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Science Department » AP PHYSICS I



#1220      AP Physics I        NCAA Approved
Grades: 11-12       Elective       Year Long       Credit: 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. No prior course work in physics is necessary.

This course is designed to provide students with an accelerated hands-on, academic opportunity to study Physics I. They are given a more detailed approach to all aspects of Physics I.

AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course that explores topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. Through inquiry-based learning, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills.

Grades may be assigned based on daily work, homework, research projects, oral presentations, labs, Physics Olympics Events, quizzes and tests. All students will be required to take the AP Exam, a final exam may be given at the discretion of the teacher.