Physics B

Enrollment Message:

Graphing calculators are helpful, but do not need to be purchased. Scientific calculators with trig functions are very helpful and are freely available online. Students may need to acquire several common household items for completion of some lab activities.

This is the second semester in a two-semester course sequence. This course covers the second semester of high school physics. Lessons require use of the skills mastered in the first semester of this two-semester course. Topics of study include waves, heat, electricity and magnetism. The study of light will concentrate on reflection, refraction, and lenses, while electricity will contain the subtopics of static electricity (Coulomb's Law), current flow using Ohm's Law and series and parallel circuit design, and capacitors. A working knowledge of algebra and geometry will aid the student at being successful in physics! Prerequisites:  One semester of Physics A and Algebra 2

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to...

  • explain how electric fields impact our daily existence
  • describe how the induction process affect our homes
  • explain why Ohm's Law is instrumental in the process of designing circuits
  • compare how electrical devices would change if only AC or DC was available
  • provide examples of how magnetism affects our daily lives
  • describe how the Earth's magnetic field is instrumental in navigation
  • determine the factors affecting the frequency of a pendulum and explain how it relates to simple harmonic motion
  • distinguish between mechanical and electromagnetic waves
  • explain difference between transverse and longitudinal waves
  • identify differences between pulses and continuous waves
  • measure frequency, wavelength, period, and amplitude of waves
  • explain how waves transfer energy through different mediums
  • relate frequency to pitch
  • provide examples of the doppler effect
  • describe sound barriers and sonic booms
  • describe the relationship between intensity, decibel level, and loudness
  • define and provide examples of resonance
  • explain how music and noise different
  • identify three types of musical instruments
  • explain how sound wave interactions affect acoustics
  • describe how electromagnetic waves are produced and transmitted through space
  • provide examples of each type of electromagnetic wave
  • identify evidence how light can be classified as a wave and particle
  • explain what prisms do to visible light
  • identify what determines color
  • differentiate between primary and secondary colors
  • compare plane and spherical mirrors and identify their uses
  • construct a ray diagram
  • apply the mirror equation to solve for size and position of images
  • define total internal reflection
  • describe the atomic nucleus
  • describe an isotope and a radioactive isotope
  • compare the types of radioactive emission
  • define and explain a half-life
  • compare and contrast fission and fusion
  • briefly summarize the theory of relativity

Course Outline:

Unit 1: Electrostatics

Unit 2: Electric Currents and Circuits

Unit 3: Magnetism and Electromagnetism

Unit 4: Waves

Unit 5: Sound

Unit 6: Electromagnetic Waves

Unit 7: Optics

Unit 8: Nuclear Physics

Resources Included: Online lesson instruction and activities, opportunities to engage with a certified, online instructor and classmates, when appropriate, and online assessments to measure student performance of course objectives and readiness for subsequent academic pursuits.

Additional Costs: Free graphing calculators can be found online. Students may be required to acquire several, common household items for completion of some lab activities.

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue diplomas. A final score out of total points earned will be submitted to your school mentor for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: Students will require a computer device with headphones, a microphone, webcam, up-to-date Chrome Web Browser, and access to YouTube.

Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements:

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: Basic technology skills necessary to locate and share information and files as well as interact with others in a Learning Management System (LMS), include the ability to:

  • Download, edit, save, convert, and upload files
  • Download and install software
  • Use a messaging service similar to email
  • Communicate with others in online discussion or message boards, following basic rules of netiquette
  • Open attachments shared in messages
  • Create, save, and submit files in commonly used word processing program formats and as a PDF
  • Edit file share settings in cloud-based applications, such as Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides
  • Save a file as a .pdf
  • Copy and paste and format text using your mouse, keyboard, or an html editor’s toolbar menu
  • Insert images or links into a file or html editor
  • Search for information within a document using Ctrl+F or Command+F keyboard shortcuts
  • Work in multiple browser windows and tabs simultaneously
  • Activate a microphone or webcam on your device, and record and upload or link audio and/or video files
  • Use presentation and graphics programs
  • Follow an online pacing guide or calendar of due dates
  • Use spell-check, citation editors, and tools commonly provided in word processing tool menus
  • Create and maintain usernames and passwords

Additional Information: None


School Level: High School
Standards: Next Generation Science Standards
NCAA Approved: Yes
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location:
NCES Code: 03151
MDE Endorsement Code: DE - Physics
MMC Minimum Requirements: Science - Chemistry/Physics/Anatomy

When Offered: _Internal Use Only

Content Provider: Michigan Virtual
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Plus