AlphaStar Physics Program has year-round courses and winter/summer camps. The program aims to train students toward the F=ma Exam and the USA Physics Olympiad (USAPhO). For more information on these exams please visit American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Website.

# Fall/Spring Courses

AlphaStar Physics Program has four levels in the Fall/Spring courses. Please click on the course name for further details, course curricula and available sections.

## Fall/Spring Courses Comparison Chart

Please click on the course links in the below chart to see further details, course curricula and available sections of the course.

Course Name | Target Grades | Short Description | Who Should Take | Course Length |
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F=ma Basic | 7-9 | The F = ma Basic course introduces the student to physics. The mechanics topics required for the F = ma Exam will be taught from a beginner level. Any math topics needed beyond Algebra 1 will also be taught from the beginner level. | Course Prerequisites:Mathcounts Year-round Advanced* or Mathcounts Summer Camp*or Algebra 1 equivalent(* Indicates an Alphastar Academy course) | 2 semesters |

F=ma Advanced/AP Physics 1 | 8-11 | The F = ma Advanced course introduces the more matured student to physics. All mechanics topics required for the F = ma Exam will be taught from an experienced beginner level. Math topics needed beyond Algebra 2 will be taught, including basic trigonometry.The focus will still be on practice and problem solving. | Course Prerequisites:AMC 10/12 Year-round Basic* or AMC 10/12 Summer Camp*or F=ma Basic*or Algebra 2 equivalentor 1st-year high school physics courseor AP Physics 1 (or AP Physics C Mechanics)(* Indicates an Alphastar Academy course) | 2 semesters |

AP Physics 2 | 9-12 | This year-long course provides an accelerated coverage of all topics required for the AP Physics 2 Exam: thermodynamics, fluids, waves, optics, special relativity, modern atomic physics, electricity, and magnetism. AP Physics 2 is for students who have already studied mechanics and are ready to follow up with additional topics. The course is algebra-based; no calculus is used. | Course Prerequisites:F=ma Advanced* or 1st-year high school physics courseor AP Physics 1or AP Physics C Mechanics(* Indicates an Alphastar Academy course) | 2 semesters |

USAPhO Basic | 9-12 | USAPhO Basic course assumes knowledge of mechanics and teaches in-depth all other required USAPhO Semi-final topics. | Students who can solve around 17/25 questions on the F=ma in the time given Students who have qualified for USAPhO | 2 semesters |

USAPhO Advanced | 9-12 | USAPhO Advanced course reviews all necessary topics required for the USAPhO. Focus will be on practice and drilling. | Students who can solve around 3/6 questions on the USAPhO in the time given Students who are familiar with some of E&M, thermodynamics, waves, and relativity | 2 semesters |

## Remarks

- The F = ma exam tests only mechanics, about the level of Physics C Mechanics. The USAPhO exam tests on mechanics as well as on electricity & magnetism, waves, optics, thermodynamics, special relativity and atomic physics, approximately the level of Physics C E&M and Physics 2 combined.
- Previously, the F = ma Advanced course was a one-semester course, but it is now a year-round course.
- There is no calculus in any of the F = ma courses.
- Beginning Summer 2019, both the F = ma Basic and Advanced courses will be offered as Summer Camps.

# Winter Camps

AlphaStar Winter Physics Camp is a unique opportunity for interested and talented students to be prepared for Physics Olympiad.

It is a day camp focused on F=ma test and consists of accelerated coverage of topics and special problem solving techniques.

Please see AlphaStar Winter Physics Camp page for further details.

# Summer Camps

AlphaStar Summer Physics Camp is a unique opportunity for interested and talented students to be prepared for Physics Olympiad.

It is a day camp focused on F=ma and USAPhO tests and consists of accelerated coverage of topics and special problem solving techniques.

AlphaStar Summer Physics Camp is 3-week long with 15 instructional days during weekdays.

Please see AlphaStar Summer Physics Camp page for further details.