Advanced Placement (AP)Download PDF Physics

Credit Hours: 1.0

Course Length: 2 Semesters

Course Description

AP Physics is a yearlong introduction to the algebra-based major areas of physics – mechanics, fluids, waves, optics, electricity, magnetism, and modern physics (atomic and nuclear). Students learn to think like scientists: making predictions based on observations, writing hypothesis, designing and completing experiments, and reaching conclusions based on the analysis of data derived from these experiments. Students apply the concepts of physics to their everyday experiences, current events, and issues in science and engineering. The course provides opportunities for guided inquiry and student-centered learning to foster critical thinking skills.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Read, understand, and interpret physical information
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in explaining and solving algebra-based problems in the major areas of physics
  3. Apply the concepts and procedures of scientific reasoning to understanding physics phenomenon
  4. Perform experiments, interpret the results of observations, and communicate results

Course Prerequisites

Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Physics and teacher recommendation. Trigonometry with one year of Physics highly recommended

Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials

Graphic Calculator, AP Physics Lab Kit

Title: Principles with Applications
Publisher: Pearson Education Inc.

Course Outline

  1. Mathematics and Science Review
  2. Data Collection and Analysis
  3. Motion in One Dimension
  4. Motion in Two Dimensions
  5. Static Equilibrium
  6. Dynamic Equilibrium
  7. Systems of Two or More Objects
  8. Forces, Work and Work-Energy Theorem
  9. Conservation of Energy
  10. Power
  11. Simple Harmonic Motion, Springs, and the Pendulum
  12. Gravity and Orbits
  13. Momentum & Impulse
  14. Circular Motion & Torque
  15. Density and Pressure
  16. Buoyancy
  17. Fluids in Motion
  18. Temperature and Heat
  19. Ideal Gases
  20. Thermodynamics
  21. Semester Exam
  22. Charge and Coulomb’s Law
  1. Electric Field and Electric Potential
  2. Electrostatics with Conductors
  3. Capacitors
  4. Currents, Resistance, & Power
  5. Direct Currents
  6. Capacitors in Circuits
  7. Magnetic Fields
  8. Electromagnetic Induction
  9. Traveling Waves
  10. Wave Propagation
  11. Standing Waves
  12. Physical Optics
  13. Geometric Optics
  14. Mirrors
  15. Lenses
  16. Atomic Physics and Quantum Effects
  17. Atomic Energy Levels and Wave-Particle Duality
  18. Nuclear Physics
  19. Preparing for the Exam
  20. The Final Exam
  21. Post World War II Civil Rights Legislation