AP Physics I

This is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. It is a full-year course oriented to prepare students for the study of physics in college and for the AP Physics 1 exam. Students who choose not to take the AP Physics 1 exam are still welcome to enroll in the course; they will have an adapted set of assignments and grades but the same range of content.

The course explores fundamental physics topics involving motion, forces, and energy using a combination of experiment, observation, and theory. Studying linear, as Newtonian mechanics applied to linear, circular, and harmonic motion; work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and an introduction to simple electric circuits. Hands-on laboratory work is part of every unit of study. To meet the expectations on the AP exam, students will practice solving problems, answering conceptual questions, writing laboratory reports, and developing their own experiments.
Prerequisites: Pre-calculus preferred or Algebra II with faculty approval