AP Physics

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AP Physics 1 


AP Physics 1 is the first of a two­ year sequence that is designed to prepare students to take the AP Physics 1 examination. This course is organized around six big ideas combining together the fundamental science principles and theories of a general physics college course. It begins by integrating the use of trigonometric functions into Algebra-Based Physics topics of mechanics, waves, sound waves and electricity. This allows students to solve problems with vectors that are oriented at arbitrary angles; rather than just parallel or perpendicular to one another.

This course emphasizes problem solving in the context of the principles of physical laws and principles; as well as the ability to apply that knowledge and skill to phenomena in either an experimental or theoretical setting. Great attention is given to strengthening and reinforcing the natural connections between the sciences and real world.

Students are required to take the AP Physics 1 exam. 


We will use the following textbook and online materials for this course:


1. Progressive Science Initiative AP Physics 1 digital textbook course documents from the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning.

2. Giancoli. Physics. 5thed revised Pearson, 2004.

You will need the following supplies in order to have a successful school year. None of these will be supplied for you

  • Binder -  for all handouts
  • notebook
  • Lined paper - For problem solving
  • Pen / Pencil / eraser 
  • Scientific or Graphing Calculator


Your grade for each marking period will be based on the following:


            Tests                                   40%

            Quizzes                              20%

            Labs & Activities               20%

            Homework and Homework Quizzes  20%


Please be aware of the school’s policy on honors course weighting in your student handbook.

Unit 1. Kinematics 
Unit 2. Dynamics 
Unit 3. Circular Motion and Universal Gravitation 
Unit 4. Energy 
Unit 5. Impulse and Momentum 
Unit 6. Simple Harmonic Motion
Unit 7. Waves & Sound Waves  
Unit 8. Rotational Motion
Unit 10. Electric Current and Simple DC Circuits