Physics A & B

Course Length:

Two one-semester courses (students must independently register for each semester)

Course Description:

In this course, physics will be studied by entering ‘Physics World’.  In each “Physics World” module, students discover the contributions of geniuses like Galileo, Newton, and Einstein. In their work, you’ll learn the concepts, theories, and laws that govern the interaction of matter, energy, and forces. From tiny atoms to galaxies with millions of stars, the universal laws of physics are there for students to observe and apply. Using laboratory activities, videos, software, and websites, students follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest thinkers. The study of physics is a valuable part of the general education of any student. Learning to examine the parts of a problem in order to find solutions will be useful throughout a person’s life.


Physics is a mathematics-driven course, and students should have successful foundation of algebra in their past classes.  At minimum, students should have successfully completed Algebra I and be concurrently enrolled in Algebra II.  Algebra skills will be applied to understanding Physics concepts in solving problems as well as applying these concepts to lab development and problem-solving.

Comprehensive Syllabus:

Required Materials:

Students should have a metric ruler, protractor and graph paper.
A list of supplies needed for each module will be included at the beginning of each module under the title “materials.”
Calculator-Students will need a scientific calculator with logarithmic functions and scientific notation capabilities.
UnitedStreaming Access-UnitedStreaming is a digital video and image library resource used throughout the course.
Graphing Analysis Software-Please check with your administrator for your schools’ access information for this resource. This is a free application.

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at

This specific course requires students to have:
The current minimum Flash Player required by your school.
Disk space on your computer as well as an external device to back up files (flash drive, external hard drive, CD–Rom, etc.)

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A semester available
Spring: B semester available
Summer: Not available

Lead Teacher:

Colleen Cooper-Vanosdell, Stevensville High School,


Montana Digital Academy
Phyllis J. Washington College of Education
The University of Montana
32 Campus Drive – Room 315
Missoula, Montana 59812
Phone: 406-203-1812
Fax: 406-203-1815

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