Physics: Waves--Sound Light and Color

Physics: Waves 248A 2 Credits
Physics: Waves/Honors 248B 2 Credits

Open to students in grades: 11, 12

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra I or IMP 1

Additional Prerequisite for the Honors option: Successful completion of IMP 3, or Geometry and Algebra II; or approval of Department Head.

This one-trimester course provides a hands-on introduction to the physics of sound, light and color for students with a wide range of interests. The course will offer a conceptual framework for both the science of these natural phenomena, and for their applications in music, art and technology. All students will be expected to apply basic algebraic skills, such as solving one-variable equations, to practical problem-solving.

Honors Option: The Honors option is a suitable introduction to these topics for more technically-oriented students considering careers in science and engineering.

Students electing the Honors option should be comfortable using algebra, geometry and simple trigonometry to solve multi-step problems.Ê Homework and laboratory assignments will require supplemental independent reading and sophisticated computational skills.Ê Quizzes and tests will include rigorous mathematical analyses of the concepts covered. 

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