If something moves, it is studied—falling objects, wind and water currents acting on ships and airplanes, and kids on a merry-go-round. What makes something start or stop moving? A force. Forces acting through distance and time lead to a study of energy. A good background in algebra and basic trigonometry is helpful, and students should expect to read at least two books. A project on a topic relating to new technology is often a feature of this course.
Prerequisite: Algebra II and Geometry or the equivalent. While little mathematics is required in this course beyond what is learned in Algebra I and Geometry, students with greater preparation in mathematics find physics problems far easier to approach.