AP Physics 1 Student Syllabus
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The AP Physics 1 course has been designed by the College Board as a course equivalent to an algebra-based college-level physics class. The course focuses on the interconnections between the various strands and units contained in the course syllabus and how each contributes to the “Big Ideas” that provide a core foundation for this science course. Problem solving techniques and strategies are fined tuned throughout the year, and students are continually tasked with connecting physics applications learned in different units in order to synthesize solutions to complex problems. The emphasis on theoretical topics, critical thinking and problem solving makes this class challenging. Mathematics is used to illuminate physical situations. Students must be strong in both math and science to be successful in this course. Conceptual understanding of the material is a requirement for success. Students will be expected to write justifications and explanations of physics concepts.
The content for the course is based on six big ideas:
Big Idea 1 Objects and systems have properties such as mass and charge.
Big Idea 2 Fields existing in space can be used to explain interactions.
Big Idea 3 The interactions of an object with other objects can be described by forces.
Big Idea 4 Interactions between systems can result in changes in those systems.
Big Idea 5 Changes that occurs as a result of interactions are constrained by conservation laws.
Big Idea 6 Waves can transfer energy and momentum from one location to another without the permanent transfer of mass and serve as a mathematical model for the description of other phenomenon.
Dedicated lab notebook for Physics labs only (composition or graph paper)
Calculator, ruler for labs & ray tracing
Grading / Evaluation
100%-90% A, 89%-80% B, 79%-70% C, 69%-60% D, 59%-0 F
There is a 10% deduction in points for each day an assignment is late.
AP Physics 1 is a weighted course for grades C or higher.
Total Grade comes from: 75% Exams & Quizzes, 5% Homework, 20% Lab Reports
AP Physics 1 Course Outline
Ch. 1 Measurement, Significant figures, Conversion Factors
Ch.2 Kinematics, Motion in one dimension
Ch. 3 Projectiles, Motion in two dimensions, Vectors
Ch. 4 Newton’s Laws, Force and acceleration
Ch. 5 Circular Motion & Universal Gravity Kepler’s Laws
Ch. 6 Work, Energy & Power
Comprehensive Semester Exam
Ch. 7 Linear Momentum, Impulse & Collision
Ch. 8 Rotational Kinematics & Rotational Energy
Ch. 9 Rotational Dynamics, Torques & Static Equilibrium
Ch. 11 & 12 Vibrations, Waves & Sound
Ch. 16 Electrostatics, Electric Forces & Fields
Ch. 18 & 19 Electric Currents & Simple DC Circuits
Final Exam & Review for AP Exam
General Policies & Late Work