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High School AP Physics I

Pre Requisites

Recommended Geometry and Algebra II (Or concurrently)


AP Physics I is an algebra-based, introductory physics course that will guide students through a college-level learning experience. This two-segment course is designed for students to develop an understanding of physics through rich content, engaging activities, and inquiry-based laboratory. Students will explore concepts such as analyzing motion, force interactions, energy, rotational motion, waves, and periodic motion. Students cultivate their understanding of physics through classroom study, in-class activity, and virtual and hands-on, inquiry-based laboratory work as they explore concepts like systems, fields, force interactions, change, conservation, and waves.

Segment One

Module 01 - Kinematics

·       Position, velocity, and acceleration

·       Vectors

·       Graphical representations of motion

·       One-dimensional motion

·       Two-dimensional motion

Module 02 - Forces and Motion

·       Projectile motion

·       Systems

·       Contact forces

·       Free-body diagrams

·       Mass and weight

·       Newton’s first, second, and third laws

·       Applications of Newton’s laws

Module 03 - Circular Motion and Gravitation

·       Fundamental forces

·       Gravitation

·       Gravity on other planets

·       Circular motion

·       Orbital motion

·       Applications of circular motion and gravitation


Segment Two

Module 04 - Energy

·       Systems and energy

·       Work

·       Mechanical energy

·       Kinetic and potential energy

·       Conservation of energy

·       Work-energy principle

·       Power

Module 05 - Momentum and Oscillations

·       Momentum

·       Impulse

·       Changes in momentum

·       Conservation of momentum

·       Collisions

·       Simple harmonic motion

·       Pendulums

Module 06 - Rotational Motion

·       Rotational kinematics

·       Torque

·       Angular acceleration

·       Moment of inertia

·       Rotational dynamics

·       Angular momentum

·       Conservation of angular momentum

·       Rolling motion

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