AP Physics 1

Catalogue Description: Introductory algebra-based physics course which includes elementary problems in mechanics and waves.

Students the Course is Expected to Serve:

1. Students who are preparing for the AP Physics 1 Exam to obtain university credit.
2. Students who plan to major in the Liberal Arts, Health, Architecture and other Technical programs in college (non-engineering fields).

Course Objectives: These course objectives are intended to elaborate on the content outline for Physics 1. In addition to the content areas, objectives are included for laboratory skills, which have become an important part of the AP Physics 1 Exams. The AP Physics 1 course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester college introductory physics course. Students who do well on the AP Physics 1 exam may qualify for college credit and/or may be exempt from taking freshman-level physics courses depending on their college or university.

1. Understand Newton’s Laws of Motion and apply these laws to solve problems involving translation, circular motion, and momentum.
2. Demonstrate the ability to reformulate problems using the concept of energy and its conservation,
3. Understand the properties of fluids.
4. Understand oscillatory motion and wave mechanics.

Student Learning Outcomes: In accordance with the AP Physics 1 Curriculum, upon satisfactory completion of the course, students will be able to:

A. Convert between units of measurement.
B. Solve problems involving displacement, velocity, acceleration, and time.
C. Solve free fall problems.
D. Resolve vectors into components.
E. Add vectors graphically and analytically.
F. Solve projectile motion problems.
G. Solve problems involving Newton’s Laws of Motion
H. Calculate static and kinetic friction forces.
I. Solve circular motion problems using centripetal force and acceleration.
J. Calculate gravitational orbits.
K. Calculate work done by a force.
L. Calculate kinetic and potential energy.
M. Solve problems involving conservation of energy.
N. Calculate the power developed by a force.
O. Calculate the linear momentum of a body.
P. Solve interaction problems using conservation of linear momentum
Q. Solve rotation problems using the concepts of radians, angular velocity, angular acceleration, torque, moment of inertia, and angular momentum.
R. Calculate the forces acting on a rigid body.
S. Calculate the energy, period, frequency, and amplitude of a harmonic oscillator.
T. Calculate the frequency, period, speed, and wavelength of traveling and standing waves.
U. Calculate the intensity level of sound waves in decibels.

Topical Outline: The course will cover the following topics:

1. Units of measurement
2. Kinematics
3. Vectors
4. Newton’s Laws of Motion
5. Circular Motion
6. Work, Energy and Power
7. Linear momentum
8. Rotational Momentum
9. Bodies in Equilibrium
10. Oscillatory Motion
11. Waves
12. Sound

A more detailed breakdown of topics and curriculum outline can be found here.