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Learning Recommendations:

General Description:  The course is a calculus-based physics course covering Newtonian Mechanics. At the end of the course, students take the AP Physics Exam C. Sophisticated technology is embedded within every laboratory experiment. The course explores the content listed below in great depth with an emphasis on multi-step problem solving and critical thinking.

This course meets the descriptions of lab-based and algebra-based science courses for college entrance requirements, as outlined by the Washington Student Achievement Council.

Content:  Students will actively engage in learning and experiencing the following:

  • Measurement
  • Motion in one dimension
  • Vectors
  • Motion in two dimensions
  • Laws of motion
  • Circular motion
  • Energy and energy transfer       
  • Potential energy
  • Linear momentum and collisions
  • Rotation of a rigid object about a fixed axis
  • Angular momentum
  • Static equilibrium and elasticity
  • Universal gravitation
  • Oscillatory motion
  • Laboratory experiences verifying laws
  • Inquiry
  • Real-time data acquisition

Strategies:  Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Laboratory investigations
  • Frequent use of technology to collect and analyze data
  • Student-generated research
  • Field work – several field trips (University of Washington and Silverwood Theme Park)
  • Multi-step problem solving

Homework:  This course uses WebAssign, an online homework service, to complete, grade, and provide feedback to the student and teacher. There will be several assignments per unit. All assignments will be posted at the beginning of each unit. Each assignment will have an assigned ‘target’ due date to help students keep a pace with the course. However, students are permitted to extended their personal due dates up to 3 days to allow for personal time constraints.

Course Fee / Materials:  Graphing or scientific function calculator, goggles, portable, digital data storage device, e.g. flash drive or CD-RW.

AP courses at IHS challenge students with rigorous college-level work. By succeeding in college-level work while still in high school, students in AP courses develop confidence in their own abilities and learn essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success.

AP courses provide the opportunity for students to earn college credits. In order to earn college credit, students must register for the AP exam for this course. AP exam fees vary each year. Scholarships are available for students who qualify. AP exam registration takes place December through March. College credit can be earned with a passing score on the AP exam, but what the score qualification and amount of credit earned varies by college.