AP Physics 1
This lab-oriented course is a rigorous preparation for the AP Physics 1 test. This is an introductory algebra-based physics course that provides students with enduring understandings to support future advanced course work in the sciences. Through inquiry based learning, students will develop critical thinking and reasoning skills. The topics include Kinematics, Dynamics, Circular Motion, Gravitation, Simple Harmonic Motion, Impulse and Momentum, Work and Energy, Rotational Motion, Mechanical Waves, Electrostatics and DC circuits (resistors only). This course is a focused introduction into the branch of physics called mechanics with a brief introduction to electricity. This course requires that the student is currently taking or has already taken pre-calculus.
Laboratory experiments are an integral component of this class (~25%) and are used to explore key concepts. Many units will begin with a lab where the students will be an integral part in the lab design process. You will be expected to decide what and how to investigate. You will be expected to keep an informal lab notebook in a composition notebook of all lab activities and applications. You will also be expected to write formal lab reports for many of the experiments that we do these should be kept in a binder to allow the student to have a permanent record of the labs they have done to help obtain college credit.
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