High School Conceptual (Math-Free) Physics

Conceptual Math-Free Physics

Most physics curriculums are comprised of thick, boring textbooks that require a firm grounding in higher level math and feature labs that can strike fear in a homeschool parent’s heart. You don’t need to know any higher level math to take this course. This is a CONCEPTUAL physics course for those of you who have students who hate math and love science, or for students who want to learn how the world works via physics by focusing more on the concepts than the math behind those concepts.

In Guest Hollow’s High School Conceptual Physics curriculum, students will learn physics concepts “Guest Hollow” style with loads of great books, fun hands-on activities, fascinating videos, online articles & images, and free printables scheduled in.

What is conceptual physics?

We’ve pasted a quote by Keri Garver below, as it sums up perfectly what I’m trying to accomplish with this course:

We are all forced to interact with the physical world around us daily. When we not only observe, but also understand the rules of nature that govern our physical world we are more fulfilled and well-rounded individuals. Traditional physics classes often alienate students with difficult mathematical derivations and computations. While the rules of nature can often be described mathematically, it is not the only way to describe them. Conceptual Physics emphasizes learning the fundamental principles of nature from which concepts can be derived. Mathematics is not necessary to understand that energy can neither be created nor destroyed–which is, in fact, one of the fundamentals of physics. In reality, the basic laws and rules, if understood, are what students use for the rest of their lives by applying them to myriad situations. Therefore, it is the goal of Conceptual Physics to facilitate students understanding of the rules of nature by learning their foundations, not by learning their mathematical derivations.

In addition, physics is the basic science. It is the foundation for biology, chemistry, geology, and all other sciences. Therefore, what one learns in Conceptual Physics will be the basis on which all of one’s knowledge from the disciplines of science builds.

I’ve linked to an article about an adult who took a regular physics course vs. a conceptual physics course when he was a high school student. The author wishes he had chosen the conceptual course. 

Read why by clicking here.

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Prerequisites: None
Approximate Daily Time Commitment:
45 min. – 1 hour depending on activities that are chosen and reading speed

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Why choose Guest Hollow’s High School Physics Curriculum?

Homeschooling with Guest Hollow’s High School Conceptual Physics gets students enthusiastic about science!

There is NO textbook in our physics course. That keeps things fresh, interesting, and non-intimidating. Students also learn a bit of history and other subjects like chemistry and more, because physics is NOT something that happens in a vacuum. Physics applies to the world all around us and is tied to many other things.

Your student will learn lots of interesting and fun facts while getting to learn how the world works, as well as the cutting-edge possibilities of the future!

Practical science that is tied to real-life!

My 2 students really enjoyed using the Physics curriculum this year. They were especially glad that there was no math. They liked the engaging book suggestions and the fact that they could learn from several different sources, not just a plain textbook.

Guest Hollow’s Physics
brings science to life.

Students get to immerse themselves in terrific books and videos while also having access to a buffet of activities like building a pencil lead light bulb, a solar updraft tower, supercooled fluid, an Archimedes screw, and tons more projects!

Engaging Books & Materials

We’ve hand-picked books your students will love.

Our homeschool physics curriculum schedules books that will ignite your student’s love for science. There is no boring textbook!

Free Science Videos

Videos add a visual component.

We scour YouTube to find the best educational videos to make science something to actually see and not just read about.

Fun Science Projects

We work hard to engage ALL types of learners.

You’ll find a buffet of videos, projects, activities, and assignments you can pick-and-choose from to help your students retain what they are learning!

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Our customers have shared over and over how Guest Hollow curricula has changed their homeschool and sparked a love for learning!

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Does this curriculum come with __________?

No, you need to purchase the scheduled books separately. Learn more.

a printable book list?
Yes. We provide a book list with a handy checklist to help you plan what you want to buy or borrow and in what format. We also let you know when each book is scheduled in, so you can arrange to check out books from the library before you need them!

a schedule?
Yes. You get the same weekly schedule in 3 different formats: PDF, Microsoft Word, and online*. Just open it up and you are ready to learn!
*Access to the online version of the curriculum schedule is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed due to various potential circumstances on our end and yours including but not limited to various computer, device, and internet configurations.

a supply list?
Yes. Most recipe ingredients and supplies are listed at the beginning of your schedule week-by-week.

a teacher’s manual?
No. The physics curriculum schedule is all you need!

