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Physics

 

Welcome to the MSMS Physics Homepage!

     Students attending MSMS have the opportunity to take and experience more coursework in physics than any other high school in the state of Mississippi.  MSMS offers nine physics courses which include both first and second year curricula.  Physics courses at MSMS are heavily labratory based with lab time comprising 33% of the courses.  These courses serve as preparation for all four of the College Board's AP® Physics examinations administered each May.  Also of interest, the MSMS Physics Club and the MSMS Engineering Club offer opportunities for competitive participation in a variety of state and national academic competitions. 

     All students must successfully complete AP® Physics-1 before graduation.  Students who wish to experience the most rigorous first-year physics program offered at MSMS should enroll in Advanced Problems in 1st Year Physics concurrently with AP® Physics-1. 

     Juniors with sub-scores ACT-Math≥25 and ACT-Reading≥22 are strongly encouraged to enroll in physics during the junior year.  Students who wish to take 2nd year physics courses must complete AP® Physics-1 during the junior year.

     The Concentration in Physics helps colleges identify MSMS graduates with advanced preparation in physics and who might benefit from placement in higher level coursework at the college level.  The Concentration in Physics is designed for students who pursue an advanced plan of study in physics while attending MSMS.  Students who achieve a grade of B or higher on:

  • the most rigorous version of first year required coursework, and
  • three more advanced courses from the approved list

can qualify for the Concentration in Physics.  Specific details are listed below and in the Student Catalog.

     Figure 1 shows options and possible sequences of physics courses while attending MSMS. 

Figure 1:  This flowchart give a good idea of how a student might sequence his or her physics coursework while attending MSMS.

Figure 1:  This flowchart give a good idea of how a student might sequence his or her physics coursework while attending MSMS.

 For more information about each class, click on the class links.  

AP® Physics-1
Advanced Problems in 1st Year Physics
Thermodynamics and Electricity/Magnetism
Modern Physics
AP® Physics C: Mechanics
AP® Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
Astronomy/Astrophysics
Electronics
Special Topics in Physics

Requirements for Graduation:  All students must successfully complete AP® Physics-1 before graduation.

Requirements for Graduation with the Concentration in Physics: The Concentration in Physics is designed for students who pursue an advanced plan of study in physics while attending MSMS. The Concentration in Physics at MSMS helps colleges identify MSMS graduates with advanced preparation in physics and who might benefit from placement in higher level coursework at the college level. Students who shall have completed 3.0 approved physics Carnegie Units in physics with a minimum B-average in each course or higher while attending MSMS shall qualify. The Physics Department and Director for Academic Affairs shall determine which courses meet approval. The Concentration in Physics is awarded to qualified students whose applications are approved by the Director for Academic Affairs. The approved courses for the Concentration in Physics shall include:

  • 1.0 Carnegie Unit AP® Physics-1
  • 0.5 Carnegie Unit Advanced Problems in 1st Year Physics (required)
  • Additional 1.5 CU’s (three semesters) which may include Thermodynamics/E&M (0.5 CU), Modern Physics (0.5 CU), AP®C Mechanics (0.5 CU), AP®C E&M (0.5 CU).

Other course work may not be substituted. Students applying for the recognition and who meet the approved criteria will be awarded a seal on the MSMS Diploma indicating successful completion of the Concentration in Physics, and the final MSMS transcript will reflect graduation with Concentration in Physics.

(Note: If a student wishes to satisfy requirements for the concentration in physics, the Advanced Problems in 1st Year Physics course may be taken concurrently with AP® Physics-1 OR after successful completion of AP® Physics-1.)

Physics Instructors:  William Funderburk and Charles Vaughan

 

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