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Trinity High School AP Physics 1 Mrs. Welsh Course Description: The AP Physics 1 course is designed to enable you to develop the ability to reason about physical phenomena using important science process skills such as explaining causal relationships, applying and justifying the use of mathematical routines, designing experiments, analyzing data and making connections across multiple topics within the course. This AP Physics 1 course is equivalent to the first semester of a typical introductory, algebra-based physics course in college. The goal is to d evelop a deep understanding of foundational principles of physics in classical mechanics and modern physics by applying these principles to complex physical situations that combine multiple aspects of physics rather than present concepts in isolation, to discuss, confer, and debate with classmates to explain a physical phenomenon investigated in class, and to design and conduct inquiry-based laboratory investigations to solve problems through first-hand observations, data collection, analysis and interpretation. Tentative Course Schedule: Kinematics (6 weeks) Kinematics-straight line motion Kinematics-acceleration due to gravity Graphical Analysis of Motion Vector Analysis Projectile Motion Newton’s Laws (5 weeks) Newton’s Law of Motion Frictional Forces Free Body Diagrams PJAS Presentations (1 week) Circular Motion (4 weeks) Angular Kinematics Universal Law of Gravitation Kepler’s Law Work, Energy, Power, & Linear Momentum (8 weeks) Work horizontal and vertical Kinetic Energy Potential Energy Momentum Impulse Collisions Conservation of Energy Conservation of Momentum Roller Coaster Physics Rotational Motion (4 weeks) Torque Rotational Kinematics and Energy Rotational Dynamics Conservation of Angular Momentum Mechanical Waves and Sound (4 weeks) Simple Harmonic Motion Hooke’s Law Wave Motion Nature of Sound Reflection Refraction Diffraction

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