A.C.E.'s Physics has two DVDs per PACE as with their Biology course. DVDs feature pictures and graphic demonstrations, although they are not quite as interesting as the Physical Science and Biology DVD courses. Also, the videos demonstrate laboratory experiments, but students complete a lab record without actually doing lab work themselves just as in the Biology and Physical Science courses.
The course teaches challenging, high-level physics. Math is integrated throughout. However, it tends to leave students at the lower levels of thinking. Students are not challenged to analyze and hypothesize as they are in most physics classes. Because of this, the course will be suitable for some learners, but not all—especially not for the Competent Carls who thrive on opportunities to do independent, imaginative thinking. Nevertheless, since this is one of the few courses that does not assume that a physics teacher is on hand to explain things, it will probably be one of the easiest ways for homeschoolers to cover physics at home if they do not have a physicist in the family.
The course can be used without the DVDs. The PACEs contain all instructional material and can be used on their own, so you choose between the PACEs or the videos for the lesson presentation, then use the PACEs for the questions and answers. While the DVDs can be paired with the PACEs, the DVDs do not stand alone.
Prerequisites: Algebra 1 and 2 and Geometry.