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 background in trigonometry, students will be required to complete a summer preparatory work packet.

Textbook/Class Resources:

See teacher first before buying text.

  • 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 from Savvas. Please follow these instructions for purchasing:

  1. Go to https://www.savvas.com/index.cfm?locator=PS1t3p 
  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 a summer preparatory work package over the summer.