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…

  1. Solve complex problems, using critical thinking.
  2. Use equations to help them understand the world around them.
  3. Apply the principles of physics to the study of the interactions of matter and energy.
  4. Understand and complete calculations using vectors.



By the completion of this course, students will know…

  1. How to analyze one-dimensional and two-dimensional motion both with equations and graphs
  2. Newton's laws and how forces affect motion
  3. The types of collisions and the conservation of momentum
  4. The concepts of work, power, and energy and how they all relate
  5. How to analyze circular motion and the law of gravity
  6. Rotational equilibrium and dynamics
  7. The properties of vibrations and waves
  8. The properties of sound and light waves, including reflection and refraction
  9. The properties of electricity and magnetism and how the two fields interact


This curriculum last updated January 27, 2021, by the Science Department.