AP PHYSICS 1The Course

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Important Updates

New Course and Exam Description (CED)
In response to teacher feedback, the 2017 AP Physics 1 Course and Exam Description (.pdf/6.7MB) is now a standalone document that is clearer and easier-to-use.The 2017 edition no longer combines AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2. While the scope, sequence, and course content for AP Physics 1 has not changed, the content outline in this edition is now arranged by topic and presented in a tabular format to more clearly show the relationships between big ideas, enduring understandings, learning objectives, and essential knowledge statements. For more information, see page 1.

Course Overview

AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they explore topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits.

Laboratory Requirement and Lab Notebooks

Laboratory experience must be part of the education of AP Physics students and should be included in all AP Physics courses. Colleges may require students to present their laboratory materials from AP science courses before granting college credit for laboratory, so students are encouraged to retain their laboratory notebooks, reports, and other materials.

Essential Course Resources

Course Planning and Pacing Guides

Written by AP teachers, these versatile guides demonstrate a variety of ways to plan and pace the AP Physics 1 curriculum across one academic year. Each author presents a host of ideas for activities, resources, and assessments.

College Board Store

Find AP Physics 1 publications, released exams, and more in the College Board Store.

 

AP and Higher Education

Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.

This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.

Meet the current Development Committee for AP Physics 1.