Mr. Nicholas Gerontakis

Phone: (205) 228-4000

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

MSc. Physics BSc. Math/Physics MA Education BA European History/Business Administration

Mr. Nicholas Gerontakis

 

I am both an experienced researcher and teacher. Academically, I hold an advanced degreee in physics (thesis research was in experimental laboratory astrophysics), and have graduate hours in mathematics (researched gamma function, hypergeometric function, cylindrical harmonics and spherical harmonics {special functions} and graduate differential geometry). Professionally, I was employed as a research physicist at Physical Reserach Corporation, Boeing Aerospace and Mission Research Corporation. My research endeavors included nuclear phenomenology, infrared physics, systems analysis and mathematical modeling, all in support of America's 'Star Wars' program. As a result of 'Glasnost' and 'Perestroika', my career emphasis shifted to education. I taught physics and physical science at Woodlawn (6 years), and ACT Math and Science prep at Birmingham City Schools. I taught AP Physics C (calculus-based physics), pre-IB honors, accelerated geometry, pre-IB, honors, accelerated alegebra II, and IB Math Studies (included introductory differential calculus, IB probability and statistics, symbolic logic, applied precal topics, matrices, transformations, and vectors) at Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School (17 years). My teaching responsibilites at JCIB also included directing applied statistics research of IB Diploma Programme candidates, and serving as advisor for IB Extended Essays (a 3000 word research project researched, structured and drafted by students in accordance with rigorous IB standards). During my tenure at JCIB, the academic program ranked first nationally, and first in the State of Alabama. JCIB students matriculated yearly into honors programs, not only at the University of Alabama, UAB, and Auburn University, but also MIT, Harvard, Yale, Cal-Tech, UCLA, Georgia Tech, Oxford, Loyola, Dartmouth, Vanderbilt, etc. My hope is to share the benefits acquired from many years of research and teaching experience with my students at HTHS.

During the academic year 2017-2018, I was privileged to teach AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 to a very talented group of juniors and seniors at Hewitt-Trussville High School. I challenged my students to think critically, and endeavored to help provide them not only with a strong conceptual foundation in physics, but also with a skills set that integrated mathematics concepts and processes with physics concepts and processes to better prepare them academically for physics and engineering courses in college.

On a personal note, I have been happily married for the last 20 years to my wonderful wife Catherine, and have 2 lovely step daughters. My hobbies include travel, puzzles. reading, and cooking.

 

 

  • WISH LIST

    Kleenex

    Paper Towels

    Hand Sanitizer

    Clorox wipes

    Dry erase markers 

    Windex

    STUDENT SUPPLY LIST

    3 ring binder with paper

    pencils & erasers

    GRAPHING CALCULATOR WITH BATTERIES

     

     

     

    AP Physics 1

    Curriculum content includes vectors, kinematic equations of motion, waves, simple harmonic motion, rotational dynamics, gravitation, electrostatics, and circuits. Students  acquire an appreciation and deeper understanding of physics concepts, principles and processes through modeling, experimentation, and problem-solving. Because AP Physics 1 is designed to prepare students for further study in physics at the college level, appropriate levels of rigor are observed. Preparation includes the robust integration of mathematics principles and processes necessary to develop not only the quantification and concept skills set for deriving closed-form and computational/experimentally-based solutions of physics problems, but also the development of critical thinking and reasoning skills. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

    AP Physics 2

    AP Physics 2 content includes vectors, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, RC circuits, physical and geometric optics, and topics in modern physics. As with physics 1, students acquire an appreciation and deeper understanding of physics concepts, principles and processes through modeling, experimentation and problem-solving. Because AP Physics 2 is designed to prepare students for further study in physics and engineering at the college level. appropriate levels of rigor are observed. Preparation includes the robust integration of mathematics principles and processes necessary to develop not only the quantification and concept skills set for deriving closed-form and computational/experimentally-based solutions of physics problems/applications, but also the the development of critical thinking and reasoning skills.