Physics: High School
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Course Summary
If you need to learn or review high school physics concepts, check out our informative and convenient Physics: High School course. This selfpaced course is designed to help you study for exams, catch up on information you missed in class or get extra practice solving physics problems.to start this course today
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About this Course
Lessons included in this course combine to form a comprehensive, standalone high school physics curriculum, and can also be used to can help enhance understanding of material covered in physics classes at school. Begin by exploring the basics, like the relationship between force and motion or the atomic properties of electricity and nuclear energy, before mastering more advanced areas of study. By the course's end, you might find yourself examining gravitational forces and investigating particle charge. You could even learn how to solve equations for nuclear reaction rates. The following lessons and quizzes will show you how to:
 Describe scientific laws and theories developed by key figures like Newton and Einstein
 Apply the math skills and formulas needed to solve equations
 Interpret the diagrams and graphs representing electric charge, phase changes, force, and motion
 Identify the contact and noncontact forces affecting linear, rotational, and circular motion
 Explain characteristics of energy transferred by sound, light, and electromagnetic waves
 Recognize the atomic structure and behavior of electrical and nuclear energy
 Carry out experiments using the appropriate lab skills and procedures
This high school physics course is taught by experienced instructors who make the main ideas and mathematical formulas outlined in each video lesson easy to understand. Use them along with the corresponding lesson transcripts and selfassessment quizzes to practice solving sample problems and identifying key terms and concepts.
Course Topics
Course Chapter  Objectives 

Introduction to Physics  Complete a review of math basics, learn SI base and derived units, and find out how to convert between them. Explore the uses of significant figures and scientific notation, as well as linear, direct, quadratic, and inverse relationships. 
Vectors in Physics  Explore types and characteristics of vectors, including velocity and force vectors. Learn how to add and subtract them, perform scalar multiplication, and find the magnitude and direction of a vector in component form. Get tips for finding the vector resolution or cross product of two vectors. 
Kinematics  Examine the differences between scalar and vector quantities. Learn how to find an object's position, read ticker tape and vector diagrams, and calculate or graph free fall. Follow steps for finding the slope and shape of graphs for velocity, time, and position. 
Newton's Laws  Recognize the effect of force and acceleration on motion. Discover the differences between balanced and unbalanced forces and contact and noncontact force categories. Use free body diagrams to illustrate forces' magnitude and direction. 
Work, Energy, & Power  Review characteristics of work and the differences between potential and kinetic energies. Apply the workenergy theorem and observe examples of mechanical energy in nature. Discover formulas for calculating power. 
Linear Momentum  Learn how to solve impulsemomentum change equations and apply the momentum conservation principle. Recognize the differences between elastic and inelastic collisions and discover how to define isolated systems and find the center of gravity. 
Rotational Motion  Figure out what distinguishes rotational motion from translational motion and discover its five kinematic quantities. Delve into such topics as rotational dynamics, torque, rotational inertia, and angular momentum. Learn how to calculate a rotational object's kinetic energy and power and identify conditions for rotational equilibrium. 
Circular Motion and Gravitation  Use the definition of uniform circular motion to explain the acceleration and speed of an object in orbit. Explore Kepler's laws of planetary motion and Newton's law of universal gravitation before finding out how to calculate centripetal force. 
Oscillations  Investigate the kinematics of simple harmonic motion and discover Hooke's law. Explore properties affecting the frequency of oscillation and techniques for expressing a pendulum's period. 
Electrical Forces and Fields  Look into the atomic properties determining electric charge. Learn how to use an electric field diagram and discover variables affecting the attraction or repulsion forces between two charged particles. Find out what makes an object a good conductor or insulator of electricity. 
Potential and Capacitance  Examine the definition of electric potential energy. Look into the relationship between charge and voltage and explore the types of fixed and variable capacitors. Learn Ohm's law as well as the potential of charged spheres and cylinders. 
Direct Current Circuits  Identify variables affecting electric conductivity and resistance. Learn the components of parallel and series circuits and discover how to calculate voltage and resistance in each. Find out how to apply Kirchhoff's rules. 
Magnetism in Physics  Research factors determining the shape and strength of a magnetic field. Investigate their effect on charged particles and examine the practical applications of electromagnetic induction in electric motors and generators. Study Faraday's law, the BiotSavart law, Ampere's law, and Maxwell's equations. 
Waves, Sound, and Light  Review parameters of transverse and longitudinal waves and discover factors affecting the pitch, volume, and speed of sound. Immerse yourself in the properties of electromagnetic waves and learn what causes the reflection, refraction, dispersion, and diffraction of visible light. Explore the Doppler effect and regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. 
Atomic and Nuclear Physics  Introduce yourself to concepts like Planck's constant, atomic spectra, and wave particle duality. Equip yourself with formulas for calculating radioactive decay and learn how to balance nuclear equations. Explore the electron cloud model alongside the work of Einstein and Heisenberg. 
Fluid Mechanics  Discover the characteristics of fluids, as well as techniques for measuring density, buoyancy, and hydrostatic pressure. Apply the continuity equation, Bernoulli's equation, and Torricelli's theorem. 
Thermal Physics & Thermodynamics  Learn to use Fahrenheit and Celsius temperature scales and phase change diagrams. Measure heat transfer and use kinetic molecular theory along with the ideal gas law to determine a gas's temperature, volume, or pressure. Review the laws of thermodynamics and the Carnot cycle. 
Modern Physics  Familiarize yourself with theories of relativity and quantum theory's basic concepts. Learn how to measure the speed of light and solve nuclear reaction problems. 
The Universe  Review the Big Bang theory and the evidence used to support it. Progress through the life cycles of stars and galaxies and learn about the different types of telescopes. Explore fusion's role in maintaining the structure of the sun, as well as theories about the formation of the Earth and moon. Reexamine characteristics of comets, meteors, asteroids, black holes, and the solar system's inner, outer, and dwarf planets. 
The Physics Lab  Access almost three dozen lab procedures that outline tips for measuring everything from speed and motion to acceleration and energy conversion. Follow along as instructors demonstrate each of the course's main concepts. 
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