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Physics emphasizes a more complex understanding of experimentation, the analysis of data, and the use of reasoning and logic to evaluate evidence. The use of mathematics, including algebra, inferential statistics, and trigonometry is important, but conceptual understanding of physical systems remains a primary concern. Students build on basic physical science principles. Key areas covered include force and motion, kinetic molecular theory, energy transformations, wave phenomena and the electromagnetic spectrum, light, electriTahoma, magnetic fields, and non-Newtonian physics. Technology, including graphing calculators and computers, will be employed where feasible. The course stresses the practical application of physics in other areas of science and technology.
The Advanced Placement Physics B course is designed for the student who wishes to take an intensive two period, laboratory-centered college course. Knowledge of algebra and basic trigonometry is required for the course. Five general areas are studied: Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics and thermal physics, electriTahoma and magnetism, waves and optics, and atomic and nuclear physics. Physics knowledge, problem-solving with qualitative and quantitative reasoning and by experimental reasoning are key components to the AP Physics B course. Extensive laboratory time is required.