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Physics

Course Description:                                                                                      In each module of In each module of Physics, students discover the contributions of scientific geniuses like Galileo, Newton, and Einstein. Through their work, students learn the concepts, theories, and laws that govern the interaction of matter, energy, and forces within a Christian worldview. From tiny atoms to galaxies with millions of stars, the universal laws of physics are explained through real-world examples. In addition, biblical teaching is consulted in relation to the universe’s physical properties. Using laboratory activities, simulations, images, and interactive elements, students follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest thinkers as they study their contributions to the principles of Creation.

Recommended Prerequisites:
Algebra 1 and 2 recommended.

Grade Level:
9th-12th Grade recommended

Approved by:

  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA®)
  • University of California (UC)

    Course Types Available:

    • 1 Credit – Full course (12 weeks minimum / 12 months maximum)
    • ½ Credit – 1st semester only (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
    • ½ Credit – 2nd semester only (6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
    • Honors track available

    Biblical Integration Information:
    Creation: God’s true nature is partially revealed through the orderly, discoverable, and purposeful scientific laws He established to govern His Creation. Existing outside of His Creation, God sustains Creation and can intervene in the predictable patterns He established in unpredictable ways. (Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:17; Revelation 4:11; Job 37:5; Romans 1:20) Creation is offered to man and woman as their dominion; they are to explore the vast boundaries of the universe, seek to understand the complex yet predictable nature of the world, apply its non-negotiable laws, use its abundant resources for God’s glory and the good of mankind, and protect it as wise stewards. (Genesis 1:26-28; Matthew 6:26; Psalm 139:7-12) God designed His universe to work in certain ways we have no choice but to follow – and enjoy. God created the universe with the power to work according to His guidelines. God’s world demonstrates His power. God’s world is orderly and predictable allowing us to use it and enjoy it to its fullest extent.

    Fall: Man and woman’s sin and rebellion ostracized them from a perfect relationship with God causing our nature, our character, and our reasoning to be flawed. Our ability to understand all God has revealed through Creation is diminished. (2 Peter 3:5; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Romans 5:12) Man often mistakenly believes that, through science, he can become independent of His creator or explain reality outside of His existence. He also attempts to apply science in ways that do not honor God or promotes His purposes or causes for mankind. (Job 12:7-25; Romans 3:12; Romans 1:25)

    Redemption: The progressive exploration and application of science should be used to encourage and promote life, health, and community. Man should employ wise stewardship of natural resources while promoting the design and purpose of man for God’s glory. (Psalm 139:14; 1 Peter 4:10-11; Philippians 2:3-4) We are limited in the environment God created for us to enjoy as a result of His care and provision for us. All truth is God’s truth; as we passionately crave it, we will be led into a deeper understanding of our Creator and appreciation for His provision and wisdom. We use this knowledge as a tool to live in obedience to the Creation Mandate, the Greatest Commandment, and the Great Commission. (Philippians 1:9; 1 Peter 2:1-3; Philippians 4:8; 1 Timothy 6:20; Matthew 22:36-40; Matthew 28:16-20) We are responsible to find, verify, and embrace truth. Man can seek to glorify God by using scientific reasoning and critical thinking combined with scientific processes and knowledge to understand God’s world, man’s role in it, and how to properly relate with His Creator and fellow man. (1 Thessalonians 5:20-21; Proverbs 14:18; 2 Peter 3:18; Psalm 119:15)

    Authority of Scripture Over Scientific Inquiry: Man’s attempt to understand God’s revelation of Himself through the natural world is limited due man’s fallen nature. Therefore, when science seems contradictory to Scripture, it is best understood as faulty understanding on man’s part. Scripture is the unchanging authority under which all of man’s scientific knowledge will eventually submit as his faulty understanding and interpretation is refined. (Romans 1:21; 2 Timothy 3:16; Colossians 2:8; 2 Corinthians 10:5)

    Required Course Materials:
    Scientific calculator with logarithmic functions and scientific notation capabilities.