Last updated 8/25/14  




Harvard-Westlake Physics is a traditional introductory course focusing on fundmantal concepts in Newtonian mechanics, Electricity, Sound and Light.


Our textbook is Principles of Physics, a digital textbook published by Kinetic Books. Students purchase access to the kinetic books online homework site and submit their answers to homework via the world wide web. For textbook tech support or to order a download of the textbook, go to the Kinetic Books website.

In addition to textbook problems, students write approximately 25 lab reports throughout the year, and also are given "guided simulation" assignments, which relate to simulations that can be accessed free at the PhET website, provided by the University of Colorado at Boulder. Some of these are really fun!

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