AP Physics 1
AP Physics 1 is a one year, algebra-based course in general physics that is comparable in scope and level to the first semester of a college physics course. The course follows the College Board AP Physics 1 curriculum and prepares students to take the AP Physics 1 exam. The content in the course is centered on six big ideas, as specified by the College Board:
Big Idea 1 – Objects and systems have properties such as mass and charge. Systems may have internal structure.
Big Idea 2 – Fields existing in space can be used to explain interactions.
Big Idea 3 – The interactions of an object with other objects can be described by forces.
Big Idea 4 – Interactions between systems can result in changes in those systems.
Big Idea 5 – Changes that occur as a result of interactions are constrained by conservation laws.
Big Idea 6 – Waves can transfer energy and momentum from one location to another without the permanent transfer of mass and serve as a mathematical model for the description of other phenomena.
The emphasis in this course is on student-centered learning through inquiry, in which students are expected to develop the principles of physics for themselves.