11th – 12th Grade
    Credit – 1
    Full Year

    Prerequisite: Excellent skills in Algebra, at least concurrent enrollment in Geometry, or by teacher recommendation

    AP Physics I is a rigorous treatment of the classical physics areas of mechanics, mechanical waves, and introductory electric circuits.  It is the equivalent of a typical first semester, algebra-based college physics course.  Physical models will be developed through laboratory investigation in the areas of one and two-dimensional kinematics, Newton’s laws, energy, circular motion, gravitation, linear momentum, rotational motion, oscillations, mechanical waves, sound, and introductory electric circuits.  Students will submit lab reports for each laboratory investigation.  Students will be required to solve problems mathematically, with extensive use of proportional and symbolic reasoning.  The ability to translate between multiple representations of physical models will be emphasized.  The course is designed to provide excellent preparation for students considering the study of science, medicine, or engineering in college.  Students who successfully complete the course will be well-prepared for, and expected to take, the College Board Advanced Placement Physics I examination in May.  Except when recommended by the instructor, students should have successfully completed Freshman Physics or Honors Freshman Physics prior to enrollment in AP Physics I.
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