Intro to Physics I & II*

Not sure which physical sciences class will be a best fit? Take the placement questionnaire. Also, read guidelines below.

Developments in physics have become the bases for many modern technologies, including the “smart phone.” This course uses the evolution of several modern technologies and their integration into products and services that permeate our current lives as a meta theme for investigating physics. Learning physics through this approach deepens student understanding of technological developments and connects them to an ongoing story that impacts their daily lives.

In this course, students actively investigate major experimental physics’ themes including:

  • Mechanics
  •  Electricity and Magnetism
  • Optics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Relativity

The course uses an exciting hands-on, lab-based approach to core experimental physics concepts to ensure tangibility and enduring learning. It simultaneously provides students with a rigorous foundation needed for higher-level studies. Calculus and pre-calculus are not pre-requisites. However, if student level permits, the instructor provides exposure to underlying mathematics to present a more balanced view of some physics concepts.

Home school students have regular home extensions (homework) assignments to ensure curricular coverage and learning consolidation. After school and weekend sessions receive assignments that maintain learning continuity between sessions.

Site visit and visiting specialists! The Ti2 team engages area research institutions and industries to help students understand how and why people are investigating the science behind and developing innovative solutions to the topics and issues covered in this course.   

Note: When the course is offered for winter/spring term only, the course is not a compressed or accelerated version of the academic year-long offering. The course covers fewer concepts with the same level of depth as the full-year course, and student interests and understanding influence aspects of what topics/concept get investigated.  

*Physics I & II is a sequenced course offered over two full academic years. Ideally, students enroll in Physics I prior to taking Physics II. If a student seeks to enter part II without having taken part I, please contact us at 617 340-9907 or Thank you.

FAQ: Which physical sciences course is a best fit given by background and interests?

Some Guidelines

Intro to Physics and Chemistry is most appropriate for a student with some familiarity with symbolic math, functions, and basic geometric principles. It can, however, be accessible to students without these concepts through additional math self-study and tutoring.

Physics I is most appreciated by students with a solid introduction to algebra through at least the quadratic equation, and a basic understanding of trigonometry. Because knowledge of calculus can yield a deeper knowledge of physics, Ti2 offers additional resources for learning for those students with some calculus familiarity.

Physics II is most appropriate for students who have taken at least one semester of introductory physics (whether calculus or algebra-based), who have completed algebra beyond the quadratic equation, and who have a solid understanding of trigonometry. Students should be self motivated and prepared to start participating in the process of science - introductory ability to read scientific literature, interact with scientists, propose a project, and complete an initial scientific work with support.

CERN BEAMline Research and International Competition: Elementary Particles and High Energy Physics is most suited to highly self-disciplined, mature students who have an understanding of atomic physics and waves. Algebra and trigonometry preferred. As accelerator physics intersects with chemical and biological sciences, as well as science communication, interdisciplinary explorers are welcome! As this program requires motivation and maturity, prospective students are encouraged to consult with Ti2 staff.