No. There are no tests with this curriculum.

a workbook?
Yes. You get a FREE 130 page full-color workbook with the purchase of this curriculum (77 student pages and an answer key at the back).

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Take a look at a week from the online version of the schedule here

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F.A.Q. for our High School Physics Curriculum

You’ll have to check with your local educational authorities or in some other way determine if Guest Hollow meets requirements since states and colleges have different expectations.

When we were teaching our kids, we usually had what we thought of as a “core” curriculum (science, geography, or history). Because these programs were so literature-rich, we didn’t do a separate literature course. This enhanced our children’s retention and enjoyment of the material they were learning, since their reading assignments complimented their studies. Of course our kids also did plenty of reading in their free time as well!

Guest Hollow’s Physics Curriculum covers a lot of different types of information. We think the BEST curriculums are those that are multidisciplinary. We believe subjects don’t exist in a vacuum, so we like to tie different subjects together, when possible, to expand students’ understanding of specific topics or things they encounter in various scheduled books and/or videos.

Additional credits could possibly be earned for literature and history.

Don’t forget to research your local requirements and consult the local experts in your area! We are in NO way advising what credits you should assign. You are ultimately responsible for researching this topic and deciding what will work for you and your family based on your local requirements, future plans, college requirements, and other considerations.

This curriculum was designed for grades 9 through 12, although it’s possibly adaptable for advanced and motivated middle schoolers.

Many of the books scheduled in are for adults and may mention topics that may not be appropriate for younger students. A parent/teacher will need to preview materials and may wish to read some books out loud, instead of handing them to the student.

We also recommend that if you use this curriculum with a middle school student, that you lighten the reading load by removing some of the more adult-oriented or more challenging books like Galileo’s Daughter, Introducing Aristotle, and other, similar titles.

We cannot give recommendations as to which books and videos in the curriculum may or may not be suitable for your student(s). You may want to post on the Guest Hollow Physics Curriculum User’s Group and ask how other parents have adapted this curriculum for their younger students.

The activities should be appropriate for nearly any age, with parent oversight and assistance.

We strongly suggest that you view every item linked or used in this curriculum to make sure it meets with your approval.

Students will explore many physics concepts in this curriculum, but they will NOT have to do any math associated with those concepts. Some of the main topics studied are:

  • Motion
  • Forces & Newton’s laws
  • Gravity
  • Laws of planetary motion
  • Machines & technology
  • Energy
  • Heat
  • Matter
  • Air pressure, gas laws, buoyancy, density
  • Sound
  • Waves
  • Light
  • Electricity & magnetism
  • Nuclear energy
  • Relativity
  • Quantum physics / mechanics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Physics of the future
  • Some astronomy / astrophysics

Some of the people studied in depth and / or briefly touched upon are:

  • Aristotle
  • Galileo
  • Isaac Newton
  • Robert Goddard
  • Johannes Kepler
  • Archimedes
  • Nikola Tesla
  • Edison
  • Thomas Young
  • James Prescott Joule
  • James Watt
  • John Dalton
  • Robert Boyle
  • Blaise Pacal
  • James Clerk Maxwell
  • Daniel Bernoulli
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Christian Doppler
  • Michael Faraday
  • Max Planck
  • Many more!!

Many different physics concepts are covered in this curriculum, but in a way that doesn’t require any knowledge of how to do math equations. Physics is explained using real life examples students can relate to. This is a CONCEPTUAL physics course. It also contains a lot of history, as students study the people behind discoveries and technology that changed our understanding of the world. I think this is particularly important for a physics course because in seeing the progression of our understanding of physics, a student can come to the realization that s/he is just as capable of being part of the next generation’s discoveries. Physics is a field where a lot of things have yet to be discovered and ironed out!

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Please note, if you have problems, we have a liberal policy of providing extra, free access for unusual circumstances (at our discretion). Just contact us: guesthollow@memorableplaces.com.

