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Physics is the study of the interactions of matter and energy.  In other words – since everything is made out of matter and energy – physics is the study of how everything works.  Because physics is about how “everything” works and “everything” is all around us, students will have the opportunity to be curious and investigate physical phenomena while developing scientific inquiry skills.  To come up with conceptual and mathematical models of how things work, students will need to apply the mathematical skills they have developed over the years, take risks, think critically, collaborate, and communicate effectively.
A physics class is an ideal place for students to become comfortable with technology – not just knowing how to use it, but also how the various technological tools work, particularly in their application to scientific inquiry.  To that end, in addition to manual data collection, students will acquire data digitally, process and present data using computer software, as well as program simulations of physical phenomena.

    Physics Courses

All physics classes meet in room 124. 

SL Physics (IB Diploma Level)
  • A two year introductory physics course fulfilling the Group 4 requirement for the IB Diploma Program, open to juniors only.  
  • A single year may be taken to satisfy state requirements.  That single year will have an emphasis on topics tested on the AP Physics 1 exam, in case students choose to challenge that exam.
  • The course culminates with an externally assessed exam (external assessment).
  • Course Syllabus
HL Physics (IB Diploma Level)
  • A two year physics course for students interested in studying physics at a slightly deeper level than SL, and with additional topics.
  • All juniors start off in the same class (labelled SL) covering the same material, regardless of their SL or HL intentions, then get separated for their senior years.
  • Course Syllabus

  A Day
 B Day
 Block 1
 Physics Year 1
 Physics Year 1
 Block 2
 Block 3
Physics HL Year 2
 Physics SL Year 2
 Block 4
 Advisory (Math)
 Block 5
 Conference Conference

Physics Pages for Students of Lamar Academy

Group 4 aims

Through studying biology, chemistry or physics, students should become aware of how scientists work and

communicate with each other. While the scientific method may take on a wide variety of forms, it is the

emphasis on a practical approach through experimental work that characterizes these subjects.

The aims enable students, through the overarching theme of the Nature of science, to:

1.  appreciate scientific study and creativity within a global context through stimulating and challenging


2.  acquire a body of knowledge, methods and techniques that characterize science and technology

3.  apply and use a body of knowledge, methods and techniques that characterize science and technology

4.  develop an ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesize scientific information

5.  develop a critical awareness of the need for, and the value of, effective collaboration and

communication during scientific activities

6.  develop experimental and investigative scientific skills including the use of current technologies

7.  develop and apply 21st-century communication skills in the study of science

8.  become critically aware, as global citizens, of the ethical implications of using science and technology

9.  develop an appreciation of the possibilities and limitations of science and technology

10.   develop an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and their influence on

other areas of knowledge.


The assessment objectives for biology, chemistry and physics reflect those parts of the aims that will be

formally assessed either internally or externally. These assessments will centre upon the nature of science. It

is the intention of these courses that students are able to fullfill the following assessment objectives:

1.  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

a.  facts, concepts and terminology

b.  methodologies and techniques

c.  communicating scientific information.

2.  Apply:

a.  facts, concepts and terminology

b.  methodologies and techniques

c.  methods of communicating scientific information.

3.  Formulate, analyse and evaluate:

a.  hypotheses, research questions and predictions

b.  methodologies and techniques

c.  primary and secondary data

d.  scientific explanations.

4.  Demonstrate the appropriate research, experimental, and personal skills necessary to carry out

insightful and ethical investigations.

 Component Overall Weighting
 Objective Weighting
 Objective Weighting (3)
 Duration (hours)
 Paper 1
 20  10 10 3/4
 Paper 2
 40 20 20 1 1/4
 Paper 3
 2010 10 1
 Internal Assessment
 20   10