This 376-page hardcover text is divided into 13 Chapters and includes exercises, study questions, and experiments, as well as a reference section. (You can read over the exact breakdown of the text in the Table of Contents and look at Sample Pages.) For purposes of review, I also received a download of the Student Resource CD, but you will receive a physical CD when you order. The Student Resource CD includes a Course Overview and sample Schedule, Quizzes (28) and complete Answer Keys for each Quiz, Chapter Exercises with sample answers to verbal questions (30 pages), sample answers for all quizzes, sample answers for the final exams, and weekly Review Guides. It provides everything you need to be ready to go. Other companion resources available include books to help you teach so that students can best learn, books to help you conduct and understand experiments, a lab report handbook for students, and a solutions manual that covers every computational problem included in the text.
That's the nitty-gritty. Now, how did we best utilize the text in the review period and will we continue to use it into the coming school year? My daughter has just completed her sophomore year of high school and when I handed over a book called Introductory Physics, she was apprehensive to say the least. "Physics, mom? Really?" But here's the deal. This Physics text is written directly to students by a man who has spent 10 years researching methods of instruction that will engage students and draw them into learning. Beginning with the Preface, she was hooked. The very first sentence states that "this course is designed to challenge you, while bringing you to a solid level of mastery," but the introduction goes on to explain that students must have a sincere desire to learn and challenges them to be disciplined enough to study. Furthermore, students are given permission to question the world around them and are encouraged to be organized and diligent to apply themselves to the task at hand. Can I just tell you how wonderful it is for someone else to tell my girl this? Students are given a study strategy that is solid -- and gives them to courage to jump in and tackle a tough subject. The study techniques taught will be used throughout college and life. I like it. I like it a LOT.
|Bonus "Did You Know?" sections share history alongside science and mathematical concepts.|
This is a high school level class. It is appropriate for high school credit. As such, it is a rigorous curriculum of reading, studying, answering questions (complete sentences with correct grammar and spelling required), and experimenting, but this is well within the scope of what our children can do. In my opinion, Introductory Physics sets the bar higher than many other science textbooks do and it expects our children to rise to the standard. It presented a bit of a learning curve at my house because of this. The chapters are not incredibly long, but they are incredibly detailed. My daughter often had to read and re-read before she was able to complete the study questions. Where she has sometimes taken the easy way out (incomplete thoughts and ideas written down), Novare requires her to truly read to understand and focus on the assigned tasks which meant that mom required the same before marking work as complete. The Chapters are broken into smaller, more readable chunks of information with learning Objectives clearly defined at the beginning of each. My daughter explains that she likes knowing what she will/should learn before she begins reading and likes being able to check herself at the end to see if she succeeded.
|Full-color illustrations draw the eye and Objectives are laid out for each Chapter.|
As with the majority of our high school courses, I expect my girl to be able to follow-through with expectations on her own, BUT I also require her to show me her work once she is done. Introductory Physics gives us the opportunity to discuss more together and that's a good thing. I am not leaving her completely solo on this subject and I would suggest that you be available for your students as they work through it as well. All of that said, we will MOST DEFINITELY be continuing our usage of Introductory Physics for the school year ahead. It is a yes, Yes, YES in my book.
I was given the opportunity to review Introductory Physics from Novare Science & Math as a member of the Homeschool Review Crew. You can check out the Crew Review and see what other members of the Homeschool Review Crew thought of this curriculum and other resources we reviewed (or just click on the banner below.)