Hi, I am Joe, your teacher for this course.
Welcome to Physics. This is not an easy course. Though I have done my best to make this a "non-mathematical" course, realize this is a relative term--you will still need to have a very strong algebra background in order to understand parts of this class. You will need to be able to do metric (and other) conversions, graph from collected data, analyze the graphs you make, and use formulas without extensive example. You will not, however, be required to have a prior understanding of trigonometry or calculus (the math courses that are extensively used in college physics). This course will take time, both to build an understanding of the concepts and to do many different experiments. This will require motivation on the part of the student to seek understanding of these concepts. If you cannot commit to this, if you're not excited about learning this science, if you don't have the time to really work with these projects, then this is not the course for you.
You must have completed an Algebra 1 and the first semester of Algebra 2 before beginning Physics. Experience in graphing and using formulas is expected.
This is an introductory course--it will not take the place of any college physics course. (Though it should make any subsequent college physics course easier to master!) This course is not a required course in the high school curriculum.
Many of the labs will require certain materials. You can find a list of those materials here, so that you may have them ready ahead of time.
If at any point you are having difficulty understanding the course material or locating information, please contact me for help. To ask a general question use the form at the bottom of the page. To ask a question about a specific lesson use the form at the bottom of that lesson page. If you need to ask questions about a graph you're working on, scroll to the bottom of the page, ask your question in the text box and hit submit, and then click on the link at the bottom to get a graphing applet, and submit the graph so I can see what you're doing and can answer your questions.
When submitting graphs, be sure to hit the submit button for the graph, and wait for it to say the graph has submitted. (If the graph never says it has submitted, it may be because you have an older version of Java on your computer. Go to java.com to download the latest version.) At the end of the lesson, you will ALSO have to hit the submit button at the end of the lesson for your graphs to be submitted to the teacher.
This course is separated into six units. You must complete all six units in order to complete the course. Lessons must be done in the order posted. Some lessons have multiple parts, or require teacher approval before proceeding to the next lesson