Physics First

link to AAPT Physics first pageFor years, modelers have been working on modifying the materials designed for the capstone physics course for use in a 9th grade “Physics First” course. Two such sets of materials, one from Shady Side Academy (near Pittsburgh, PA) and from a group of St. Louis teachers are available here

In addition, we have included some of the arguments supporting a Physics-Chemistry-Biology sequence in high school science.

These materials are provided as “works in progress’ by the authors to help you with your own efforts in implementing a Physics First approach.

Preview a sample of Unit 1 materials (Uniform Motion) from the St Louis set of materials. Unit 1-Uniform Motion sample

The full sets of materials are available to members only. If you are a member and see this message, please login to get access. If you would like to join, you can signup here.

Movie files for St. Louis units:

Other resources:

4 Responses to Physics First

  1. Dana Gonzalez says:

    I am a member but do not see how to download Physics First documents.

  2. JoAnn Manor Flejszar says:

    I am unable to download any documents today.

  3. Ryan Clark says:

    I am wondering if someone could explain how this sequence was developed?

  4. Barbara Johnson says:

    I am unable to access any resources other than the preview sample. I am a new member and teach 8th-9th grade physics.

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