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.

### Target Competitions

### Target Grades

7-9

### Who should Take This Course

#### Course Prerequisites:

- Mathcounts Year-round Advanced*
- or Mathcounts Summer Camp*
- or Algebra 1 equivalent

(* Indicates an Alphastar Academy course)

### Exam Weeks

Practice Exams will be given/solved.

### Homework

There are weekly homework sets.

### Resources

Lecture notes and problem solutions will be available on the learning management system (LMS).

### Curriculum

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 |

11 | Gravity | Exam Week |

12 | Exam Week | Exam Week |

#### As a Summer Camp:

Day | Lesson |
---|---|

1 | Algebra; Trigonometry |

2 | Kinematics |

3 | Dynamics |

4 | Circular Motion |

5 | Gravity |

6 | Exam |

7 | Work & Energy |

8 | Momentum & Collisions |

9 | Rotations & Torque |

10 | Angular Momentum |

11 | Periodic Motion; Fluids |

12 | Extra Day |

13 | Exam |

14 | Exam |

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. |