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Common high school curricula require courses in biological science and physical science. The biology requirement is most commonly fulfilled with a course in High School Biology or High School Earth and Space Science, while the physical science requirement is usually fulfilled with High School Chemistry or High School Physics.
High School Physics can be taught in two ways: either as a stand-alone course, or as a precursor to AP Physics B. In schools that offer the AP course, the High School Physics curriculum can be more focused, targeted at introducing material that will be expanded upon later. In schools where the AP course is not offered, High School Physics may be the only exposure students have to physics before they enter college or other post-graduation pursuits. Physics courses such as these may encompass a wider range of material in order to build familiarity with as many concepts as possible.
In general, the first concept taught in any high school physics class will be Newtonian mechanics. After a brief introduction to the world of physics including information about standard (SI) units, vectors, and scientific notation, students can expect an in-depth presentation of Newton’s three laws of motion and the various ways in which they may be applied to real-world scenarios. Newtonian mechanics and relationships compose the majority of course content in high school physics courses.
After an introduction to Newton’s laws of motion, students will be taught the kinematics equations. These equations are used to apply Newtonian mechanics to objects in linear motion. This part of the course will heavily focus on concepts of displacement, velocity, acceleration, and force. Students will be tested on horizontal linear motion, vertical motion, free fall motion, projectile motion, and force diagrams.
Following the introduction to mechanics, most courses will teach the concepts of energy, work, and power. Students will become familiar with conservation of energy, kinetic and potential energies, work equations, and the definition of power. Test questions will frequently combine these new concepts with concepts of linear motion, creating multi-step problems that require several calculations to complete and combine familiar material with new concepts.
Work, energy, and power generally conclude the majority of high school physics coursework. From this point, course content becomes somewhat variable. Some common topics of focus are electric circuits, electromagnetism, optics, or quantum theory. Only the final units of the high school physics course will focus on these subjects; the vast majority of content will remain grounded in mechanics.
Courses in physical sciences, such as physics and chemistry, often require some mastery of mathematics in order to manipulate variables and equations. Before taking a course in high school physics, you must be confident in your mathematics ability in algebra. Solving for a missing variable is almost always necessary on high school physics exams.
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high_school_physics-electricity-and-magnetism
Questions: 40
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 38 mins
high_school_physics-electric-circuits
Questions: 33
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Average Time Spent: 4 hrs 0 mins
high_school_physics-capacitors
Questions: 8
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Average Time Spent: 2 mins 53 secs
high_school_physics-calculating-total-capacitance
Questions: 3
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 1 secs
high_school_physics-understanding-capacitance
Questions: 1
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Average Time Spent: 11 secs
high_school_physics-using-capacitor-equations
Questions: 4
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 24 secs
high_school_physics-circuit-calculations-and-concepts
Questions: 13
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Average Time Spent: 22 mins
high_school_physics-calculating-circuit-power
Questions: 1
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Average Time Spent: 26 secs
high_school_physics-understanding-current-in-a-circuit
Questions: 1
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Average Time Spent: 32 secs
high_school_physics-understanding-series-and-parallel
Questions: 3
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 12 secs
high_school_physics-understanding-voltage-in-a-circuit
Questions: 1
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Average Time Spent: 29 secs
high_school_physics-using-ohm-s-law
Questions: 11
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Average Time Spent: 3 mins
high_school_physics-resistors
Questions: 12
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Average Time Spent: 5 mins
high_school_physics-calculating-total-resistance
Questions: 11
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Average Time Spent: 1 d 2 hrs
high_school_physics-understanding-resistance
Questions: 1
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Average Time Spent: 41 secs
high_school_physics-electricity
Questions: 1
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 57 secs
high_school_physics-understanding-electric-fields
Questions: 1
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 46 secs
high_school_physics-magnetism-and-electromagnetism
Questions: 6
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Average Time Spent: 2 mins 42 secs
high_school_physics-understanding-magnetic-fields
Questions: 1
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Average Time Spent: 51 secs
high_school_physics-understanding-the-relationship-with-current
Questions: 1
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Average Time Spent: 47 secs
high_school_physics-understanding-the-right-hand-rules
Questions: 4
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 39 secs
high_school_physics-energy-and-work
Questions: 40
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Average Time Spent: 52 mins
high_school_physics-energy
Questions: 40
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Average Time Spent: 12 mins
high_school_physics-calculating-kinetic-energy
Questions: 12
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Average Time Spent: 8 mins
high_school_physics-calculating-potential-energy
Questions: 17
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Average Time Spent: 6 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-conservation-of-energy
Questions: 5
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Average Time Spent: 3 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-kinetic-and-potential-energies
Questions: 10
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Average Time Spent: 5 mins
high_school_physics-work
Questions: 14
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Average Time Spent: 7 mins
high_school_physics-calculating-work
Questions: 8
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Average Time Spent: 3 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-work
Questions: 6
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 46 secs
high_school_physics-forces
Questions: 40
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Average Time Spent: 28 mins
high_school_physics-introduction-to-forces
Questions: 14
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Average Time Spent: 5 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-force
Questions: 2
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 13 secs
high_school_physics-understanding-the-relationship-between-force-and-acceleration
Questions: 12
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Average Time Spent: 4 mins
high_school_physics-net-force
Questions: 24
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Average Time Spent: 18 mins
high_school_physics-calculating-force
Questions: 15
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Average Time Spent: 7 mins
high_school_physics-interpreting-force-diagrams
Questions: 9
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Average Time Spent: 3 mins
high_school_physics-specific-forces
Questions: 40
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Average Time Spent: 13 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-frictional-force
Questions: 5
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Average Time Spent: 5 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-gravity-and-weight
Questions: 14
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Average Time Spent: 11 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-normal-force
Questions: 3
