In high school, students study science disciplines geared to provide them a well-rounded background, an understanding of how things interact in nature and the purpose and function of things in their environment. Before taking physics, students must fulfill prerequisite courses such as biology and physical science or chemistry to help facilitate their understanding of this intriguing science.
Students must be prepared to succeed in physics. They must be disciplined and have a strong work ethic to study on their own and complete assignments. Because physics and mathematics are connected, students must have a strong background in algebra 1 and algebra 2, and a sound understanding of problem-solving to do well in physics. They must understand quadratic equations, complex numbers, polynomial functions, radical exponents and equating, polynomial proficiency functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, rational expressions and equations.
The science of energy, space and time, physics explains how the physical properties of matter interact with each other. It explains the behavior of mass, kinetic and electrical energy and the movement of objects through space and time. Offered to students in grades 11 and 12, the physics curriculum provides opportunities for students to participate in laboratory work and study topics such as electricity, sound waves, thermodynamics, kinematics, fundamental physics concepts, scientific methodology and basic mathematical analysis.
Offered to students in grades 10 to 12, biology is the study of life and living organisms. Students participate in laboratory experiments and cover topics such as biochemistry, cellular biology, genetics, evolution, ecology and anatomy.
Everyday appliances such as fans, air conditioners, refrigerators, televisions and computers are developed from the application of physical science, which is a part of natural science and sciences that study non-living things. Physical science uses key ideas and theories to model and explain how a specific aspect of nature interacts. Topics in physical science include basic laws of the universe, such as the earth's origin and composition, and the composition and activities of the heavenly bodies.
Chemistry, offered in grades 10 to 12, is a component of physical science that deals with substance. This course focuses on the properties of materials, and uses the principles of physics, earth science, biology, astronomy and material science to explain why things occur. Students taking chemistry experience first-hand the changes that materials undergo during laboratory experiments.
Martha Richardson began her journalism career as a newspaper reporter in 1992. She has written articles for the Printmaking Council of New Jersey and featured community organizations on "Access New Jersey." Richardson has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism. She graduated from Rutgers University in 1994.