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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

Thursday
Feb 2 - Apr 20
7:30 - 9:00
PM ET
Feb 2 - Apr 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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$380 (~$32/week)
$380 (~$32/week)
ENROLL
Wednesday
Mar 15 - May 31
7:30 - 9:00
PM ET
Mar 15 - May 31
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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$380 (~$32/week)
$380 (~$32/week)
ENROLL
Monday
May 15 - Aug 7
7:30 - 9:00
PM ET
May 15 - Aug 7
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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$380 (~$32/week)
$380 (~$32/week)
ENROLL
Friday
May 26 - Aug 11
7:30 - 9:00
PM ET
May 26 - Aug 11
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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$380 (~$32/week)
$380 (~$32/week)
ENROLL
Sunday
Jun 25 - Sep 17
7:30 - 9:00
PM ET
Jun 25 - Sep 17
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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$380 (~$32/week)
$380 (~$32/week)
ENROLL
Wednesday
Aug 9 - Oct 25
7:30 - 9:00
PM ET
Aug 9 - Oct 25
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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$380 (~$32/week)
$380 (~$32/week)
ENROLL

AoPS Holidays

There are no classes May 27‐29, July 4, September 2‐4, October 31, November 20‐27, and December 21‐January 3, 2024.

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

It was very helpful for the instructors to give advice on how to attack the problems. The problems were a bit challenging which was just fine. Overall, I really liked the class and found it very helpful.

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