Hello! My name is Sean Reese and I teach Physical Science, Physics, and Honors Physics at the Senior High School. I graduated from Eastern Nazarene College in May of 2011 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Secondary Education and a Bachelors of Science degree in Physics. Since that time, I worked as a day-to-day substitute teacher and a long-term substitute teacher in a science classroom at Manheim Central Middle School, prior to joining the teaching staff here Exeter in the summer of 2013. I completed my Masters of Science Education degree from Lebanon Valley College in the summer of 2019.
I teach Physical Science as a year-long course and both Physics and Honors Physics as semester-long block courses. In Physical Science, students are introduced conceptually to a broad overview of Physics and Chemistry. They study big ideas in science such as motion and forces, electricity and magnetism, waves, the properties of matter, and the way matter interacts. These ideas act as a foundation for our entire understanding of the natural world. There is an emphasis on activities, labs, and projects that connect this content to real-world situations.
In Physics, students are introduced to Physics both conceptually and mathematically. They study the nature of matter and energy, with the course putting an emphasis on the branch of physics known as mechanics. Major topics studied include kinematics, force, energy, momentum, waves, fluids, and basic DC circuits. Students experience a number of learning activities including mini-lectures, group discussions, independent reading, laboratory activities, inquiry-based explorations, and computer simulations.
The topics covered in Honors Physics are very similar to Physics, except that some topics are covered in more depth. This course also involves more mathematical problem solving than in academic Physics.