Honors Physics Course Page

  • Welcome to Honors Physics! This course provides students opportunities to investigate and explore physical phenomena that are a result of interactions between matter and energy. Topics of study include motion, forces, energy, momentum, waves, fluids, heat, electricity, and magnetism. 


    Textbook: Etkina, E., Planinsic, G., and Van Heuvelen, A. College Physics. 2nd ed, Pearson, 2019. 

    Course of Study - Honors Physics



    1 - Introducing Physics

    Physics overview, Unit conversions and analysis, Graphical analysis

    2 - Kinematics: Motion in One Dimension

    Describing motion, Vector and scalar quantities, Displacement, Velocity, Acceleration, Kinematic Equations, Free Fall, Analysis of motion graphs

    3 - Newtonian Mechanics

    Forces, Force diagrams, Newton’s laws of motion, Gravitational force

    4 -Applying Newton’s Laws

    Vector addition of forces, Equilibrium, Dynamics, Friction, 2D Force analysis

    5 - Projectile and Circular Motion

    Projectile motion, Circular motion, Radial acceleration, Universal gravitation, Kepler’s laws

    6 - Impulse and Linear Momentum

    Momentum, Impulse, Conservation of momentum, Impulse-Momentum principle

    7 - Work and Energy

    Work, Kinetic energy, Potential energy, Springs, Internal energy, Work-energy principle, Collisions, Power, Gravitational potential energy

    10 - Vibrational Motion

    Oscillatory motion, Vibrational kinematics, Simple harmonic motion, Pendulum motion, Resonance, Damped oscillations

    11 - Mechanical Waves

    Wave mechanics, Wave energy, Intensity, Interference, Sound, Standing waves, Doppler effect

    13 & 14 - Fluids

    Density, Pressure, Fluid pressure, Buoyant force, Flow rate, Bernoulli’s equation, Drag force

    *The order of topics may change during the course of the year. Topics may be removed or added to the course content.

  • Honors Physics reminders related to homework, important dates, and other announcements can be found on Mr. Peterson's homepage as well as through the Remind app. The class code for Honors Physics is @chhp2122. The Remind app can be downloaded on iOS and Android, however you can also setup email reminders by going to the Remind website


    All course resources and assignments are found on the course Schoology page. If you have questions regarding access, please contact Mr. Peterson.