Understanding the science that keeps the universe in place
Physics is the most fundamental branch of science. The concepts involved are simple, beautiful, and complex, all at the same time. The range of topics that fall under physics is so large that no single course can even pretend to cover it comprehensively. This course has been designed, therefore, to provide insight into a select number of advanced topics instead of briefly covering all of physics. The goal of this course is to prepare you for success in a college-level science course, and much of the course structure and expectations will emulate such a course, while still striving to support the deeper learning that arises from project based curriculum.
Mr. Ruppel's Philosophy
"My belief is that science is an essential part of a well-rounded education. This is not a confirmation bias resulting from my decision to earn degrees in chemistry, but an understanding that the abstract thinking required by a science class is critical part of living and working in an increasingly complex world. I believe that every student has the capability to succeed in a science classroom and as a result I expect excellence from every student. This is not a one way street! As a student or parent, you should expect that I will do everything in my power to give you the tools and opportunities so that you can succeed. Everyone requires a different strategy to be challenged and find success, and communication is the key to seeing this happen"
For the honors work in this course we are tasked with additional assignments from an AP Physics book, in depth readings, and an independent research project for the semester