Please note: Fall and Spring Semester classes are identical, covering the same areas and the same problems. If you took one of them already or are currently taking it, we do not recommend repeating it in a future semester. If a class repeat is what you really want, please contact us first.The Level 3 course is the continuation of the Level 2 course, going deeper and broader into physics problem solving and taking the students further in physics competitions. The curriculum will cover selected problems from areas of physics needed to succeed at the USAPhO competition: Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Thermodynamics, Fluids, Relativity, Waves, Optics, and Nuclear and Atomic Physics, all at a level well beyond AP physics. Each area will be covered over two weekly units with representative problems of serious difficulty. This course requires some calculus (basic differentiation and integration) and will definitely require students to be self-motivated and work very hard for each class. The TA's for this class are our former students who got medals at the USAPhO. Prerequisites: strong self-motivation, proficiency with basic calculus, our Level 2 class or at least 12 points on an earlier F=ma exam. AP Physics highly recommended.
Main goal: After taking this course, students will be ready to pass the annual F=ma competition and to actively participate at the next level of competition, the USAPhO.
AwesomeMath uses the Zoom and Google Classrooms platform for online courses. Three days before the course starts we will send you a Zoom meeting ID and password along with a Google Classrom enrollment code.
|Who||Students in grades 10th - 12th, occasional 9th grader, highly self-motivated|
|Course Size||Maximum 25 students, minimum of 6|
|New Materials Published and Homework Due||
Fall 2020 Semester:
Saturday (9:00pm CST)
September: 12, 19, 26
October: 3, 17, 24, 31
November: 7, 14, 21
December: 5, 12
No classes: Oct 10, Nov 28, Dec 19
Spring 2021 Semester:
Saturday (9:00pm CST)
January: 9, 16, 23, 30
February: 6, 13, 20, 27
March: 20, 27
April: 10, 17
No classes: Mar 6, Mar 13, Apr 3
To maximize learning, students are strongly encouraged to e-mail their questions to the instructor. Along with homework feedback, that communication is probably the greatest benefit of this class.
|Additional Benefits||This course will go a long way to prepare the kids for the AP Physics tests. Again, our primary goal is to prepare the kids for physics competitions; AP readiness is a side benefit.|
|Expected Prior Knowledge||
Mandatory: Level 2 course at the Academy or at least 12 points on an earlier F=ma test. Very strong math skills are needed at the level of Precalculus and some Calculus.
Not mandatory, but desired: AP Physics 1 and 2.