 academic year (see the FAQs page for an explanation).

Standard Exam Preparation: The SAT Physics subject exam was discontinued in 2021. Students completing all preparation, exam, and lab work should be prepared to take the AP Physics 1 and/or 2 exam. Those interested in the AP exam should read the Physics Exam Preparation page, and contact the instructor if they have questions.

Prerequisites: The Scholars Online Physics Course is designed to be an independent course for students who have completed a rigorous junior high school physicsal or earth science course, or Scholars Online Natural Science I and II. Students should have taken advanced algebra and have an understanding of basic trigonometry.

Labs and Lab Equipment: Labs are not optional. Students must complete twelve labs for the course. Students must have parental permission to perform labs in order to receive credit. The lab permission form and a list of required equipment and materials is available from the Lab Requirements page.

Need more information? Further details on this course are available at this site on course procedures and other frequently-asked questions.

Enrollment Notes:

Enrollment for the 2024-2025 academic year opens March 1, 2024. Please see the Scholars Online website to review tuition, fees, schedule, and textbooks for the upcoming course year.

To attend pre-session orientation to the Scholars Online Chat and Moodle platforms, be sure to enroll by August 20, 2024.