AP® Physics 1

  • Name:

    AP® Physics 1 (PHYS550)

  • Department:

    Science

  • Credits:

    1.0 (yearlong course)

  • Suggested Prerequisites:

    No prior course work in physics is necessary for students to enroll in AP® Physics 1. Students should have completed geometry and be concurrently taking Algebra II or an equivalent course. Although the Physics 1 course includes basic use of trigonometric functions, this understanding can be gained either in the concurrent math course or in the AP® Physics 1 course itself.

AP® Physics 1

Description:

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.

FROM THE TEACHER

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.

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Student Feedback

It was quite organized and easy to follow.

Lee Sun

The videos were helpful in understanding many of the materials.

Junwon

Learning about the world through Physics is amazing

Julie
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