AP® Physics I: Algebra-Based

This course is designed to be a challenging college-level introductory physics experience; it is the equivalent of a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. This project-oriented course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy and power; and mechanical waves and sound. The course also introduces electric circuits. No prerequisite physics course is needed to qualify for this course, but students must have clearly demonstrated in previous science and math classes an ability to comprehend concepts quickly and to maintain a high level of achievement throughout the year with a strong work ethic. This course, unlike the other AP® sciences, does not require a separate AP® laboratory class component, but instead includes all laboratory experiences within the regular scheduled class times. Students enrolled in AP® Physics I are not required to take AP® Physics II. A separate AP® exam will be given at the end of each year-long course. Students may take this course with departmental approval. (Full year, 1 credit)