MIddle school Physics

The course is developed for middle school students who have no prior exposure to physics and have limited or no advanced math skills (such as trigonometry and geometry). It is for developing basic but broad, simple but correct understanding of physics concepts in mechanics, electricity, circuit, magnetism, thermodynamics, fluid and optics, and for stimulating students' curiosity towards exploring the world around them with physics intuitions.


Middle School Physics: It will introduce basic concepts in force, motion, work, energy, charge, electricity, circuit, magnetism, heat, behavior of gas and liquid, waves and optics, and help to learn the basic problem-solving skills in those subjects. Real world examples and applications will be introduced and discussed to develop students' interest in physics and help to construct their analytical skills with scientific logic.

It is perfect for rising 6th up to rising 9th grade students who want to have a clear understanding of some very basic physics concepts and want to be fully prepared for taking high school physics courses. It covers also everything needed for students who want to participate in or do better in physics related events in the popular middle school Science Olympiad. Equally important, it also prepares students, with the early bird advantage, for participating in national level physics competition such as USAPHO (similar to the better known USAMO-USA Math Olympiad) once they get into high school.

There are 5 parts in the whole complete course that are scheduled at different time and are offered in rotation. They can be taken independently from each other solely based on your schedule.

  1. Mechanics: study motion, mass, forces (weight, supporting force, tension, friction), balance of forces, simple machines (pulley, lever, wheel and axle, inclined plane, wedge, screw, gear), work, power, and energy.

  2. Thermal Science: study state of matters, density, pressure, buoyancy force, absolute temperature , ideal gas, T-P-V relations, engine, methods of heat transfer, melting, evaporation, thermal equilibrium, and fluid flow.

  3. Electricity: study origin of charge, charge transfer, Coulomb's law, electrical field, resistance, current, voltage, Ohm's law, circuit, energy flow in circuit and applications.

  4. Magnetism: study magnet, magnetic interaction, magnetic field, moving charge in magnetic field, Faraday's law of induction, Lenz's principle, motor, electric generator and electromagnetic wave

  5. Optics: study origin of light, speed of light, reflection, refraction, optical lens, ray optics, light waves, diffraction, superposition, interference, and light scattering.

Is there a prerequisite for the course?

No. It is for rising 6th to rising 9th grade students, or 9th grade students who want to clear up some confusions they have learned in school.

In what format will the course be provided?

It will be provided through a live, interactive online instruction in English.

How long is each phase?

Each part includes typically 15 hours of lectures.

How big is the class size?

Usually less than 10 students.

Are there homework assignments?

Yes, it will be assigned after each lecture. Solution will be provided and explained afterwards.