AP Physics 1 is a yearlong course designed to develop your scientific reasoning skills and inspire in you a greater appreciation for God’s handiwork displayed in the laws of nature. The course will cover mechanics, waves, and electricity. You will explore these topics through interactive reading activities, animations, class discussions and online research, as well as in the laboratory. The main resource for the course is College Physics by Wilson, Buffa, and Lou (7th edition). The course also relies heavily on The Physics Classroom (www.physicsclassroom.com), an online resource created by a physics teacher and now supported by NSF. Your coursework will include reading and completing self-check assignments, problem solving, assignments based on simulations provided by PhET (phet.colorado.edu), lab work and data analysis using logger pro, class discussions, and exams. This course is designed to prepare you for success on the AP exam and college level physics courses. The math in the course includes algebra, geometry, and right triangle trigonometry.
This is a yearlong course consisting of 10 units. Upon successful completion students will receive 1 credit towards high school graduation.
Required Course Materials
Please access the list of course materials from the OC Online book ordering system and order your materials as soon as possible. Oftentimes, course materials are on back order and you may experience a delay in receiving them, causing students to fall behind in their online coursework. When ordering used or rented materials, be careful that online access codes are also current.
Methods of Instruction & Evaluation
Studying physics will require that you engage with the material in as many ways as possible. This will include reading, observing demonstrations, discussing ideas with your classmates, performing labs, analyzing data, and completing lots of problem solving. How will you know if you understand the concepts? And how will you earn you grade?
Students will demonstrate mastery through the following formative and summative assessments: