Very often, we see ourselves as sellers in a market. The customers are the students and all the other sellers are the other subjects teachers. Fierce competition!
Our goal, as physics department is to see more and more customers coming to our stand, buying our stuff and, much more importantly, being happy after that.
That’s why, we know that if we want to be successful,we have to wrap up our stuff in an attractive way and, at the same time, to keep the content authentic.
Our main goal, as a department, is to show our customers that Physics is part of almost eveything that is happening around us, beginning with the atom’s tiny universe and ending with the infinite one.
An ideal physics lesson allows students to learn, see and do something new. We use a lot of demos and experimental work and also try to save enough time to solve problems. And this is quite a challenge!
As a regulation of Turkish Ministry of National Education (MEB), Physics course is mandatory at grades 9 and 10 and is carried out 3 periods/week. These courses follow national curriculum, but the media of instruction is in English and we spice it with skills necessary to be developed for the students who will want to follow the IB path (experimental work).
At 11th grade, students may choose IB or MEB track. Depending on their future career they may attend Physics courses.
IB Physics is offered as High Level (HL) or Standard Level (SL). Both are taught 5 periods/week at grades 11 and 12.
In MEB and IB programs, physics students from 11th and 12th grades study more advanced topics in classical physics and also learn some basic concepts in modern physics.
The interactive studies on qualitative and quantitative problems as well as experiments aim to enhance the analytical and scientific thinking of students.
Since the 2015-2016 academic year, the physics courses at Koç School are carried out in a new science building. The classes are fully equipped and are designed in a way that gives opportunity to do lecturing and labs at the same place.
‘Physics in action’ is new elective course for 10th grade. The course looks at the physics behind several everyday phenomena. Physics topics addressed in this course include pressure, buoyancy, Newton mechanics, electricity, magnetism, waves and optics. Basic experimental methods will be covered through simulations and simple experiments that can be conducted at home. Students will have also chance to conduct scientific projects, to meet with university professors and to learn more about interesting natural phenomena.
In a nutshell, this is our philosophy and activity as Physics Department. We are blessed with amazing students and their interest towards Physics is sustained every day by all our efforts and energy.