AP Physics 1

  • Name:

    AP® Physics 1 (PHYS550)

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  • 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


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.


If you are searching for a course that is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course, then AP® Physics 1 is for you. Are you interested in cultivating your understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics such as Newtonian mechanics, work, energy, power, mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits? Are you fascinating by how the world operates and the laws that govern our universe? Are you ready to be challenged in a rigorous course where you will apply the mathematics that you have learned and see how math is written into all of creation? Are you excited about taking your knowledge of the physical universe to the next level? You will learn more than just physics as you venture into the challenging world of AP® Physics 1. It is an opportunity to investigate the designed, dynamic, and diverse world that God has graciously created for each of us to explore. If you are ready, come join 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.


Learning about the world through Physics is amazing

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