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A Program of the Virginia Department of Education

03151 Physics I

Field of Study

Physics is the study of matter and energy, focusing on their behaviors and interactions.

Material Covered

This course is an algebra-based introductory survey course. Topics include one- and two-dimensional kinematics, forces, energy, momentum, waves and sound, optics, electricity, and modern physics.

Student Expectations

Students will complete a variety of assignments throughout the course. They will participate in discussion boards, interact with simulations, work practice problems, and perform hands-on and virtual lab activities. Student work will be required outside of class time.

Related Requirements

This course follows the Virginia Standards of Learning, but there is not an end-of-course standardized test. Students will be required to take a final exam per Virtual Virginia policy.


  • Successful completion of Algebra II

Course Texts and Materials

  • Students will be expected to complete readings in an online textbook. The book is free and online, and will be provided in the course.
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