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AP Physics 1 (NCAA Approved)

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Open to: Grades 9 - 12

Prerequisites: Qualifying math score and completion of Trigonometry

Course Format: Session Based. See calendar for session dates and application deadlines.

Course Length: 30 weeks (Academic Year) or 12 weeks (intensive Winter, Early Summer, Mid-summer)

Recommended School Credit: One academic year

Student Expectations: Students are strongly encouraged to work an average of 15-20 hours per week for intensive 12-week sessions with no breaks, and 8-10 hours per week for the 30-week session with breaks for holidays.

Course Code: APH1

Course Description

Description

The course provides students with an introductory experience in the concepts and methods of physical analysis, focused on classical mechanics and simple electrical circuits.  Building the ability to reason qualitatively and quantitatively is a primary focus, with inquiry and investigation, modeling and diagramming, symbolic algebra, unit analysis, communication and argumentation, laboratory techniques, data analysis, and integration and application of concepts as emphasized skills.

Students have the primary responsibility for building understanding, with the instructor as a resource and guide. Students will spend instructional time engaging with the textbook, online lecture videos, simulations, online discussions, hands-on labs (constituting 25% of instructional time), problem-solving screencasts, online homework problems, and tests/exams.

Major course themes include:

  • Kinematics
  • Dynamics
  • Conservation Laws
  • Rotation
  • Oscillations and Gravitation
  • Mechanical Waves and Sound
  • Charge, Current, and Circuits

This course includes a laboratory component designed to meet College Board standards and has been reviewed and approved by the College Board. Hands-on labs require a materials kit that also must be purchased separately by the student.

AP Physics 1 is the equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. This demanding course requires a substantial time commitment during the entire session and should not be combined with other CTY courses.

A free, online placement test is available to determine if the student has the math skills needed to enroll in this course.

Materials Needed

Students must purchase a required textbook and lab kit for this course:

Knight, College Physics: A Strategic Approach Technology Update, 3rd edition, with Mastering Physics. Pearson Addison-Wesley.
ISBN-13: 978-0134167831

AP Physics 1 Lab Kit

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

Unit 1: Kinematics

Representations of Motion

  • Graphical
  • Diagrammatic
  • Algebraic

1D Motion

  • Instantaneous and Average Velocity
  • Acceleration

Vectors

  • Components
  • Addition
  • Magnitude and Angle

2D Motion

  • Projectile Motion
  • Relative Motion

Unit 2: Dynamics

Identifying Interactions

  • Normal Forces
  • Tension
  • Friction
  • Drag
  • Springs
  • Weight

Newton’s Laws

  • Inertia
  • Balanced and Unbalanced Forces
  • Free-body Diagrams
  • Net Force Equations

Machines

  • Inclines
  • Atwood Machines

Uniform Circular Motion

  • Velocity and Period
  • Centripetal Acceleration
  • Reference Frames

Unit 3: Conservation Laws

Linear Momentum

  • Isolated Systems
  • Center of Mass Velocity
  • Collision Types
  • Energy in Collisions

Impulse

  • Graphical Analysis
  • Connection to Newton’s Second Law

Energy

  • Hooke’s Law
  • Mechanical Energy
  • Kinetic Energy
  • Gravitational Potential Energy
  • Elastic Potential Energy

Work

  • Dot Products
  • Constant Forces
  • Conservative and Non-conservative Forces
  • Graphical Analysis
  • Work-Energy Theorem
  • Power

Unit 4: Rotation

Motion: Translation vs. Rotation

Angular Kinematics

  • Displacement
  • Velocity
  • Acceleration
  • Relating Angular and Linear Quantities

Rotational Inertia

  • Common Shapes
  • Parallel Axis Theorem

Energy in Rotation

  • Kinetic Energy
  • Conservation

Torque

  • Cross Products
  • Static Equilibrium
  • Dynamics

Angular Momentum

  • Vector
  • Conservation
  • Relationship to Torque

Unit 5: Oscillations and Gravitation

Simple Harmonic Motion

  • Period and Frequency
  • Amplitude
  • Graphs

Dynamics and Energy

  • Restoring Forces
  • Damping and Driving
  • Energy Conservation

Oscillators

  • Springs
  • Simple Pendula
  • Physical Pendula

Gravitation

  • Fundamental Forces
  • Inverse Square Law
  • Circular Orbits
  • Gravitational Potential Energy
  • Escape Speed

Elliptical Orbits

  • Kepler’s Laws
  • Angular Momentum
  • Energy

Unit 6: Mechanical Waves and Sound

Wave Motion

  • Medium
  • Wave Types
  • Wave Quantities
  • Wave Speed

Interference and Reflection

  • Superposition
  • Phase Change
  • Standing Waves

Sound

  • Resonance
  • Beats
  • Doppler Effect

Unit 7: Charge, Current, and Circuits

Static Electricity

  • Charges
  • Conservation
  • Coulomb’s Law
  • Conductors and Insulators
  • Induction

DC Circuits

  • Current
  • Potential Difference
  • Resistance
  • Power
  • Kirchhoff’s Laws

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Technical Requirements

This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

This course requires that the student use a web browser with the Adobe Flash plugin. Note that many tablets and handhelds (particularly the iPad) do not support Flash and cannot view the lessons.

This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile appStudents who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin installed to watch recorded meetings. The Adobe Connect Add-in, Adobe Flash plugin, and Adobe Connect Mobile app are available for free download. Students who do not have the Flash plug-in installed or enabled on their browsers will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect add-in when accessing the virtual classroom.