Physics I

Physics I content and skills are based on the Virginia Standards of Learning for Science. Physics I emphasizes a more complex understanding of experimentation, the analysis of data, and the use of reasoning ad logic to evaluate evidence. The use of mathematics, including algebra and trigonometry is important, but conceptual understanding of physical systems remains a primary concern. Students build on basic physical science principles by exploring in-depth the nature and characteristics of energy and its dynamic interaction with matter. Key areas covered in the course include force and motion, energy transformations, wave phenomena and the electromagnetic spectrum, electricity, fields, and non-Newtonian physics. Technology, including graphing calculators, computers, and probeware are used when feasible. Students will use equipment safely. Mathematics, computational thinking, and experience in the engineering design process are essential as students advance their scientific thinking.


Physics I Standards of Learning

During the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years, Physics I students will learn content in each key topic and practice the science investigative, reasoning, and logic skills outlined in the 2010 standards. 

During the 2021-2022 school year and subsequent years, Physics I students will learn content in  each key topic and practice the science investigative and engineering design skills outlined in the 2018 standards. There is no end-of-course assessment for Physics I.

The 2010 and 2018 Physics I Standards of Learning are located below.



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