AP Physics 1

  • The official College Board description:
    AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based is the equivalent of a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics, but it is designed to be taught over a full academic year to enable AP students to develop deep understanding of the content and to focus on applying their knowledge through inquiry labs. The full year also allows time for inclusion of physics content specified by state standards. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; and mechanical waves and sound. It also introduces electric circuits. 
    Co-requisite:  Students must be enrolled in Algebra 2 or higher math the year they take AP Physics 1.
    The AP tests are always scheduled for the first two full weeks in May.  The AP Physics 1 test is a three hour test, composed of a multiple choice section and a free response section.  The test is scored out of 5.  A 3 or higher is considered passing, but most universities require a score of 4 or 5.  Students should check with their universities to see whether or not credit will be awarded (it depends on the university and on the student's major) and what score is necessary for credit.  A passing score on the AP Physics 1 test could earn a student up to 4 college credits.
Last Modified on March 7, 2018