Physics (offered in 2019-20)

Taught by Becca Beaman

Taught by Becca Beaman


Physics is a language that we can use to talk about the universe and how it works. It describes everything from the motion of the moon to the furnace driving the stars to the flight of a baseball to the workings of your phone.

This is an introductory physics class, focusing on the fundamental concepts of physics beginning with Newton's Laws which form the foundation of our study of one- and two- dimensional and rotational motion as well as momentum, work, energy, and power. The second half of the class will focus on the physics that governs waves, electricity and magnetism, and light. If time permits, we will graze the topics of particle physics, quantum mechanics, and/or nuclear physics. Physics is an exciting, living science and to this end I hope to engender an interest for these foundational concepts that govern how our world works.
In general, a student should be ready for this class if they have successfully completed one full year of Algebra 1. It is a good idea for students to have taken Biology first.

Prerequisites and Admission

All: please complete an entrance Assessment Exam and Parent Questionnaire (both given at bottom of this course page). These help the instructor to prepare for your student in September.

Parent: please follow these steps to supervise this test:

1.  Have a computer available to take the (online) test.  Student should have plenty of scrap paper nearby and a pencil with a good eraser.  A scientific calculator will be needed for some but not all of the questions. *Students must show all their work long-hand so that the instructor can see  and evaluate their thinking process.*

2.  Go through the entire test page by page (printed out, as there is no on-line option).  If not sure of an answer, student can skip it and come back to work on it.  This is not a timed test, however, it is reasonable to complete the test within a two-day period if an interruption is unavoidable.

3.  Once the student has completed the test and is ready to send— we ask that the parent or proctor print out the entire test as a hard copy and send to us. (You may scan and send digitally, or mail via USPS.)

4.  Please drop off to our office, or mail the entire test AS WELL AS ALL of the student’s scratch-work pages, to:
Ms. Becca Beaman
New Hope Courses for Homeschoolers
PO Box 96
Boxford MA 01921