AP Physics I
Credits: 1 Credit Hour
Estimated Completion Time: 2 segments / 32-36 weeks
Pre-requisites: There are no prerequisite courses. 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.
To some, physics may seem like just a jumble of numbers, symbols and equations. But as the name implies, physics is the subject that seeks to explain, model and predict our physical world.
Throughout the ages, physics has used the language of mathematics to push at the boundaries of human spiritual and philosophical thought. AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course.
Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore these topics: kinematics; dynamics; circular motion and gravitation; energy; momentum; simple harmonic motion; torque and rotational motion; electric charge and electric force; DC circuits; and mechanical waves and sound.
College Course Equivalent AP Physics 1 is a full-year course that is the equivalent of a first-semester introductory college course in algebra-based physics.