Physics I: Algebra-Based AP

  • Grades: 11, 12  
    Physics 1 AP is an algebra based, first year physics course that introduces students to college-level thinking. Students will gain valuable knowledge in terms of scientific reasoning and critical thinking skills. Laboratory activities, which will be at least 25% of the coursework, will be inquiry-based. Students will understand how to set up a lab, decide what factors should be tested, choose the best way to collect data, and analyze that data using computer software. Based on their lab conclusions, students will be able to take their findings and relationships and apply them to new situations. Physics 1 AP covers Newtonian mechanics with topics answering certain questions like how objects move (linear and rotational kinematics), why objects move the way they do (forces and energy), and what happens when objects interact with one another (forces and momentum). Other topics include work, power, mechanical waves and sound, and an introduction to simple circuit design. This course is a great choice for any student interested in an engineering or science-related field of study.

    The State of Indiana requires students to sit for AP exams in order to qualify for the Academic Honors Diplomas as well as the new Graduation Pathway requirements.  Therefore, any student at Noblesville High School enrolled in a College Board Advanced Placement course will be required to sit for the corresponding exam.  Cumulative grade point averages will be re-calculated retroactively without the grade weight for students who do not take the exam.  The cost of AP assessments are decided by the College Board; however, the cost of this exam is currently covered by the State of Indiana.

    Prerequisites: 90% in Algebra 1, must be enrolled in Pre-Calculus
    • One year course, two credits
    • A Core 40 and AHD Physical Science course