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AP Course: AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based

Course Coverage Update
Colleges agree that Units 8-10 can be removed from AP Physics 1 since they are covered in AP Physics 2; accordingly, Units 8-10 are no longer tested in AP Physics 1. As of 2021, AP Physics 1 Exams focus exclusively on content covered in Units 1-7.

Learn about the foundational principles of physics as you explore Newtonian mechanics; work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits. You’ll do hands-on laboratory work to investigate phenomena.

Note: Save your lab notebooks and reports; colleges may ask to see them before granting you credit.

Skills You'll Learn

  • Skill: Interpreting and describing representations and models
  • Skill: Using mathematics to solve science problems
  • Skill: Formulating a scientific question or hypothesis
  • Skill: Designing an experiment to answer a scientific question or to test a hypothesis
  • Skill: Analyzing data and evaluating evidence
  • Skill: Working with scientific explanations and theories
  • Skill: Making connections
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