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Introduction to Physics

We invite students to start their journey into physics with this course, where we'll explore ways of thinking used in physics and other scientific disciplines. For example, we'll solve problems using special tools like thought experiments and estimation. When we conduct experiments, we'll learn what makes a good experiment and how to document our work. When we analyze data, we'll study techniques to look for patterns and consider the data's limitations with uncertainty analysis. Finally, we'll apply algebra to the real world, breathing new life into mathematics you've learned.

12 weeks

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Schedule

Saturday
Feb 10 - Apr 27
1:00 - 2:30
PM ET  
Feb 10 - Apr 27
1:00 - 2:30 PM Eastern
12:00 - 1:30 PM Central
11:00 - 12:30 PM Mountain
10:00 - 11:30 AM Pacific
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$390 (~$33/week)
$390 (~$33/week)
CLOSED
Tuesday
Mar 19 - Jun 4
7:30 - 9:00
PM ET
Mar 19 - Jun 4
7:30 - 9:00 PM Eastern
6:30 - 8:00 PM Central
5:30 - 7:00 PM Mountain
4:30 - 6:00 PM Pacific
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$390 (~$33/week)
$390 (~$33/week)
CLOSED
Sunday
May 12 - Aug 4
7:30 - 9:00
PM ET
May 12 - Aug 4
7:30 - 9:00 PM Eastern
6:30 - 8:00 PM Central
5:30 - 7:00 PM Mountain
4:30 - 6:00 PM Pacific
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$390 (~$33/week)
$390 (~$33/week)
ENROLL
Wednesday
Jun 12 - Aug 28
7:30 - 9:00
PM ET
Jun 12 - Aug 28
7:30 - 9:00 PM Eastern
6:30 - 8:00 PM Central
5:30 - 7:00 PM Mountain
4:30 - 6:00 PM Pacific
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$390 (~$33/week)
$390 (~$33/week)
ENROLL
Friday
Jun 28 - Sep 20
7:30 - 9:00
PM ET
Jun 28 - Sep 20
7:30 - 9:00 PM Eastern
6:30 - 8:00 PM Central
5:30 - 7:00 PM Mountain
4:30 - 6:00 PM Pacific
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$390 (~$33/week)
$390 (~$33/week)
ENROLL
Thursday
Aug 29 - Nov 21
7:30 - 9:00
PM ET
Aug 29 - Nov 21
7:30 - 9:00 PM Eastern
6:30 - 8:00 PM Central
5:30 - 7:00 PM Mountain
4:30 - 6:00 PM Pacific
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$390 (~$33/week)
$390 (~$33/week)
ENROLL

AoPS Holidays

There are no classes May 25 ‐ 27, July 4, August 30 ‐ September 2, November 25 ‐ December 1, and December 21, 2024 ‐ January 3, 2025.

Who Should Take?

This course is for students seeking to enter the world of physics. This course does not assume any physics knowledge and is intended for students looking to get their first exposure to scientific thinking and processes. This course is not intended for students looking for an introduction to Newtonian mechanics. Students should have a basic competency with algebra before taking this course. We recommend having taken Introduction to Algebra A at AoPS or having the equivalent knowledge.

Lessons

Lesson 1 Designing Experiments
Lesson 2 Measurement
Lesson 3 Communication in Physics
Lesson 4 Uncertainty
Lesson 5 Working with Equations
Lesson 6 Building and Using Models
Lesson 7 Problem Solving
Lesson 8 Estimation
Lesson 9 Working with Graphs
Lesson 10 Analyzing Nonlinear Data
Lesson 11 Thought Experiments
Lesson 12 Conservation Laws

I think this class was amazing. I thought probability would only be like, ‘I have 2 red balls and 2 green balls. What is the probability I pick a green ball?’ It is much more complex, deep, and entertaining. I enjoyed this class very much.