High School Physics

This book will educate high school students in the concepts of physics and how they apply to everyday life. The eventual goal of this book is to help student to understand difficult concepts by breaking them down into smaller parts and using analogy. The goal is a Physics book that makes sense to anyone who desires to understand it. It should strive to use helpful diagrams and be entertaining. It should utilize the online format to take advantage of videos, animations, simulations and other tools not available in print media to aid understanding.

Table of Contents

How to use this book

  1. Newtons Apple: Using the bounty of the internet to expand upon concepts.


  1. Introduction to physics: Why physics is relevant and useful
  2. Si units and conversions: Things are only relative.
  3. A brief look: What are we going to study under each chapter.

Translational Motion

  1. Vector Kinematics
  2. Force: Why sumo wrestlers tend to break tables and eat lots of food.
  3. Acceleration: The speed of competitive eaters.
  4. Velocity: Speed at its best.
  5. Projectile motion: Why Newton could not possibly catch the apple on his head.
  6. Momentum and Impulse: Energy and airbags.
  7. Gravitation: Why satellites are so predictable and gravity brings all object down at a constant acceleration (without air resistance)
  8. Simple Oscillation: The bouncing of springs.

Rotational Motion

  1. Rotational Motion: How round can you spin?
  2. Energy: Why sumo wrestlers have so much endurance.
  3. Waves: Why things tend to wiggle and wobble.
    1. Optics: Light
    2. Acoustics: Sound


  1. Temperature Scales: Lord Kelvin's battle with heat.
  2. Heat: The true nature of exploding things
  3. Concept Summary: All the concepts and equations in an easy to digest page.


  1. Fluids: Pressure: Can you handle the pressure?

Electric Circuits

  1. Ohms law: Gloves and Toasters
  2. Voltage, Current: 24,000 volt schocker!
  3. Parallel, Series: To share or not to share.


  1. Index of physics equations: All the good stuff in one place.
  2. How to solve physics problems: our good friend the triangle and the doodle.
  3. Physical intuition: How to use real world observations and make reasonable predictions.
  4. Physics experiments: Readings based experiments.

Supplemental Materials for learning

  • Mid semester cheat sheet / equation reference: A printable page which will include physics equations. in very small print!
  • Applied Physics Experiments: Experiments which are made with common household materials. Expands on concepts.
  • Physics: The Cookbook Approach: At this level of understanding, all you need is your essential "equation" ingredients and the right know how of how to do it.
  • The Beauty of Physics: How nature is expressed by such simple equations.
  • Physics and Philosophy: How natural movement of such forces leads to the universal understanding of the cosmos.


  • — Toni Nguyen, San Diego State University
Last modified on 20 January 2012, at 01:21