Pretty easy, overall.
Course Overview:
I would recommend taking this class if you do not like science but still are required to take it. Mrs. Firebaugh does a good job at explaining the lessons while also integrating fun labs into the curriculum.
Course highlights:
I gained lots of knowledge about my world that I previously didn't know. Physics is all around us and I notice it a lot more since taking this class. I learned formulas in that class that I find myself using in other math classes as well.
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
If you are considering taking this class, it is best if you have taken Trigonometry and/or Algebra 2 already. You use sin, cosine, and tangent often as well as many other formulas that are taught in trigonometry and algebra 2.
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
AP Physics 1 is a good course to take if going into engineering. It allows you to easily relate to everyday life and teaches skills that can be useful. This is enjoyable, seeing as this is one of the flaws of most classes I've taken: it's relevance. Physic 1 centers mostly on basic kinematics, or the science behind motion.
Course highlights:
In full honesty, I didn't do that well in the class, no one really did. However, it was still very enjoyable because of the teacher I had. The teacher was one of those rare teachers who really believed in the students and would take extra time to help kids understand the material. Also, it seems that physics teachers that I have know all teach highschooler because they believe that the younger generation as the chance to fix humanitarian mistakes and make improvements. I was able to learn about how gravity is implied and the relevance of Newton's laws of motion. At lot of times, the teacher would have the class find the flaw in famous movie clips and correct them. I was able to understand questions that I have been wondering for years like the feeling you get on roller coasters or how to minimize damage when falling.
Hours per week:
12+ hours
Advice for students:
Understanding the basic materials is key at the beginning of the course. You can't fall behind or else, you will get lost. Using study tools like KhanAcadamy and a textbook is a great idea. The class is fun but it takes up a lot of time and effort .