I remember my Physics teacher saying, “Everything is Physics!”, and he was right! Physics attempts to observe and define literally everything in nature. All of the sciences of biology, chemistry, geology and astronomy are grounded in physics. While all of these topics can be studied independently, studying the concepts of physics will enhance your understanding of the others. But physics is also very practical and interesting on its own - dare I even say “fun”?!. Basic physics concepts helps you understand a lot of every-day things in life. For example, learning physics can help you be a safer driver, improve your golf game, be a better carpenter, fix your audio mixes, or build your own guitar effects. My primary goal in this class is to get you to look at everything going on around you – things you generally accept without question – and be CURIOUS! Ask, “Why did that happen that way? If I really observe what is going on, can I learn to explain and predict it?” Think about whether God created meaningless chaos, or is there hidden order behind even the mundane? I find the world a more amazing creation as I learn to see the order (yes, even the math!) that is its foundation. Isaiah 48:13 says, “Yes, my hand has laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand has spread out the heavens: when I call to them, they stand up together”, and Psalm 148:5, “Let them praise the name of the Lord, For He commanded and they were created.”
Prerequisites: Completion of both Algebra I and Geometry.
*Requires a calculator (or phone app) with sin/cos/tan functions.
Text: Exploring Creation through Physics by Apologia 2nd Ed.
Copy/Supply fee: $30.00 (check written to Tom Siner due at Orientation or the first class)
B. S. Computer Science
Computer Engineering (Certificate)
My wife, Diane, and I have three grown children that all spent time homeschooling, as well as time in private and public school. Our youngest attended Bridge Academy, and our older two have graduated from Liberty University and made us grandparents! I am a graduate of James Madison University with a B.S. in Computer Science, and completed a post-graduate certificate in Computer Engineering at Iowa State University. In over 30 years of experience as an engineer, I have enjoyed developing cutting edge technologies and products for home entertainment (DVD) and digital theatres, cryptographic data protection systems where I hold two patents, and currently design and develop software for LTE and 5G cellular base-stations. I like to say that I can explain everything about your cell phone except how to actually use it – you need to ask your kids for that help!
I have a passion for building new things, and teaching allows me to express my excitement to a new generation. I hope my enthusiasm shows! I love helping students find answers to that age-old question, "How will I ever use this in life?", and seeing their eyes light-up as they begin to understand something new. I am returning to Bridge Academy after a break of a few years. I have previously taught Physics four times, as well as introductory classes to computer programming and electronics/robotics. This year I will be teaching both Physics and Pre-Calculus.
Also teaching: Precalculus