AP Physics 1

AP Physics 1 (offered alternating years 2016-17, 2018-2019)

Pre-Requisite:  Physical Science and Biology

Co-Requisite:  Advanced Algebra

Physics is a branch of Physical Science that deals with the fundamental principles of the Universe, matter and energy, and their interactions.  General concepts that are discussed in the course include:

  • Kinematics and Newtonian Dynamics
  • Circular Motion and Universal Gravitation
  • Conservation of Linear Momentum
  • Rotational Kinematics and Dynamics
  • Simple Harmonic Motion and Periodicity

Lessons are reinforced through various activities, including laboratory and other inquiry-based projects, including student-initiated laboratory exercises.  Students have the opportunity to utilize numerous distinct laboratory environments that are created both in and out of the classroom to visualize and conceptualize the abstract laws of Physics that govern motion and the laws of the universe.  Many different types of laboratory activities are completed throughout the course, and Vernier LabPro technology is referenced and used often.  This course will provide students with a strong foundation in the fundamental concepts of Physics and prepare them for an introductory-level laboratory-based Physics course in college or technical school.

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