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Average Time Spent: 2 mins 2 secs
high_school_physics-understanding-universal-gravitation
Questions: 35
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Average Time Spent: 11 mins
high_school_physics-introductory-principles
Questions: 40
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Average Time Spent: 8 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-accuracy-and-precision
Questions: 3
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 33 secs
high_school_physics-understanding-independent-and-dependent-variables
Questions: 2
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 50 secs
high_school_physics-understanding-scalar-and-vector-quantities
Questions: 18
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Average Time Spent: 41 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-si-units
Questions: 17
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Average Time Spent: 59 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-significant-figures
Questions: 7
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Average Time Spent: 2 mins 7 secs
high_school_physics-motion-and-mechanics
Questions: 40
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Average Time Spent: 34 mins
high_school_physics-circular-motion
Questions: 40
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Average Time Spent: 7 hrs 30 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-circular-motion
Questions: 3
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Average Time Spent: 13 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-torque
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Average Time Spent: 2 mins 7 secs
high_school_physics-using-circular-motion-equations
Questions: 40
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Average Time Spent: 15 mins
high_school_physics-gas-laws
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 47 secs
high_school_physics-understanding-isovolumetric-processes
Questions: 2
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Average Time Spent: 48 secs
high_school_physics-harmonic-motion
Questions: 25
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Average Time Spent: 38 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-pendulums
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high_school_physics-understanding-springs
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high_school_physics-using-pendulum-equations
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Average Time Spent: 3 mins
high_school_physics-using-spring-equations
Questions: 19
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Average Time Spent: 53 mins
high_school_physics-linear-motion
Questions: 40
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Average Time Spent: 10 hrs 45 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-distance-velocity-and-acceleration
Questions: 12
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Average Time Spent: 7 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-motion-in-one-dimension
Questions: 6
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Average Time Spent: 4 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-motion-in-two-dimensions
Questions: 23
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Average Time Spent: 10 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-motion-with-constant-acceleration
Questions: 6
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Average Time Spent: 5 mins
high_school_physics-using-motion-equations
Questions: 12
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Average Time Spent: 8 mins
high_school_physics-momentum
Questions: 40
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Average Time Spent: 2 hrs 13 mins
high_school_physics-calculating-momentum
Questions: 34
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Average Time Spent: 13 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-conservation-of-momentum
Questions: 7
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Average Time Spent: 6 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-elastic-and-inelastic-collisions
Questions: 5
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Average Time Spent: 3 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-momentum
Questions: 2
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 23 secs
high_school_physics-newton-s-laws
Questions: 13
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Average Time Spent: 4 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-newton-s-first-law
Questions: 2
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Average Time Spent: 41 secs
high_school_physics-understanding-newton-s-second-law
Questions: 5
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 32 secs
high_school_physics-understanding-newton-s-third-law
Questions: 6
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Average Time Spent: 2 mins 17 secs
high_school_physics-thermodynamics
Questions: 32
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Average Time Spent: 15 mins
high_school_physics-enthalpy-and-entropy
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Average Time Spent: 22 secs
high_school_physics-understanding-enthalpy
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high_school_physics-understanding-entropy
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Average Time Spent: 45 secs
high_school_physics-heat
Questions: 21
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Average Time Spent: 14 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-effects-of-heat-on-volume
Questions: 4
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Average Time Spent: 15 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-heat-and-temperature
Questions: 8
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Average Time Spent: 7 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-heat-and-work
Questions: 2
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high_school_physics-understanding-heat-engines
Questions: 1
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 28 secs
high_school_physics-understanding-the-concept-of-energy-transfer
Questions: 7
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Average Time Spent: 2 mins 11 secs
high_school_physics-laws-of-thermodynamics
Questions: 9
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Average Time Spent: 12 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-the-first-law-of-thermodynamics
Questions: 5
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Average Time Spent: 3 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-the-second-law-of-thermodynamics
Questions: 1
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Average Time Spent: 19 secs
high_school_physics-understanding-the-third-law-of-thermodynamics
Questions: 1
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high_school_physics-understanding-the-zeroth-law-of-thermodynamics
Questions: 2
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Average Time Spent: 48 secs
high_school_physics-waves-sound-and-light
Questions: 40
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Average Time Spent: 31 mins
high_school_physics-light-and-electromagnetic-waves
Questions: 11
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high_school_physics-understanding-photons
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high_school_physics-understanding-refraction
Questions: 7
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high_school_physics-understanding-the-electromagnetic-spectrum
Questions: 4
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Average Time Spent: 3 mins
high_school_physics-sound
Questions: 5
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 29 secs
high_school_physics-understanding-doppler
Questions: 5
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 2 secs
high_school_physics-waves
Questions: 31
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Average Time Spent: 28 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-amplitude-and-period
Questions: 6
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Average Time Spent: 1 hrs 56 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-calculations-with-velocity
Questions: 3
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Average Time Spent: 3 mins
high_school_physics-understanding-the-concept-of-waves
Questions: 3
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Average Time Spent: 1 mins 17 secs
high_school_physics-understanding-wavelength-and-frequency
Questions: 19
Test Difficulty:
Average Time Spent: 12 mins
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