Advanced Placement Physics 1

This course is the equivalent of a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics and is taught over a full academic year. This course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum), work, energy, power, mechanical waves and sound. It also introduces     electric circuits. Students will develop a deep conceptual understanding of the   content by focusing on applying their knowledge through inquiry-based labs, in-depth explorations of topics, and through the   development and interpretation of conceptual models.  Student investigations will foster engagement in the practices of science through experimenting, analyzing, making conjectures and arguments, and solving problems in a collaborative setting where    students direct and monitor their progress. This course prepares students for success in the AP Physics 1 Exam, and in subsequent college-level    physics courses.  It is expected that all students enrolled in this course will take the AP Physics 1 Exam in spring. Students may choose to participate in the CU Succeed Gold Program and earn 5 college semester credits for College Physics.

Course Subject
Course Number
Grade Level
11, 12
Course Duration
1 Year
Course Credit
1 AP Weighted Credit
Honors Chemistry, enrollment in Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus
Course Fee