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Physics is an amazing subject like no other. It is (perhaps) the most fundamental of the sciences. Learning physics will change the way you view the world. It will enhance your understanding of WHY the physical world works the way it does. Physics also reveals a certain beauty and elegance waiting to be found in the mathematics used to explain our observations. Students will also learn laboratory skills, computer skills, and error-analysis skills that will serve them well in any post-secondary studies.

AP Physics 1 is a year-long algebra-based course that corresponds to approximately one semester of university-level physics. This is course is in its infancy, being rewritten from the AP Physics B curriculum for the 2014-2015 school year. I hope to draw on last year's experience to greatly improve the course and the students' learning experience.

The course focuses on depth of learning and lab experience in exchange for learning less content than AP Physics B. A passing score typically earns 4 or 5 college credit hours (Each college/university sets its own rules & guidelines in regards to AP scores. Speak with your admissions counselor for further details).

The major topics covered in AP Physics 1 are:

  • Kinematics in One and Two Dimensions
  • Circular Kinematics
  • Newton’s Laws and Their Applications
  • Uniform Circular Motion
  • Newton’s Law of Gravity
  • Kepler’s Laws
  • Linear Momentum
  • Angular Momentum
  • Work and Energy
  • Oscillatory Motion
  • Mechanical Waves
  • Basic Electrostatics
  • DC Circuits

More details, including the 7 Science Practices the College Board deems as necessary to truly learning physics, can be found in the document “Learning Objectives – AP Physics 1 and 2” found in the "Course Documents" folder below.


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