In their junior year, all high school students are introduced to MATLAB. MATLAB is a programming language that allows students to manipulate data, design simulations, and create both 2D and 3D graphs of data and algebraic relationships. After students have studied linear motion in the context of MATLAB and in calculus, they build on these understandings in order to complete a study of mechanics - including Newton's laws of motion, energy relationships, motion in two dimensions, and rotational motion. In their senior year, students continue studying oscillations and waves, sound, electricity, magnetism, and light, as well as tackling a variety of topics in modern physics.
- MATLAB is normally taught at the college level. Our partner, Trinity Schools, pioneered the teaching of MATLAB at the high school level.
- The course integrates the study of calculus, physics, and programming.
- Students develop the mental disciplines of programming - careful, logical, and concrete problem-solving.
- Students learn to create working mathematical models of physical phenomena so that they can better understand physics.
- This program routinely places students in the top science and engineering universities.
- Even as high school interns, students familiar with MATLAB are able to make meaningful contributions in a wide range of fields - from environmental science to finance.