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 waves and 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 online summer preparatory work.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • Giancoli, Physics: Principles with Applications AP® Edition 7th Edition © 2014 with MasteringPhysics; ISBN-13: 978-0321869111 ISBN-10: 0321869117

Students are strongly encouraged to purchase the textbook directly from the Pearson Website. Please follow these instructions for purchasing:

  1. Go to www.pearsonprivateschools.com
  2. Enter the school zip code 92116
  3. Select Academy of Our Lady of Peace
  4. Use the drop-down menu to select your course


For each course you will see two options listed.  The more expensive option is for the print textbook + the e-textbook/digital courseware access.  The less expensive option is for the e-textbook/digital courseware access only.  Either option is fine and is up to the student’s preference. 

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 online summer preparatory work package over the summer