I’ve decided to teach physics again this fall. For high school physics I’m going to use Louis Bloomfield’s How Thing Work: The Physics of Everyday Life, the 5th edition. This book is algebra based, no calculus. I used an earlier version of this book many years ago for a college course for non-science majors and I thought it was a nice change from the usual textbook. Its been updated with more pictures and color. The labs we’l do in class will be very similar, if not the same, as the last time I taught highschool physics. I am looking to buy a few sensors from Vernier that work directly with iPads. They have a thermometer that will send data directly to their app on your iPad which would have been nice to have last year for chemistry. They also have a force & acceleration sensor which we could make good use of in physics class. They’re supposed to be out in a few weeks and the prices look reasonable, with some as low as $50.
The last time I taught physics (two years ago) we used Light and Matter by Benjamin Crowell and I just saw he has a Conceptual Physics textbook on his website so will recommend that to my students as another text to look at. Crowell has both of these available on his website as pdfs that you can download for free.
I’l also be teaching a physics class for younger kids (11-13 years old) using Science Fusion Module I (Motion, Forces & Energy) and Module J (Sound & Light). You can buy these books from Amazon for $15 or less or buy them as part of a homeschool package on the Homeschool Buyers’ Co-op for roughly $37 each and you’l get the book and online access to digital resources, including an inactive book, labs, etc. I used these books back in 2013 so I already have all the materials downloaded which will make my life easier. These books are soft covered books and the students are meant to write in them as they go through them. Not quite a workbook, but enough to hopefully keep kids engaged and the online access is worth it if you’re kid prefers learning on a computer or might have trouble reading it themselves.
These classes will start near the end of August and I will post about the labs and activities we do after each class.