AP Physics 1

AP Physics 1: An 11th or 12th grade Core/Elective Course

Teacher: Ms. Katzenstein; E-mail: skatzenstein@mvusd.net

Students who enroll in this course should have previously earned an ‘A’ or ‘B’ in a prior Honors/AP Science course.

Students who are serious about majoring in a STEM subject in college in preparation for a medical or engineering career need to take AP Physics in addition to AP Biology and AP Chemistry. This means that at some point, a student will be taking two science classes during the same school year.

Download the full course description from the document box below.

Course Description as stated by CollegeBoard: 

"AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits.

Students explore principles of Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. The course is based on six Big Ideas, which encompass core scientific principles, theories, and processes that cut across traditional boundaries and provide a broad way of thinking about the physical world. The following are Big Ideas:

• Objects and systems have properties such as mass and charge. Systems may have internal structure.

• Fields existing in space can be used to explain interactions.

• The interactions of an object with other objects can be described by forces.

• Interactions between systems can result in changes in those systems.

• Changes that occur as a result of interactions are constrained by conservation laws.

• 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."