*Access to the online version of the curriculum schedules and additional downloads is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed due to potential various circumstances on our end and yours including but not limited to various computer, device, and internet configurations.

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Our materials are licensed for a single family’s use only. You may print out as many copies as you reasonably need for siblings or others living in your home.

Please contact us if you wish to use our materials in a co-op or school: guesthollow@memorableplaces.com.

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No. We only offer a digital version at this time. You can print out your materials at home or have them printed via a printing service.

Some of our customers use The Homeschool Printing Company or Family Nest Printing. We don’t endorse any specific printing company. They are shared for informational purposes only.

Please see the F.A.Q. on the Physics books and resources page.

This list doesn’t include all of the topics covered.

Week 1Some science topics this week:  Motion, speed of falling objects, velocity, calculating speed, effect of gravity on balls rolling down a ramp, pendulums

People: Aristotle, Galileo, astronaut David Scott
Week 2Various topics
Week 3Some science topics this week:  force, First Law of Motion, friction, inertia, Second Law of Motion, Third Law of Motion, mass vs. weight, Third Law of Motion, impulse, momentum

People: Isaac Newton, Robert Goddard 
Week 4Various topics
Week 5Some science topics this week:  gravity, First Law of Planetary Motion, Second Law of Planetary Motion, Third Law of Planetary Motion, planet orbits around the sun, center of gravity, artificial satellites, GPS, wobbling

People: Johannes Kepler
Week 6Various topics
Week 7Some science topics this week:  lever, inclined plane, wheel, axle, pulley, fulcrum, forces needed to do a job   
People: Ancient Egyptians
Week 8Various topics
Week 9Some science topics this week:  energy, intro to: chemical, electrical, magnetic, solar, atomic, and nuclear energy, potential energy, batteries, joule, Btu’s, scientific calories, horsepower, kinetic energy, heat energy

People: Thomas Young, James Prescott Joule, James Watt, Bryan Allen      
Week 10Various topics
Week 11Some science topics this week:  heat, heat capacity (specific heat), temperature, how a thermometer works, boiling water, atomic theory of matter, Brownian motion, conduction, convection, radiation, the steam engine, thermodynamics, entropy, absolute zero

People: Josiah Wedgewood, Daniel Fahrenheit, Anders Celsius, John Dalton, Antoine Lavoisier, Count Rumford, Robert Brown, James Watt    
Week 12Various topics
Week 13Some science topics this week:  solids, liquids, gases, elasticity, Hooke’s Law, pressure, barometer, Pascal’s Principle, hydraulics, density, buoyancy, Archimedes’ Law of Buoyancy, ideal gas law, Boyle’s Law, Charles’s Law, Bernoulli’s Principle

People: Robert Hooke, Robert Boyle, Blaise Pascal, Jacques Charles, Joseph Gay-Lussac, Thomas Graham, James Clerk Maxwell, Daniel Bernoulli
Week 14Various topics
Week 15Some science topics this week:  waves, sound, wavelength, frequency, velocity, speed of sound, vibrations, amplitude, sound intensity levels, resonance, sympathetic vibration, fundamental frequency, echoes, reverberation, acoustics, SONAR, sonograms, voiceprints, decibels, inverse square law, tone / pitch, velocity of sound, Doppler effect, sonic boom

People: Alexander Graham Bell, Christian Doppler
Week 16Various topics
Week 17Some science topics this week:  light, rainbows, prisms, human eye, subtractive primary colors, primary colors, optical illusions, mirages, law of reflection, mirrors, telescopes, convex & concave, microscopes, focal length, refraction, speed of light, electromagnetic waves, photons

People: Isaac Newton, James Clerk Maxwell, David Livingstone, Anton Leeuwenhoek
Week 18Various topics
Week 19Some science topics this week:  electricity, amber, electrical fields, Coulomb’s law of static electric force, atoms & electrons, electrical circuits, conductors, electronic power stations, batteries, electric cars & motors, voltage, current, resistance, light bulb, Ohm’s law

