AP Physics I

Course Number: 436/437

Open To:
Grades 10-12

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Approved: Laboratory Science area “D” requirement.

Course Description:
This course is designed as an algebra-based, introductory college-level course that explores topics limited to Newtonian mechanics, work, energy, and power; mechanical wave sand sound, and introductory simple circuits. Students will develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills using inquiry-based investigations. Since the course requires a strong background in trigonometry, students will be required to complete a Trigonometry Boot Camp, an online review course of Trig, during the summer.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • Knight et al., College Physics: A Strategic Approach AP Edition, 4th Edition ©2019 with Mastering Physics with Pearson eText; 2015; ISBN-13: 9780134779218

Students are strongly encouraged to buy the text directly from Pearson.

To locate the book on their website, go to Pearson →  enter school’s zip code (92116) → select OLP → enter ISBN

Level of Difficulty:
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes

Completion of:
Biology or Chemistry with an “A” OR Biology Honors or Chemistry Honors with a “B” or better AND
Algebra II AND
Completion of “Trig Boot Camp” over the summer.