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    Mar 30, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would absolutely recommend it! I applied to the course mainly because it was challenging. I heard many people say "It's so hard!" and "Anyone is a fool to join it for fun." I found it amusing and thought "I am going to be the fool to join it." And I did. Now let me tell you, I had no fundamental background information whatsoever on Physics. I went straight into the course. And I am having tons of fun! Turns out that I adore Physics! My grades may not so much reflect it as well but nonetheless, that shouldn't be a discouragement! My love for it is unbelievable. If you're strong in your mathematics (or simply know algebra) and love logical and conceptual ideas in addition to challenges and thinking outside of the box, AP Physics is the course for you!

    Course highlights:

    You learn quite a lot from this course. The course runs out in units: kinematics, dynamics (Newton's Laws), circular motion, law of gravitation, simple harmonic motion (springs and pendulums), linear momentum, work, energy, conservation of momentum and energy, rotational motion and angular momentum, mechanical waves/ sound, electrostatics, and DC circuits. Considering it's only AP Physics 1, most of this for some will be a bit of review but a much more in-depth understanding. I have yet to complete the course as I've been taking it since Fall 2016 and will continue till Summer 2017. However, I learned many things up to mechanical waves/ sound. I have yet to complete electrostatics and DC circuits, but I'm sure they'll be exciting! There will be a lot of labs conducted throughout the course, and those are the most exciting parts for me! The hands-on experiments are the best highlights of this course. With how our teacher teaches, he makes us adore and adopt the concepts of Physics and teaches it to us like a second language. It's purely amazing and super fun to learn! It's the mathematics of the world!

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    As much as the course is fun, I won't lie about the course workload. It's going to get tough. Walking in knowing or not knowing some fundamentals of Physics doesn't make so much of a difference that the class should only be taken by those who has some understanding. But if you enter without knowing much, a little bit of extra effort may be required. Many of the logic is confusing and can be hard to grasp of there is a dearth of good practice. I would suggest reaching our to your teachers when you're in trouble. Nothing is better than having a supporting hand. In addition, take initiative in teaching others. 90% of the information you learn is retained when you can teach it to someone. That's how I remembered most of what I learned in the class. Also, do the hands-on experiments at home. Get a really good grasp on the whys and hows of the concepts. As my teacher would often say after providing a formula, "If you can't see why this is true, prove it to yourself. Convince yourself that this is what it is." Physics is proof and logic based so once you understand that, the applications of the formulas you'll learn would come like second nature. It's just a matter of how you apply it.

    • Fall 2016
    • Mr. Corrao
    • Math-heavy Many Small Assignments Group Projects
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    Dec 29, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This class was very challenging, but that is exactly what made it fun. AP Physics pushed me and my classmates to look deeper and actually understand material instead of regurgitating notes we had taken in class.

    Course highlights:

    Because of this course, I learned to seek help from my peers. This was one of those classes where you needed to collaborate in order to do well and that is a very important lesson to take with you for the future - team work.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you plan to take this class, or if your major requires it, please hit the ground running. Once you fall behind because you think this class won't be your toughest, you will have a very hard time catching up. I know you hear this a lot, but it is exceptionally true for this course - whatever you put into the class, you will get out of it.

    • Fall 2014
    • Mr. Corrao
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Great Intro to the Subject A Few Big Assignments
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    Mar 27, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Ms.Yi not only taught us Physics, but encouraged us to learn more on our own. Her teaching method allowed us to intake information in more than one way, and don;t just rely on a teacher because if you are truly passionate about a subject, you'll naturally want to learn more yourself.

    Course highlights:

    Doing the extra credit project in which we had to build a raft that was both durable and fast. We got to race these boats in the pool our school has. Not only was it fun, but it was also a learning experience because we were able to apply more than just general knowledge to a group activity,

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    The more you volunteer in class the easier it becomes. Active learning helps a person find their strengths, weaknesses and mistakes much easier.

    • Fall 2014
    • Ms.Yi
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Participation Counts


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