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Physics Books for High School Students

Below is a list of some great books and educational material regarding this subject. We have added links to an online US bookstore, should you need further information on these products. You can also copy / paste the name of the author or book into the search box opposite.

1. The High School Physics Tutor (High School Tutor Series) by M. Fogiel, Joseph J.Molitoris, Paperback: 336 pages, Publisher: Research & Education Association
Basic and advanced topics in physics, specifically tailored for high school students. Topics include vectors, statics, kinematics, dynamics, energy/power, impulse/momentum, hydrostatics/aerostatics, electric circuits, magnetics, and radiation. Also included are chapter introductions which review major physics principles and their applications to problem-solving.


2. Let’s Review: Physics-The Physical Setting (Barron’s Review Course) by Miriam A. Lazar, Paperback: 688 pages, Publisher: Barron’s Educational Series
An ideal companion to high school physics textbooks, this volume covers topics prescribed by the New York State Board of Regents core curriculum guide, and more. Designed primarily to give high school students in New York State extra preparation for the Regents exams, this book reviews all high school level physics topics, including motion, forces and Newton’s laws, vector quantities and applications, circular motion & gravitation, properties of matter, electric current & circuits, electromagnetism, waves & sound, light & optics, solid-state physics & semiconductors, nuclear energy, and much more. The book also presents two recent New York State Regents exams with answers. This review book makes an excellent classroom complement to Barron’s Regents Exams & Answers Book for the physics exam. For Teachers: A valuable supplementary class-planning aid and a helpful source of test questions.

3. Basic Physics : A Self-Teaching Guide (Wiley Self-Teaching Guides) by Karl F. Kuhn, Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Wiley
Here is the most practical, complete, and easy-to-use guide available for understanding physics and the physical world. Even if you don’t consider yourself a “science” person, this book helps make learning key concepts a pleasure, not a chore. Whether you need help in a course, want to review the basics for an exam, or simply have always been curious about such physical phenomena as energy, sound, electricity, light, and color, you’ve come to the right place.


4. Ace’s Exambusters Physics Study Cards (Exambusters) by Elizabeth Burchard, Cards: 384 pages, Publisher: Ace Academics Inc
Ace’s Exambusters is a series of 21 titles covering most basic high school and college courses. Prepare for standardized tests such as AP Physics, NTE core, GED, CLEP, SAT II Physics, MCAT, ASVAB, N.Y. Regents. The cards emphasize the important concepts. Easy to work with.

5. The Art of Teaching Science: Inquiry and Innovation in Middle School & High School by Jack Hassard, Paperback: 476 pages, Publisher: Oxford University Press
This book focuses on the preparation of science teachers as professional artists. This text emphasizes a humanistic, experiential, and constructivist approach to teaching and learning, integrating a wide variety of pedagogical learning tools. These tools involve inquiry, experimentation, reflection, writing, discussion, and interaction. Becoming a science teacher is a creative process, and this innovative textbook encourages students to construct ideas about science teaching through their interactions with peers, professionals, and instructors, and through hands-on, minds-on activities designed to foster a collaborative, thoughtful learning environment. The Art of Teaching Science is a science-teaching handbook designed for the professional development of middle & high-school science teachers. The experiential tools in the book make it useful for both pre- and in-service teacher education environments, easily adapted to any classroom setting. Profound changes in our understanding of the goals of science teaching-as evidenced by the emphasis on inquiry-based activities advocated by the National Science Education Standards -underscore the need to equip a new cadre of educators with the proper tools to encourage innovation and science literacy in the classroom. Providing meaningful learning experiences and connections with the most recent research and understanding of science teaching, The Art of Teaching Science sets the standard for the future of science education.