Apologia Physics opinions
Posted 10 July 2010 - 09:26 AM
He didn't care for the first couple of chapters, but after that he really liked the book, and physics in general. He even chose Advanced Physics for his 12th grade course this year. He also said there were several trig concepts he learned/understood better from the explanations in the physics book than from his math text, though I guess that could be a reflection on his MUS Precalculus as much as a commendation for the physics book.
His very favorite book last year, though, was The New World of Mr. Tomkins, which is a fun introduction to relativity and quantum mechanics, with some math, but not a whole lot. He preferred it to the other living book supplements he read last year, and to the Stephen Hawking books he is reading so far this year (though he did say that Stephen Hawking clarified red shift for him).
He is a quick learner and needs almost no repetition if a concept is explained clearly, so I don't know how his experience would translate to a different kind of student.
Posted 10 July 2010 - 12:43 PM
Has anyone used Apologia Physics? Any opinions?
I taught Apologia Physics for three years at our co-op. It is a good, basic Physics text, made to be done independently by a student, and the labs use materials easily found around the home or purchased quite reasonably. The teachers manual has tests and solutions. For a student who isn't going into a science or engineering field, or for a first Physics course in high school, I think it's fine.
That said, I am switching to KineticBooks' Principles of Physics this year. It covers some topics not touched by Apologia, and I like the interactive features. I will have to come up with labs and tests on my own, but I'm more comfortable with that after teaching Apologia these past few years.
Posted 10 July 2010 - 09:21 PM
He worked completely independently of me and easily grasped most of the material. Occasionally he would ask my husband / father for input, but not much.
Posted 10 July 2010 - 11:31 PM
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Posted 11 July 2010 - 04:29 PM
My ds also really enjoys theoretical Physics and watched the Teaching Co. dvds on String Theory (I can't remember the exact title). In fact he enjoyed it so much that he watched it twice and has often had conversations with adults about physics topics.
Anyway, my ds learned plenty from the Apologia and the Teaching Co. course. My ds is able to have an educated discussion with adults knowledgeable in Physics. It's humorous to sit back and listen to my dh and ds converse because my dh's Physics is very practical (used daily at work) and my ds enjoys theoretical physics, so their discussions are interesting. My ds has not taken Physics in college, and won't because he doesn't need more than a basic science class because he is a Digital Media/Editing major. His friend did take Physics in college and said most of the first level Physics course was a repeat of Apologia, so he was well prepared.
Posted 11 July 2010 - 07:56 PM
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