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Physics is the study of the interactions of matter and energy - how everything works at the most basic level.  Biology can't be used to accurately predict where you'll be tomorrow, but physics can be used to quite accurately predict where a rocket's payload will be at any time when launched into space.  With simple enough systems (a ball on a slope,  electric current through a wire, etc.) we'll be able to explore and perform scientific investigations, building skills in inquiry, design, analysis, and evaluation.  To come up with conceptual models of how things work, students will need to collaborate and discuss, forcing them to think critically, take risks, 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/automatically, process and present data using computer software, as well as program simulations of physical phenomena.

The goal of the course is for students to gain a solid foundation in scientific knowledge, methods, and skills in order to

  • give them additional tools to solve problems in their personal and academic lives
  • inform their decisions as global citizens
  • know more about our universe
  • understand how  science works
  • be prepared for college-level science courses

    Physics Courses

Middle Years Program (MYP) (Sophomores only) - Mr. Salinas, Lone Star

A single-year physics course fulfilling requirements of the TEKS and following the MYP method of instruction.  A physics credit may be required to achieve a distinguished level of achievement for the state diploma, and as one of the most challenging courses offered shows prospective universities a students' willingness to push their academic limits.  For students following an accelerated math and science pathway, having already completed Biology, Chemistry, Algebra, and Geometry.

IB Diploma Program (DP) (Junior entrance only) - Mr. Braden, Rm 124

These two-year courses can satisfy IB diploma group 4 (science) requirements, and are assessed through both an investigation report (Internal Assessment) and exam (External Assessment) during their second year.  SL and HL start with a common first year and diverge for the second.

  • Standard Level (SL) Physics
  • Higher Level (HL) Physics - For students interested in studying physics at a slightly deeper level than SL, and with additional topics.  

Introductory Physics (Juniors and Seniors only) - Mr. Braden, Rm 124

A single-year physics option is available which will not satisfy any DP requirements but will give students a physics credit based on the TEKS.  A physics credit may be required to achieve a distinguished level of achievement for the state diploma, and as one of the most challenging courses offered shows prospective universities a students' willingness to push their academic limits.  Students will be in a mixed class with first year SL/HL IB diploma students and follow the same requirements and assessments, but only for one year.


Scheduling

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

opportunities

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
(1,2)
 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