A bobbing spring or swinging pendulum begins a study of waves, which leads to a study of sound, including the basics of music and musical instruments. Practical uses of light reflection and refraction leads to a study of mirrors and lenses. Finally, we study DC electric circuits, which usually involves some kind of group project. As in the mechanics course, students should expect to read at least two books.
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.