Mathematical problems are rigorous and challenging, but only require concurrent Algebra I. This text is not an upper-level vector/trig physics course; for an advanced, vector-based text, see our book Physics: Modeling Nature.
This is a full physics course that counts a full science credit. In fact, if our mastery-learning paradigm is followed, students will know physics better at the end of the course than with any other method.
So why have physics in 9th grade? For a thorough explanation of the great advantages to “physics first, please read our September 2013 Newsletter. This article also lays out our two-track (grade-level and honors/accelerated) plan for high school science and math.
As with all NSM texts, Introductory Physics is written from the perspective of the historic Christian faith. Each chapter exercise and calculation problem is carefully designed to effect real science learning and assimilation. Materials on the Resource CD support the mastery-oriented pedagogy in which key concepts are reviewed and rehearsed throughout the year while new material is added chapter by chapter.
The history of science is placed front and center, not in a sidebar when it can be ignored. Mathematical skills are integrated. There is even some epistemology concerning the nature of scientific knowledge—something you wont find elsewhere. And technical communication, both written and verbal, is emphasized.
See our textbook philosophy for more details about our unique approach to textbook design.
Student instructions for five complete laboratory experiments are included in the appendix. Teachers instructions are included in the supplemental book, Experiments for Introductory Physics and ASPC.