Advanced Placement Physics I

AP Physics 1 is the equivalent of the first semester of an introductory, algebra-based Physics college course.  Because this course is yearlong, students will have time to develop deeper conceptual understanding through student-centered, inquiry-based instruction and to master foundational physics principles while engaging in science practices to earn credit or placement.  Students explore principles of Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits.  The course is based on six Big Ideas, which encompass core scientific principles, theories, and processes that cut across traditional boundaries and provide a broad way of thinking about the physical world.