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.
Who should Take This Course
- Mathcounts Year-round Advanced*
- or Mathcounts Summer Camp*
- or Algebra 1 equivalent
(* Indicates an Alphastar Academy course)
Practice Exams will be given/solved.
There are weekly homework sets.
Lecture notes and problem solutions will be available on the learning management system (LMS).
F=ma Basic is a year-long course with the first half in the fall and the second half in the spring. F=ma Basic is also offered as a 3-week long Summer Camp with 15 instructional days.
As a year-long course:
|Weeks||Fall (Part A)||Winter (Part B)|
|1||Algebra||Work & Energy Part 1
|2||Trigonometry||Work & Energy Part 2
|3||1-D Kinematics||Momentum Part 1
|4||2-D Kinematics||Momentum Part 2
|5||Dynamics Part 1||Exam Week
|6||Dynamics Part 2||Rotations & Torque Part 1
|7||Dynamics Part 3||Rotations & Torque Part 2|
|8||Exam Week||Angular Momentum Part 1|
|9||Circular Motion Part 1||Angular Momentum Part 2|
|10||Circular Motion Part 2||Periodic Motion; Fluids; Error Propagation|
|12||Exam Week||Exam Week|
As a Summer Camp:
|7||Work & Energy|
|8||Momentum & Collisions|
|9||Rotations & Torque|
|11||Periodic Motion; Fluids|
|15||Exam; Award Ceremony|
High School Analog
|AlphaStar Course||High School Analog||Comments|
|F = ma Basic||First-year high school physics course|
|F = ma Advanced||AP Physics 1 without DC Circuits||Though the curriculum is similar, F = ma Advanced problems are more challenging than AP Physics 1 problems.|