This course is designed to meet the demands of the AP Physics 1 syllabus as published by the College Board. The topics covered will include Classical Mechanics, Waves and Sound, and an introduction to Electrical Circuits. This course is equivalent to a one-semester Physics course at the college level. Please contact the specific college or university for more information about the needed AP Physics score in order to receive credit.
Mathematics, including trigonometry, geometry, and algebra will be used extensively in this course to solve problems and develop relationships between physical quantities.
Topics of study for AP Physics 1 will be:
- Newton's Laws of Motion
- Rotational Motion and Angular Momentum
- Gravitational and Circular Motion
- Work, Power and Energy
- Linear Momentum
- Oscillations, Mechanical Waves, and Sound
- DC Circuits
Throughout the year, students can expect to employ critical thinking and reasoning skills as they investigate the topics of study. Observations obtained from these inquiry-based experimentations will be supported by physical models.
"This course requires that 25% of the instructional time is spent on laboratory work, with an emphasis on inquiry-based investigations that provide students with opportunities to demonstrate the foundational physics principles." - College Boards
Students should also expect that traditional classwork (homework, quizzes, tests, etc…) will also be employed and used as a primary assessment tool.
Students will be given a detail explanation of what is required for the Formal Lab Reports.
I am looking forward to a very exciting year!