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## About the Course

Explore concepts such as kinematics; Newton’s laws of motion, work, energy, and power; systems of particles and linear momentum; rotation; oscillations; and gravitation. You’ll do hands-on laboratory work and in-class activities to investigate phenomena and use calculus to solve problems.

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## Skills You'll Learn

Interpreting and describing visual representations of physical situations

Coming up with a hypothesis and designing an experiment to test it

Creating graphs and diagrams to represent data and physical situations

Analyzing data shown in a graph

Determining the relationship between physical qualities

Solving physics problems using mathematical relationships

Developing and supporting a scientific claim with evidence

## Equivalency and Prerequisites

### College Course Equivalent

A semester-long, introductory calculus-based college course in physics

### Recommended Prerequisites

You should have taken calculus or be taking calculus at the same time as this course

## Exam Date

## About the Units

The course content outlined below is organized into commonly taught units of study that provide one possible sequence for the course. Your teacher may choose to organize the course content differently based on local priorities and preferences.

## Course Content

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**Unit 1: Kinematics **

You’ll begin your study of motion and the quantities associated with the motion of an object: position, velocity, acceleration, and time.

Topics may include:

- Kinematics in one dimension
- Kinematics in two dimensions

**On The Exam**

14%–20% of multiple-choice score

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**Unit 2: Newton’s Laws of Motion**

You’ll investigate Newton’s laws of motion, which describe the relationship among moving objects and the forces acting on them.

Topics may include:

- Newton’s laws of motion: first and second law
- Circular motion
- Newton’s laws of motion: third law

**On The Exam**

17%–23% of multiple-choice score

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**Unit 3: Work, Energy, and Power**

You’ll learn to define and calculate work, energy, and power and become familiar with the principle of conservation as a foundational model of physics.

Topics may include:

- Work–energy theorem
- Forces and potential energy
- Conservation of energy
- Power

**On The Exam**

14%–17% of multiple-choice score

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**Unit 4: Systems of Particles and Linear Momentum**

You’ll be introduced to the concepts of center of mass, impulse and momentum, and the conservation of linear momentum.

Topics may include:

- Center of mass
- Impulse and momentum
- Conservation of linear momentum, collisions

**On The Exam**

14%–17% of multiple-choice score

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**Unit 5: Rotation**

You’ll gain an in-depth comprehension of rotational motion by investigating torque and rotational statics, kinematics, and dynamics.

Topics may include:

- Torque and rotational statics
- Rotational kinematics
- Rotational dynamics and energy
- Angular momentum and its conservation

**On The Exam**

14%–20% of multiple-choice score

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**Unit 6: Oscillations**

You’ll explore the forces that cause objects to repeat their motions with a regular pattern.

Topics may include:

- Simple harmonic motion, springs, and pendulums

**On The Exam**

6%–14% of multiple-choice score

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**Unit 7: Gravitation**

You’ll investigate gravitational forces and the relationships shared between planets, satellites, and their orbits.

Topics may include:

- Gravitational forces
- Orbits of planets and satellites

**On The Exam**

6%–14% of multiple-choice score

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