AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course that explores topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. Through inquiry-based learning, students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills.

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Summer Work - Unit 1
Six Big Ideas:
  1. Objects and systems have properties such as mass and charge. Systems may have internal structure.
  2. Fields existing in space can be used to explain interactions.
  3. The interactions of an object with other objects can be described by forces.
  4. Interactions between systems can result in changes in those systems.
  5. Changes that occur as a result of interactions are constrained by conservation laws.
  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 phenomena. 

Seven Science Practices:
  1. Use representations and models to communicate scientific phenomena and solve scientific problems;
  2. Use mathematics appropriately;
  3. Engage in scientific questioning to extend thinking or to guide investigations within the context of the AP course;
  4. Plan and implement data collection strategies in relation to a particular scientific question;
  5. Perform data analysis and evaluation of evidence;
  6. Work with scientific explanations and theories; and
  7. Connect and relate knowledge across various scales, concepts, and representations in and across domains.