AP Physics

Credit Hours: 1.0

Course Length: 2 Semesters

Course Description

This Advanced Placement Physics Course is equivalent to a full-year introductory college-level course, for scientists and engineers, which introduces the main principles of Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism. The rigor and pace of this course is consistent with that of many major colleges and universities, and will prepare students for the two-part Advanced Placement Examination in May on 1) Mechanics and 2) Electricity and Magnetism.

AP® Physics C builds upon prior knowledge of Physics. Students will investigate topics such as Newton’s Laws of motion, energy, linear and angular momentum, gravitation, oscillatory motion, electric and magnetic fields, Gauss’s Law, circuits and Faraday’s Law. The course uses complex mathematical problem solving techniques, including differential and integral calculus, as well as a variety of textbook and multimedia resources, and hands-on and virtual experiments, in order to develop a deeper understanding of physics. Throughout the course, students will engage in collaborative activities such as class discussions, contribute to class data, attend regular “lab meetings”, and document their experimental findings in a laboratory notebook. AP practice quizzes and unit exams will help prepare students for the AP examination. Due to the rigor and pace of the content, this course is designed to challenge extremely motivated students who have a strong interest in Physics.

Course Prerequisites

  • Grade of B+ or better in prior full-year, algebra-based Physics class. (Note: an introductory physical science course does not meet this prerequisite.
  • Recommendation by former Physics teacher.
  • Completion or co-enrollment in AP Calculus.

Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials

Students will need to access a number of YouTube videos throughout the course.

Major Concepts

To provide opportunity through advanced study of physics for students to engage in and develop seven key science practices:

  1. use representations and models to communicate scientific phenomena and solve scientific problems
  2. identify and use appropriate mathematics
  3. engage in scientific questioning to extend thinking or guide investigations within the context of the AP course
  4. plan and implement data collection strategies appropriate to a particular scientific question
  5. perform data analysis and evaluation of evidence
  6. analyze, evaluate, and interpret scientific explanations and theories
  7. connect and relate knowledge across various scales, concepts and representations, in and across domains