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Introductory Physics
Grades 9–12
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About the Course

Our course teaches what is generally covered in a first-year and second-year physics course and can be a major component of Advanced Placement (AP) preparation.

This Introductory Physics course covers topics including measurement and mathematical background; kinematics and dynamics; work, energy, and momentum; rotational dynamics; mechanics of solids and fluids; and wave motion and sound. It also covers: thermodynamics, electric fields and potential, circuits, magnetism, electromagnetic induction, and AC circuits. And finally, students learn: geometrical optics, wave nature of light, special and general relativity, quantum mechanics, elementary particle physics, and astrophysics.

What Makes Introductory Physics Different?
Newton's Laws
Understanding Newton's Laws is essential in the study of physics. Students learn the theory behind these laws, as well as useful tools such as free-body diagrams to solve problems involving them. Launch Video
Static Electricity
Students begin their study of static electricity by safely experimenting with household objects. This should engage the student in the lectures that follow. Launch Video
The animated illustrations in the lessons are useful in helping a student learn a complex physics concept. This demo shows how a student learns about simultaneity via inertial reference frames in motion. Launch Video
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Tutor Support Included

Tutor Supported Features - $445.00 (quarterly)*
  • Dedicated tutors for one-to-one learning
  • Tutoring via video chat, phone, or email
  • Digital Classroom sessions
  • Academic coaching
  • Parent-Tutor conferences
  • Completion certificate
  • Detailed progress reporting
  • Technical support
  • 3-month course enrollment
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Additional Details

Introductory Physics is delivered via CD-ROM, typically delivered within 5 -7 business days. Access to online resources and your Stanford trained tutor begin immediately upon enrollment.

Recommended Usage: 60-90 minutes per week. On average, students complete this course within 5 months.

Skills Covered: At the end of each section, students complete exams. Many problems involve longer proofs and derivations and must be graded by hand. Students are expected to retake exams if they score less than 85%. At the end of the course, students take a final exam. Students are required to score over 80% on this exam or retake it. The course grade is primarily based on the final exam grade. Download the Introductory Physics Course Outline.

Prerequisites: Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry or equivalent

Recommended Textbook: Physics, by Giancoli. 6th ed. Prentice Hall. ISBN#: 0130606200

This course requires a computer with a CD-ROM drive and the Windows operating system. It will only function on Mac OS using a virtualized Windows Operating System using a product like Parallels Desktop or VM Ware.

System Requirements: All CD-ROM based course software require a Windows operating system. Mac OS X users can run Windows using Boot Camp or virtualization software like Parallels Desktop. The recommended Windows system has:

  • Windows 8 or 10
  • Intel processor (or AMD equivalent) with at least 4 GB RAM
  • 10GB of free hard drive space
  • CD/DVD drive
  • Speakers and/or headphones jack
  • Internet connection

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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if this course is right for my child?

Initial placement decisions for most courses are determined using input from a student and their parents. If you need assistance in choosing a course, please use our Course Advisor wizard. You can also chat or email us here.

What is the recommended time a student should spend on each course?

To help students achieve their maximum potential, we recommend that they work in each course at least 20-30 minutes daily, a minimum of 3 days a week. For more information on schedules that our G& students have used to accelerate their learning for each course, click here.

What happens if my student finishes the course early?

If the student finishes the course with time remaining in his/her quarter, he/she can continue to the next course in sequence with the remaining time for no additional cost. To complete a course transfer, contact a member of our Customer Experience Team.

Introductory Physics Grades: 9–12

$445 quarterly
(3 months)