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AP Physics 1
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Are you fascinated by motion, gravity, mechanics, or electricity? Learn all about these topics and more in AP Physics 1. AP Physics 1 is an introductory physics course. It covers many of the same topics as a standard or honors physics course with the added benefit of AP credit after passing the AP exam. Through interactive media, labs, inquiry projects and assignments, this course investigates Newtonian mechanics, gravitation, harmonic motion, wave motion, electrostatics and circuitry. Heavy emphasis is placed on problem solving and quantitative reasoning. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra 2 and concurrently taking Precalculus.

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SEMESTER 1
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Unit 1: Kinematics
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  • Motion in One Dimension
  • Motion in Two Dimensions
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Unit 2: Dynamics, Newton's Laws
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  • Newton's 1st, 2nd and 3rd Laws
  • Applications of Newton's Laws
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Unit 3: Work, Energy and Conservation of Energy
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  • Work and work energy theorem
  • Conservative forces and potential energy
  • Conservation of Energy & Power
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Unit 4: Center of Mass Impulse and Momentum
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  • Center of mass & impulse and momentum
  • Conservation of Linear Momentum, collisions
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Unit 5: UCM and Gravitation
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  • UCM
  • Universal Gravitation & Orbits of Planets and Satellites
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SEMESTER 2
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Unit 6: Simple Harmonic Motion
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  • Simple Harmonic Motion & mass on a spring & Pendulums and other oscillators
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Unit 7: Rotational Motion
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  • Torque and Rotational Statics & Rotational Kinematics and Dynamics & Rotational Inertia
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Unit 8: Electrostatics
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  • Electric Charge and Coulomb’s law
  • Electric Fields
  • Electric Potential
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Unit 9: DC Circuits with Resistors
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  • Current Resistance Power
  • DC circuits with batteries and resistors & Capacitors in Circuits
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Unit 10: Mechanical Waves and Sound
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  • Wave basics & Properties of Travelling Waves & Properties of Standing Waves
  • Sound Waves and the Doppler Shift
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If you want to receive “a-g” credit, please note that hands-on wet labs are required. Make sure that your school can provide the equipment and supervision necessary. An alternate method of satisfying “a-g” requirements appears on the UC Admissions page, and requires a “Score of 3, 4 or 5 on any two AP Exams in Biology, Chemistry, Physics (B, C, 1 or 2) and Environmental Science; score of 5, 6 or 7 on any two IB HL exams in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.” OUT-OF-STATE SCHOOLS: Schools not interested in “a-g” credit are welcome to use the online portion of the course without providing wet labs but should know that wet labs constitute 20-25% of the full course.