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.

Full implementation of the 2018 Standards of Learning (SOL) begins with the 2022-23 academic year. State testing of the 2018 SOL starts in spring 2023. To access the 2018 Science SOL, please visit the Virginia Department of Education Science Standards of Learning website.


Dr. Julia Renberg