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AP Physics 1 VibesUML-GHS

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About This Course

AP Physics 1 is the equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum), work, energy, and power; and mechanical waves and sound. It will also introduce electric circuits. The course will be presented in form of lectures, problem solving methods, and hands on learning through laboratory experiments. Each class will start with 10-15 minutes student led problem solving session, and follow by 20-30 minutes lecture introducing the new concepts and modeling problem solving. The remaining class time will be spent by cooperative learning and problem solving with guidance. Students will meet four times a week for the entire year. 25% of instructional time is devoted to inquiry-based laboratory investigations that foster student engagement in the practice of science through experimenting, analyzing, making conjectures and arguments, and solving problems in a collaborative setting.

This course is structured around the enduring understandings within six big ideas as described in the AP Physics Curriculum Framework: 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.


Student have already completed Algebra II with an average of B above.

Course Staff

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Joy Yan

This is my 8th year of teaching in Gardner High school. I teach both physics and chemistry this year. I have been teaching AP Physics in the last four years.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to buy a textbook?

No, textbook will be distributed to you.

Do I need a calculator for the course?

Yes, you will need a scientific calculator that include trignometry functions.

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  2. Classes Start

    Aug 03, 2015
  3. Classes End

    Jun 20, 2016
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