AP® Physics 1 (NCAA Approved)
- Grade 9+
Explore the concepts and methods of physical analysis with a particular focus on classical mechanics and simple electrical circuits. You’ll build and understand the ability to reason qualitatively and quantitatively, with your instructor there as a resource through one-on-one virtual meetings. You’ll spend instructional time engaging with the textbook, online lectures, simulations, discussions, hands-on labs (constituting 25% of instructional time), problem-solving screencasts, homework problems, and tests/exams. This course has synchronous virtual class meetings and is equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. Because it’s so demanding and requires a substantial time commitment, this course should not be combined with other CTY courses during a session.
Meeting times: After the course begins, class meeting times will be set to match the availability and preferences of enrolled students.
Time Commitment: 8-11 hours per week (1- hour optional meeting, 8-10 hours of independent work).
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Testing and Prerequisites
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Course PrerequisitesAP® Physics 1 (NCAA Approved) requires:
Successful completion of Trigonometry
Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $15 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $20 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available
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Please acquire all course materials by the course start date. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book Title: College Physics, 11th edition*
Author: Raymond A. Serway and Chris Vuille
*E-book is accessible inside the online classroom. No purchase is necessary unless you prefer a hard copy of the book for reference.
Earning School Credit
AP - NCAA Approved
(Note: CTY does not administer AP exams. Please see the College Board site for information on AP exams.)
Recommended school credit: One academic yearLearn More
This course requires a computer with high-speed Internet access and an up-to-date web browser such as Chrome or Firefox. You must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
This course uses a virtual classroom for instructor-student communication. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client, and on tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Recorded meetings can only be viewed on a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both free to download.
Most course lectures may be viewed on mobile devices, but some assignments and quizzes must be completed on a desktop or laptop computer.
This course uses Respondus LockDown Browser proctoring software for designated assessments. LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer. Visit the Respondus website for system requirements.
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