541 AP® Physics
2 semesters, 1 credit
Open to seniors
Prerequisites: Minimum GPA of 3.0 and have completed or is concurrently enrolled in 442 Honors Precalculus with teacher approval.
This course is a study of matter and energy and their transformations. It includes mechanics, waves, light, sound, electricity, and magnetism. Labs are an integral part of the course. Students will be prepared for a college level introductory physics course. TI graphing calculators are required.
By the completion of this course, students will be able to…
- Solve complex problems, using critical thinking.
- Use equations to help them understand the world around them.
- Apply the principles of physics to the study of the interactions of matter and energy.
- Understand and complete calculations using vectors.
By the completion of this course, students will know…
- How to analyze one-dimensional and two-dimensional motion both with equations and graphs
- Newton's laws and how forces affect motion
- The types of collisions and the conservation of momentum
- The concepts of work, power, and energy and how they all relate
- How to analyze circular motion and the law of gravity
- Rotational equilibrium and dynamics
- The properties of vibrations and waves
- The properties of sound and light waves, including reflection and refraction
- The properties of electricity and magnetism and how the two fields interact
This curriculum last updated January 27, 2021, by the Science Department.