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  1. Nov 20, 2005 #1
    Hi every one,

    Happy to be back. I took a long break from PF. Proud to tell you that I have a new baby girl now.

    Being a stay at home mom, I have decided to volunteer in our school system. I have already set up a meeting with the school officials regarding this. Probably I will work with high school kids.

    Can any one point to some sources where I can find Highschool physics curriculum. Since I was educated overseas, (I attended graduate school in USA), I am not very familier with Highschool physics contend. Also, can you please let me know the titles of the most commenly used physics text books in schools.

    Thanks so much.

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    Which country?
  4. Nov 20, 2005 #3
    At my high school (we follow the American system), we took a very-near-AP-level physics curriculum...

    Pretty much take the AP Physics B syllabus (available for viewing at collegeboard.com), get rid of the rotational stuff, limit electrostatics to point charges, narrow fluid mechanics down to the basics (Using no more than P = Po + pgh), focus only on simple thermodynamics and ignore optics and waves, but touch the stuff on Planck's constant and E = nhf very lightly; then you have our high school college-preparatory physics course.

    We used the textbook Physics: Principles and Problems by Paul W. Zitzewitz... (It's pretty light with the math-- most of the stuff is Algebra and Geometry level, with the exception being the stuff on vectors and forces)

    Hope this was of atleast some help to give you a general idea.
  5. Nov 20, 2005 #4
    Physics curriculum

    I am talking about high schools in USA. What are some commonly used books? Any good sites that might be helpful.


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  7. Nov 20, 2005 #6
    Well, see the book used at my highschool for physics is probably common, but I would not suggest it. It is far to elementary and could be used in 6th grade easily.

    I would say not to invest into "conceptual" physics textbooks such as "Conceptual Physics (Hewitt / Addison Wesley)" (what I have at my highschool)

    "Physics (Giancoli / Prentice Hall)" seems to be a far better choice.

    It all depends on what level of physics you want people to learn though I guess.
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