Liberty HS

Learning Recommendations:

  • Successful completion of Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 and PreCalculus
  • Concurrent enrollment in AP Calculus AB or above is necessary for success in this course
  • Competency in graphical analysis software and computer hardware, including probes and sensors
  • Proficiency in problem solving, lab techniques, and writing

General Description:  The course is a calculus-based physics course covering Newtonian Mechanics. At the end of the course, students will be prepared to take the AP Physics Exam C. Sophisticated technology is embedded within 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
  • Multi-step problem solving

Course Fee: $40

Materials: Graphing calculator

AP courses 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 in September and October. 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.