AP Physics 1

The content for the course is based on six big ideas:
Big Idea 1 – Objects and systems have properties such as mass and charge. Systems
may have internal structure.
Big Idea 2 – Fields existing in space can be used to explain interactions.
Big Idea 3 – The interactions of an object with other objects can be described by forces.
Big Idea 4 – Interactions between systems can result in changes in those systems.
Big Idea 5 – Changes that occur as a result of interactions are constrained by
conservation laws.
Big Idea 6 – Waves can transfer energy and momentum from one location to another
without the permanent transfer of mass and serve as a mathematical model for the
description of other phenomena.

1. Kinematics (Big Ideas 3 and 4)
a. Vectors/Scalars
b. One-Dimensional Motion (including graphing position, velocity, and acceleration)
c. Two-Dimensional Motion

2. Dynamics (Big Ideas 1, 2, 3, and 4)
a. Newton’s Laws of Motion and Forces

3. Universal Law of Gravitation (Big Ideas 1, 2, 3, and 4)
a. Circular Motion

4. Simple Harmonic Motion (Big Ideas 3 and 5)
a. Simple Pendulums
b. Mass-Spring Oscillators

5. Momentum (Big Ideas 3, 4, and 5)
a. Impulse and Momentum
b. The Law of Conservation of Momentum

6. Energy (Big Ideas 3, 4, and 5)
a. Work
b. Energy
c. Conservation of Energy
d. Power

7. Rotation (Big Ideas 3, 4, and 5)
a. Rotational Kinematics
b. Rotational Energy
c. Torque and Rotational Dynamics
d. Angular Momentum
e. Conservation of Angular Momentum

8. Electrostatics (Big Ideas 1, 3, and 5)
a. Electric Charge
b. The Law of Conservation of Electric Charge
c. Electrostatic Forces

9. Circuits (Big Ideas 1 and 5)
a. Ohm’s Law
b. Kirchhoff’s Laws
c. Simple DC Circuits

10. Mechanical Waves and Sound (Big Idea 6)