Applied Physics Syllabus
Michael Lathrop teaches Honors Physics, General Physics, Applied Physics, and Introduction to Engineering. He is a 1973 graduate of CMR and has a BS in Secondary Education with a Broadfield in Science, majors in Mathematics and Physical Science, and a minor in Chemistry from Western Montana College in Dillon Montana. He has a MS in Chemistry with an emphasis in Physical Chemistry from Washington State University Pullman, WA. He has taught at CMR since 1994. In 2007 he was named the General Education Teacher of the Year by the Montana Council of Administrators of Special Education. He is the Key Club Advisor and has received the Leland Key of Honor from the Montana District of Key Club International. In 2010 he received the Velma Jordan Award for his dedication to student success from CMR High School. In 2012 he received the Montana Science Teachers Association Award for Superior Achievement in Science Education in Physics. In 2015 he was named the Teacher of the Year for CMR High School. Individuals interested in contacting Mr. Lathrop may e-mail.
Active Physics Core Select Copyright 2005 by Itís About Time, Herff Jones Educational Division
A hands on approach to applied physics that will prepare students for further education in technical schools. This course may be used for science credit or vocational credit.
Students will be introduced to:
Mechanical Systems: and how they apply to construction and automotive trades
Fluid Systems: and how they apply to aerodynamics in boats and aeronautics
Electrical Systems: and how they apply to construction, motors and generators
Students will be expected to:
Students should have passed foundations of science.
Students will be given access to texts, computers, and all lab equipment needed to excel in applied physics.
Grades are determined as a straight percentage of points from homework, labs, and tests.
More information on the curriculum may be found at the district website: