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AP® PHYSICS-1

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AP® PHYSICS-1

Taught By:  William Funderburk or Dr. Charles Vaughan
Credit:  1 unit AP® credit
Co-requisite: Trigonometry or Foundations of Math
Length:  1 year

Topics Covered:  Kinematics, work, energy, power, rotational kinematics, materials, mechanical waves and sound, and an introduction to circuits

AP®Physics-1 is an algebra and trigonometry based course which provides a college-level introduction to the principles of Newtonian mechanics including rotational motion.  The course is designed to be equivalent to a university’s first semester of introductory algebra-based physics. Successful completion of this course will provide the student with a solid foundation in the topics of kinematics, work, energy, power, mechanical waves and sound, and an introduction to circuits.  Critical thinking and reasoning skills are developed through inquiry-based laboratory experiences. The lab-based course is designed to prepare students to take the AP® Physics-1 examination, which is administered each May.

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