Physics / Algebra 2

Do you ever sit and ponder when you will ever apply the Pythagorean Theorem in life? Do you ever lose yourself in a daydream of projecting objects across the classroom? End those dreams and wake up in our Algebra II/Physics combined classroom! Integrating the delight of math with the wonder of science, our students explore topics such as how to build the fastest roller-coasters and design the hippest homes while making friends in the process. We design our classroom based on the idea that students’ opinions and interests matter and working as a group, we the facilitators and our students can learn more and have loads more fun together.

Physics is the study of motion and how energy and matter interact. In this course, students will apply the principles of motion and energy to real-world situations. Topics covered include mechanical equilibrium, motion (linear, projectile, rotational, simple harmonic), work, mechanical energy, heat, electricity, magnetism, waves, sound and light. A variety of methods are used in this course, including hands-on laboratory experiments, literacy tasks, on-line resources, computerized assessments, and community connections. Prerequisite: Algebra 1. This course is taught concurrently with Algebra II.

Algebra 2 is the study of function families and their properties.  In this course, students will model real-world situations using equations, graphs, and data tables as they explore linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, rational, logarithmic and periodic functions.  Students will also review and extend techniques for solving equations to include rational and logarithmic equations. Additional topics include review and extension of solving systems, exploring complex numbers, and understanding the unit circle.  Please note, this class is taught concurrently with physics.