People: Benjamin Franklin, Melitus, William Gilbert, Charles Du Fay, Charles Coulomb, Count Allessandro Volta, Samuel F.B. Morse, Georg Simon Ohm
Week 20Various topics
Week 21Some science topics this week:  magnetism, lodestone, compass, earth’s poles, magnetic field, properties of magnets, ferromagnetic metals, permanent magnets, electric batteries, electromagnets    
People: William Gilbert, Pierre Curie, Christian Oersted, William Sturgeon, Joseph Henry, Michael Faraday
Week 22Various topics
Week 23Some science topics this week: hertz, amplitude, AM and FM radio, infrared light, visible light, ultraviolet light, x-rays, gamma rays, photoelectric effect, Compton effect, wave chamber

People: Rudolph Hertz, Guglielmo Marconi, James Clerk Maxwell, Wilhelm Roentgen, Henri Becquerel, Pierre and Marie Curie, Ernest Rutherford, Albert Einstein, Arthur Holly Compton, Charles Wilson  
Week 24Various topics
Week 25Some science topics this week:  nuclear energy, subatomic particles, quarks, nuclear reactions, nuclear fusion, fission, Manhattan Project, atomic bomb

People: Enrico Fermi, Lise Meitner
Week 26Various topics
Week 27Some science topics this week:  Planck’s constant, energy quanta, quantum physics, uncertainty principle, cold fusion, broadcast energy, faster-than-light communication, matter transmission and replication, control of gravity, nanotechnology, cryogenics

People: Max Planck, Niels Bohr, Prince Louis de Borglie, Thomas Young, Simon Laplace, Werner Heisenberg
Week 28Various topics
Week 29Some science topics this week:  Nanotechnology, quantum theory, lightning, and other various topics
Week 30Some science topics this week: quantum mechanics, astronomy, Cartesian diver, and other various topics
Week 31Some science topics this week: quantum mechanics, astronomy, surface properties, and other various topics
Week 32Some science topics this week: quantum mechanics, astronomy, multiple dimensions, and other various topics
Week 33Some science topics this week: quantum mechanics, astronomy, conservation of energy and momentum, and other various topics
Week 34Some science topics this week: quantum mechanics, and other various topics

We are Christians, but Guest Hollow’s Physics Curriculum is not intended to be a “Christian resource”. However, there may be infrequent (or what we consider to be) minor references or links to resources that mention Christian ideas, values, or sectarian topics even in our secular/non-religious/neutral curriculums.

If we schedule in a Christian book, we try to give you notice of such in the books and resources page.

Christians and non-Christians should preview the scheduled books and all other resources such as videos, etc. to make sure they are compatible with your beliefs, philosophies, and values.

After purchasing a curriculum, you’ll see that the item you just bought shows that it is discounted 50% in our store. The reason you are seeing this is because we give you the opportunity to repurchase the schedule and your downloads at a substantial discount before they expire (2 years from date of purchase).

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Why does access expire? Every year we go through all our curriculum schedules and update broken links and/or replace books that have gone out of print. This is a very time-intensive process that keeps our curricula up-to-date. Your repurchase helps fund this process and provides you with a schedule that has all the new additions or changes.

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5 reviews for High School Conceptual (Math-Free) Physics

  1. rlarsen.scott (verified owner)

    A great fit for us without math! Excellent and thorough curriculum.

  2. Polly Wallis

    We really liked the Physics and Chemistry programs. According to my son he liked all the variety with the different books. They made it move along and not be boring. The daily schedule was easy to follow. The links all worked and added another level of interest. The projects were simple and helped with understanding. Thank you for this different option for science.

  3. Joanna (verified owner)

    My 2 students really enjoyed using the Physics curriculum this year. They were especially glad that there was no math. They liked the engaging book suggestions and the fact that they could learn from several different sources, not just a plain textbook. Their favorite book was “What If?”.

  4. sixadoptions (verified owner)

    This Physics from Guest Hollow is interesting! It’s the favorite subject of my son and I enjoy it, too! I have a daughter who will be starting Physics soon. I also use the Anatomy with another daughter. Love Guest Hollow!

  5. Jaime Haley (verified owner)

    This is an incredible resource! Thank you so much for all of your hard work. This curriculum makes physics fun again. The ongoing updates show that this is a quality program. Again, thank you for making my life easier.

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