Algebra Based Physics Course

Units (select a unit)

  • Kinematics
  • Dynamics
  • Uniform Circular Motion & Universal Gravitation
  • Energy
  • Momentum
  • Fluids (accelerated)
  • Midterm Exam
  • Electric Charge & Force
  • Electric Field & Potential
  • Electric Current & Circuits
  • Magnetism
  • Electromagnetic Induction
  • Simple Harmonic Motion
  • Waves & Sound Waves
  • EM Waves
  • Quantum Physics & Atomic Modeling
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Geometric Optics
  • Final Exam


Kelly Slingerland • 4 years, 10 months agologin to reply

I like the new website!

Melissa Axelsson • 4 years, 10 months agologin to reply

Thanks Kelly! Let us know if you have any questions about the new site. Melissa

Elvin Wong • 4 years, 10 months agologin to reply

The new layout is easier to use/click than the old menu system. However, unless I missed it, the "download all attachments" button is gone? This button is very useful as it would otherwise take many clicks to download all the materials for a particular unit.

Anthony Chen • 4 years, 10 months agologin to reply

Hello there--yes the download all attachments button is missing at the moment and is not ready yet. We plan on adding it back soon, but since we continuously improve the curriculum throughout the year, it's advantageous to download the latest files a few days in advance of using it so that you get any corrections or updates. We'll try and add that functionality back soon.

Elvin Wong • 4 years, 10 months agologin to reply

Thanks. In the absence of the "download all attachments" it is a LOT of clicks to get the material for a Unit. In urban schools, mine at least, the Wifi/internet is unreliable so I download the material ahead of time to access it locally.

Marc Kolb • 4 years, 10 months agologin to reply

This is a very slick new site! I was wondering where the curve documentation is for algebra-based physics. I can't see to find it.

Melissa Axelsson • 4 years, 9 months agologin to reply

Marc - sorry for the delay in my reply - a few comments were not getting sent on to us in the beginning. If you are still looking for the curve documentation it is under "Courses" and then "Teaching Methods". You can also go directly to the link. Let us know if you have any other questions.

Pia Carolina Rodriguez • 4 years, 9 months agologin to reply

What physics text Book do you recommend for the Algebra Based Physics Course?

Melissa Axelsson • 4 years, 9 months agologin to reply

We do not recommend a book for this course. This material was developed because there were no great algebra-based physics textbooks, they either required trig or were conceptual, and now all of the schools we have helped to implement this material do not use an accompanying textbook. If students have a device in the classroom, then they open up the accompanying PDF of the presentation. If not, then schools print the presentation out for the students and this becomes their textbook.

Craig Shockley • 4 years, 2 months agologin to reply

Hi Melissa, The accompanying pdf files for chapter excerpts for the units are great, but there seems to be no chapter excerpt to go along with the unit: "Waves and Sound Waves". (Haven't checked all the other units yet, so there might be more.) Is there work in progress to address this, or do you have another suggestion for the time being? Thanks!

Melissa Axelsson • 4 years, 2 months agologin to reply

There are two separate presentations for Waves and Sound Waves. Once you click on presentation, then click on either waves or sound waves and you will see each of the SMART Notebook presentations as well as the PDFs.

Steve Verhey • 3 years, 11 months agologin to reply

This is obviously a fantastic resource, and I don't mean to complain, but there are small typos and other errors scattered throughout the files. Some might not be worth bothering with, but some confuse students, especially non-native English speakers. Is there a place to submit suggested corrections?

Melissa Axelsson • 3 years, 11 months agologin to reply

Steve - thanks for the compliment. We appreciate any feedback and being told were any errors are, however small they be. You can either submit a comment through this comment system or you can also email me directly and the Physics team will make the corrections and upload the new files. My email is

Kristin Michalski • 2 years, 12 months agologin to reply

I'm revamping my regular physics this year to better align with NGSS. I found your resources invaluable for my AP Physics 1 course. Am I correct that vectors in 2D (trig) are NOT covered in this course (inclined planes, projectiles, static equilibrium, etc)? In the past I have covered forces in 2D so I never get to momentum. I'm thinking of skipping 2D so I can get to this. Thanks.

Josef Kariuki • 2 years, 12 months agologin to reply

I am glad you have found the curricula material helpful to you Kristin. And you are correct; no trigonometry is utilized in this course--all problems are 1 dimensional.

MUHAMMAD BALA • 2 years, 3 months agologin to reply

Good job, really helpful. Thank you team njctl.

Melissa Axelsson • 2 years, 3 months agologin to reply

Thank you for your kind words!

Cathleen Taylor • 2 months agologin to reply

What suggestions do you have for hybrid learning on chromebooks for assessments?

Melissa Axelsson • 1 month, 3 weeks agologin to reply

Most teachers that we have been talking with have been using google forms for assessments. They are taking our word files and then making them a google form that the students can answer.

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