AP Physics

Course SA76|

Juniors, Seniors (Elective) 1.0 Credit

AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based course in general physics that mirrors an introductory level university physics course. This advanced placement course allows students to develop a conceptual framework for general physics and an appreciation of science as a process. General physics topics presented during the course closely follow those outlined by the College Board and AP Physics 1 is organized around six big ideas that bring together the fundamental science principles and theories of general physics. The students will participate in inquiry-based labs of these topics to gain a more conceptual understanding of these physics concepts. Students will be required to develop critical thinking and reasoning skills. Students must have strong algebraic 46 and geometric skills. Students will have a challenging summer assignment and are required to take the AP Physics 1 exam in May.

Prerequisites: Students taking AP Physics must have completed a physics course previously, and earned an A in General Physics. Seniors must have completed Chemistry with a B+ or Honors Chemistry with a B, Algebra II and Geometry with a B+ or Honors Algebra II and Honors Geometry with a B. Juniors must have completed Honors Biology with a B+, and Honors Algebra II with a B+. A strong background in Algebra and Geometry is necessary. Students are strongly encouraged to take Pre-Calculus concurrently with this course. It is strongly suggested that students have completed precalculus. If a student is not enrolled in pre-calculus the student must learn certain topics from trigonometry independently. A great deal of independent work is required for this course.


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