Physics - Kolbe Academy


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).

This course is conceptual in nature and is recommended to students who may not be interested in pursuing science in college, but who would like to include physics in their high school course of study.  Although the course is conceptual in nature, it does include physics equations and some problem working.  The chapters, sections, and problems assigned in this course of study mimic exactly the previous Kinetic Books Conceptual Physics text that Kolbe has carried in previous years.

The physics topics include:

  • Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Mechanical waves
  • Electricity & magnetism
  • Light & optics

Students taking this course for Kolbe Core (K) credit are expected to complete daily assignments, periodic exams, and quizzes.  Kolbe Honors (H) students will go into more depth and cover more material than the Kolbe Core (K) students.

Assignment due-dates and grades are established by the parent.  Optionally, a student may be enrolled in the Self-Paced Plus© grading assistance program to receive grading assistance from a Kolbe Academy faculty or staff member on designated assignments in the course.  In this case, parents will still submit final grades to Kolbe for the course, but may choose to incorporate the graded assignments into the student’s overall grade or use the Kolbe-graded assignments to assist in arriving at the student’s final grade.

  • Principles of Physics, Kinetic Books – Digital text is highly recommended for the most beneficial learning experience.  (Printed text is available for purchase, but it is not recommended to purchase only the printed text.)
  • Labster Virtual Physics Lab
  • Principles of Physics, Digital Answer Key – Provided in the course’s Parent Group.

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Optional Materials

Digital copies are provided in the Parent Group of the Self-Paced course.  Physical copies are available for purchase in the Kolbe Bookstore.

  • Physics Course Plan & Tests, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Lab Report Writing Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing

Self-Paced Plus courses include the following:

  • Grading by a highly qualified teacher for selected assignments (listed below) in the course.
  • Access to teacher through the course’s discussion board.
  • Option to report grade given by the teacher, or to report a grade assigned by parent.
  • The pacing is still established by the parent in conjunction with the student’s goals and academic calendar.
  • Assignments will be graded within 1-2 weeks of the submission date, excluding holiday breaks.  (For the quickest grading, students should turn assignments in incrementally throughout the year.  If a student turns in multiple assignments to be graded at once, expect a response time of 1-2 weeks per assignment submitted.)

Self-Paced Plus Assignment List:

Semester 1 Semester 2
Week 6: Exam 1 Week 5: Exam 4
Week 13: Exam 2 Week 13: Exam 5
Week 18: Exam 3 Week 18: Exam 6
Three Lab Reports chosen by parent Three Lab Reports chosen by parent


Course Details:

Section Number


Grades (Typical)

 9 – 12 (11th, 12th)


Mr. Lenda

Lecture Format




Subscription Length

1 year

Extension may be granted for an additional fee.

Self-Paced Plus


Credits (Type)

 10 (Science with LabSave)

Transcript Designation



Algebra 2

Self-Paced Companion Course


Online Companion Course



Also offered at the Kolbe Honors (H) level.

Course Plan Sample


Note: This course plan is built into the
Self-Paced course in a student-friendly format.