Steven Okapal

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Steven Okapal
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Department Science
House STEM
Contact sokapal@tsas.org
Joined 2007
Education The Ohio State University, B.S. Physics and B.A Philosophy
Why TSAS? I heard good things about it from one of the founders. In the interview they asked what I would do with an elective, and I said I would love to teach Philosophy to HS students. When they said that could happen, I jumped on it.
Interesting Fact I have speed-ran Final Fantasy 2/4 in between 20 and 21 hours.

AP Physics

The AP Physics 1 Course has been designed by the College Board as a course equivalent to the algebra-based college-level physics class. At the end of the course, students will take the AP Physics 1 exam, which will test their knowledge of both the concepts taught in the classroom and their use of the correct formulas.

STEM

Astronomy

Astronomy is the study of the universe outside of Earth. The Astronomy class will be broken up into the following sections: History of Astronomy, The Sun cycle, Our Solar System, and if there is time; Star cycles. We will look at the basics of how people started to study the night sky, what we know about our Sun, what we know about our solar system, and if possible, what we know about distant stars.

Conceptual Physics

In Conceptual Physics students investigate the interaction of matter and energy in a variety of methods, focusing on the concepts, rather than the math, involved with these interactions. The course begins with an introduction to the scientific method and Newtonian mechanics. It then follows with thermodynamics and proceeds to electromagnetism. At the end, the students have a choice of a variety of topics including modern physics, a more intense look at mechanics focusing on rotational motion, or optics.

Liberal Arts
STEM

Philosophy

Philosophy is an investigation of Western thought presented as two separate courses which are alternated each year. The first course is over Plato, Descartes, Hume and Kant, where the focus is on deep reading of the material. The second is over the major topics of philosophy, namely logic, epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, and linguistics/aesthetics.

Physics - Engineering

Physics - Engineering is a project-based class, focusing on the mechanical aspects of physics, and how they can be applied to various physical tasks. The students will complete a series of projects illustrating Newton's 3 Laws of Motion, as well as integrating other aspects of traditional physics as they explore how to take direct action in the world around them.

Career & College
Fine Arts