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Honors Physics

This course is designed to give an understanding of classical physics. Physics is the science of the natural laws of the physical universe, which, like the natural moral law, flow through creation, having as their origin the goodness of God. "The beauty of creation reflects the infinite beauty of the Creator and ought to inspire the respect and submission of man's intellect and will" (New Catechism of the Catholic Church 342).

Course Description

The AP(R) course of study is designed for students who may have an interest in science, math, or engineering or for students who might prefer a more mathematical approach to physics in their high school course of study. While it is a more rigorous course of study than the Kolbe Core (K) course of study, it does not require the use of Calculus to solve problems. This course is appropriate for students preparing to take the AP Physics 1 exam. Topics include mechanics, mechanical waves, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism. 

Kolbe Academy recommends that Physics be taken by the high school student in 11th or 12th grade after the successful completion of Intro to Physics and Chemistry in 8th or 9th, Biology in 9th or 10th, and Chemistry in 10th or 11th.

Course Expectations

Students taking this course for Kolbe Honors (OH) credit are expected to complete daily assignments, participate in class, and complete periodic exams and quizzes as assigned by their parent.  Kolbe Honors (OH) students will go into more depth and cover more material than the Kolbe Core (OK) students. All requirements are assigned and graded by the parent.

All requirements are assigned and graded by the parent - Enhanced Evaluation Service is available for additional grading assistance.

Course Texts
  • Principles of Physics*, Digital Text only, Kinetic Books
  • Virtual Physics Labs, Kinetic Books



Other required material:


*Digital text available only.

Course Plan Sample

Note that this is the digital version of the homeschool course plan, which is found in the course's associated Parent Group.  This course plan is built into the Schoology course for the student. 


Course Details:

Section Number


Grades (Typical)

 9 - 12 (11th, 12th)

Video Presenter

Dr. Trasancos



Honors/AP Fee


Self-Paced Plus Grading Assistance


Credits (Type)

 10 (Science with Lab)

Transcript Designation



Algebra 2

Self-Paced Companion Courses

Precalculus or Calculus

Online Companion Courses



Also offered at the Kolbe Core (K) level.

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