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AP Physics

Course Description

AP Physics is a course that delves deeply into understanding how things work – using the foundations you’ve built in both of these areas of study. Students will complete the equivalent of a first semester course in college physics studying mechanics topics that include projectile motion, circular motion and gravitation, energy, linear and angular momentum, waves. In addition, electricity topics covered include electrostatics and DC circuits. Students will focus on experimentation to develop conceptual understanding of physics principles. Throughout the course, students will integrate their math skills (Algebra and basic Trigonometry) to design and analyze investigations and solve multistep problems.

*The AP Physics class is designed to take the AP Physics 1 exam. Therefore, students should either be in Calculus or in Precalculus Honors with exceptional grades in Algebra II.

Grade Level(s): 10th-12th

Curricula for Advanced Placement (AP) courses are created by the American College Board, which offers high level coursework and exams to high school students.  Colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on examinations.  Curriculum for each subject area is created by a panel of experts and college-level educators in that field of study.  The Course Overview for Physics 1 can be viewed HEREThe Course & Exam Description (CED) can be found HERE.  

Course-Level Scope & Sequence (Units &/or Skills)

  • Unit 1: Kinematics
  • Unit 2: Dynamics
  • Unit 3: Circular Motion and Gravitation
  • Unit 4: Energy
  • Unit 5: Momentum
  • Unit 6: Simple Harmonic Motion
  • Unit 7: Torque and Rotational Motion

Date Last Updated: 2017