Students build on basic physical science principles by exploring in-depth the nature and characteristics of energy and its dynamic interaction with matter. Key content covered in the course includes: force and motion, energy transformations, wave phenomena and the electromagnetic spectrum, optics*, electricity, fields, and non-Newtonian physics. This course stresses the practical application of physics in other areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The effects of physics in the natural world is investigated through the study of critical, contemporary global topics. Physics emphasizes a complex understanding of experimentation, the analysis of data, and the use of reasoning and logic to evaluate evidence. The use of mathematics, including algebra and trigonometry, is important, but conceptual understanding of physical systems remains a primary concern.
* Although optics was removed from the most recent Virginia Standards of Learning, optics will remain a topic of study in Henrico County Public Schools.