• Name:

    AP® Physics 1 (PHYS550)

  • Department:


  • Credits:

    1.0 (yearlong course)

  • Prerequisites:

    Algebra 2 (MATH 300/350); A grade of an 85% or higher in the science course taken the previous year. Physics is an applied mathematics course. The Algebra 2 pre-requisite for this course is essential. Trigonometry is highly suggested as a pre/co-requisite. No prior course work in physics is required.

AP® Physics 1


The course provides students with an introductory experience in the concepts and methods of physical analysis, focused on classical mechanics and simple electrical circuits. Building the ability to reason qualitatively and quantitatively is a primary focus, with inquiry and investigation, modeling and diagramming, symbolic algebra, unit analysis, communication and argumentation, laboratory techniques, data analysis, and integration and application of concepts as emphasized skills. Students will spend instructional time engaging with the textbook, online lecture videos, simulations, online discussions, hands-on labs (constituting 25% of instructional time), problem-solving screencasts, online homework problems, and tests/exams. AP® Physics 1 is the equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra based physics. This demanding course requires a substantial time commitment.

Special Notes:

If you are planning to take the AP® exam associated with this course, then be aware that beginning in Fall 2019 the College Board requires that all students register in October of each school year to take the exam which is held in early May. You must make your decision early. There are penalties associated with late registration and with registering and then deciding not to take the exam at a later date. Please plan accordingly. For more information or if you have more questions, please visit  https://apcentral.collegeboard.org . Once on the site, search Home-Schooled Students to find information on locating testing locations near you.

As an online school, NorthStar Academy is not a testing center. We are a certified AP course provider. Students must locate a face to face school in their local area that will allow them to sit the exam with their students.

This version of the course is not Dual Credit eligible. To receive Dual Credit, you must register for the DC version of this course, if available.


Are you fascinated by the world around you and the laws that govern the universe? Do you like to solve problems and explore how math can be used to explain physical phenomena? Then AP® Physics 1 is for you! AP® Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course that explores topics such as Newtonian mechanics; energy and momentum; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory circuits. It will allow you to cultivate your understanding of Physics through hands-on experiments, simulations and videos. It will also encourage you to explore the amazing world God has designed and how creation reveals His greatness and His love for us.

If there are books and materials for this course, they can be purchased from our Online Bookstore.

Student Feedback

I really enjoyed the way that the work was laid out each week because it was easy to know what I had to do and what was expected each week.

The videos were helpful in understanding many of the materials.


Learning about the world through Physics is amazing

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