AP

# AP Physics 1

1.5 Credits
Open

AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory physics course that will guide students through a college-level learning experience. This two- Segment course is designed for students to develop an understanding of physics through rich content, engaging activities, and inquiry-based laboratory. Students will explore concepts such as analyzing motion, force interactions, energy, rotational motion, waves, and periodic motion. Students cultivate their understanding of physics through classroom study, in-class activity, and virtual and hands-on, inquiry-based laboratory work as they explore concepts like systems, fields, force interactions, change, conservation, and waves.

### Competencies

##### Circular Motion

Students will demonstrate an understanding of circular motion by describing gravitation, explaining circular motion, and describing orbitz.

##### Forces

Students will demonstrate an understanding of forces by comparing forces, analyzing linear dynamics, and explaining Newton’s Laws.

##### Kinematics

Students will demonstrate an understanding of kinematics by describing motion, explaining relative motion, and analyzing motion graphs.

##### Energy

Students will demonstrate an understanding of energy by describing principles of energy systems, explaining principles of energy, and comparing work and power.

##### Momentum

Students will demonstrate an understanding of momentum by explaining principles of momentum, and comparing macroscopic motions.

##### Rotational Motion

Students will demonstrate an understanding of rotational motion by describing principles of rotational motion, comparing torque and angular momentum, and explaining rotational dynamics.

### Major Topics and Concepts

Segment One
Module 1: Kinematics
Position, velocity, and acceleration
Vectors
Graphical representations of motion
One-dimensional motion
Two-dimensional motion
Module 2: Forces and Motion
Projectile motion
Systems
Contact forces
Free-body diagrams
Mass and weight
Newton’s first, second, and third laws
Applications of Newton’s laws
Module 3: Circular Motion and Gravitation
Fundamental forces
Gravitation
Gravity on other planets
Circular motion
Orbital motion
Applications of circular motion and gravitation
Segment Two
Module 4: Energy
Systems and energy
Work
Mechanical energy
Kinetic and potential energy
Conservation of energy
Work-energy principle
Power
Module 5: Momentum and Oscillations
Momentum
Impulse
Changes in momentum
Conservation of momentum
Collisions
Simple harmonic motion
Pendulums
Module 6: Rotational Motion
Rotational kinematics
Torque
Angular acceleration
Moment of inertia
Rotational dynamics
Angular momentum
Conservation of angular momentum
Rolling motion

### Course Materials

Segment One Materials
A four function, scientific, or graphing calculator
Superball or other small ball
Metric ruler or meter stick
A smooth and level surface
Three-inch binder for launch ramp
Stopwatch (records time to two decimal places); This can be one online, one on a mobile device, or a hand-held one.
Meter stick or metric ruler
String, yarn, or rope
Two small objects with significant weight difference and known mass

Segment Two Materials
A four function, scientific, or graphing calculator
Pencil
Washers or paper clips
String
Stopwatch (records time to two decimal places); This can be one online, one on a mobile device, or a hand-held one.
A protractor (recommended)
Optional

Two equally weighted objects
Chair that freely spins about an axis
Four canned goods with equal dimensions
Inclined ramp (can use small table propped at an angle)