Honors Physics - Kolbe Academy

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).

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.

The physics topics include:

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

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.

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

Assignment due-dates and some grades are established by the parent.  To receive honors credit with Kolbe Academy, students must submit a number of designated assignments to Kolbe Academy for grading, usually exams and select papers.  The parent- and Kolbe-established grades are averaged to produce the final grade for the honors course.

Alternatively, a student may enroll in the Self-Paced Plus© grading assistance program to receive additional grading assistance by a Kolbe Academy faculty or staff member on designated assignments in the course.  In this case, parents may still submit grades for the student to be averaged in with the required Kolbe-graded honors assignments, or they may use the teacher-graded materials only to receive credit.

  • 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 4: Exam 4
Week 13: Exam 2 Week 11: 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




Honors/AP Fee


Subscription Length

1 year

Extension may be granted for an additional fee.

Self-Paced Plus


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.

Course Plan Sample

Honors Physics

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