In many ways, Introductory Physics is like the hub of a curriculum wheel if it used in 9th-grade: middle school is behind and high school lies ahead. Physics logically belongs at the start of the high school science sequence because it includes so many foundational skills and concepts that chemistry and biology studies can build upon later. (For a full explanation of our recommended science sequence, please click this link.)
We understand, however, that many will need to place physics in the 10th or 11th grade, and so this book is adaptable for that purpose. Two chapters have been included with more challenging content for those contexts. 9th graders should skip over these two chapters (ch. 8 and 13, as explained in the preface). This book does not use trigonometry; for our advanced physics text, please see our other book Physics: Modeling Nature.
All Novare textbooks uphold the Mastery-Learning paradigm, designed to break the CRAM-PASS-FORGET Cycle and promote long-term retention of course content. This paradigm appears in several essential methods, but the centerpiece is a weekly quiz assessment in which quizzes are fully cumulative (there are no chapter exams at this level).
With cumulative quizzes determining a sizeable portion of the grade, students must develop a new approach to their personal management of this class that includes regular review—we recommend about one-third of their time devoted to reviewing old quizzes and homework, and two-thirds for new material.
Students are provided with a sample study regimen in the Weekly Review Guides with advice on how best to study each week (found on the Resource CD available to accompany this text). Chapter exercises are only calculations or full-sentence answers; never multiple choice or matching.
As with all NSM texts, Introductory Physics is written from the perspective of the historic Christian faith. Read about how we bring this about on our Textbook Philosophy page—it’s different from other Christian publishers.
And history: we place a lot of content dealing with the history of science in the body of the text, not in a sidebar where it can be ignored. Knowledge of this history of science is essential to understanding how science works. There is even a little philosophy exploring the nature of scientific knowledge—something you won’t find elsewhere. Technical communication, both written and verbal, is emphasized.
If that wasn’t enough, we take pride in producing physical books of top quality. Beautiful, relevant color graphics appear throughout as well as prose that is accurate, lucid and concise.
Our beautiful hardbacks are sturdy and enduring. We use library quality, “smyth-sewn” binding so pages never fall out and the spine never cracks. And we prefer a page layout approach that is aesthetically sensitive, pleasing, and engaging.
Finally, the assigned experiments for this book focus on giving the student a genuine experience of a lab scientist, emphasizing proper procedures, safety consideration, materials disposal, lab journaling, lab report writing, precision vs. accuracy, handling apparatus, and accounting for unexpected results.
Student instructions for five laboratory experiments are included in the appendix. Teacher’s instructions are included in the supplemental book, Experiments for Introductory Physics and ASPC.
[Changes from the 2nd edition. In this 3rd edition, we have corrected all known errors and minor word-choice edits have been made throughout. A small amount of new content has been added amounting to two pages. This has increased the page count by two, thus after Chapter 7, the pagination between the two editions is off by two. This edition can be used in a setting alongside 2nd edition books with a modest accommodation. Experiments have not changed.]