The AP Physics 1 course has been designed by the College Board as a course equivalent to the algebra-based college-level physics class. At the end of the course, students will take the AP Physics 1 Exam.
This course focuses on problem solving techniques and the connection of physics applications to synthesize solutions to complex problems. The emphasis on theoretical topics, critical thinking and problem solving makes this a rigorous course. Mathematics is used to
illuminate physical situations rather than to show off a student’s manipulative abilities.
The content for the course is based on six big ideas:
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 occurs 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 phenomenon.
AP Physics 1 Online Resources
AP Physics College Board