AP Physics 1 Class Information

  • Register for Remind 101 Instructions: AP Remind Registration Instructions updated Fall 2018

    Electronic copy of the syllabus: AP Physics 1 Syllabus_Moore updated Fall 2018

    All assignments, notes, etc. will be posted strictly on Google Classroom.

    • A heads-up for any seniors that thought Pre-AP last year was brutal:
      • If you thought last year was really difficult and you barely squeaked by in Pre-AP (or regular) Physics, you will have an even harder time in AP.
      • This is a VERY DIFFICULT & RIGOROUS class. Mostly because it is fast paced and you will be expected to do quite a bit of homework and studying OUTSIDE OF CLASS.
      • Please be aware of this going into this ssemester. Don't say I didn't warn you. =)

    AP Physics 1 Exam is on Tuesday May 7th. We will need to be ready before then, so get ready to work very hard in this class!!!

    AP Physics 1 Syllabus

    Welcome to AP Physics1! I am looking forward to a wonderful year with you. Together, we can do this. Please read the following information to ensure that we both have a clear understanding of the class expectations for the coming year.

    AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based course in general physics that meets for 50 minutes each day for the entire school year. General physics topics presented during the course closely follow those outlined by the College Board and also mirrors an introductory level university physics course.

    AP Physics 1 is organized around six big ideas that bring together the fundamental science principles and theories of general physics. These big ideas are intended to encourage students to think about physics concepts as interconnected pieces of a puzzle.  The solution to the puzzle is how the real world around them actually works. The students will participate in inquiry-based explorations of these topics to gain a more conceptual understanding of these physics concepts. Students will spend less of their time in traditional formula-based learning and more of their effort will be directed to developing critical thinking and reasoning skills.

    Big Ideas for AP Physics 1

    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.

    Students have the opportunity to meet the learning objectives in a variety of ways and to apply their knowledge to real world experiences and societal issues.  Instructional time involves a variety of student-centered activities. Students have the opportunity to work cooperatively to solve challenging problems and to present their solutions to the class. Throughout the year connections to the world are explored in discussions, group projects, and class demonstrations. Laboratory work offers frequent opportunities to work cooperatively, explore ideas, and present information. Outside of class students read the assigned text and complete homework assignments that support and reinforce each lesson as well as what has been learned in the laboratory setting. Unit exams take place at the end of each block of instruction (about every 2 weeks). Students also attend tutorial sessions where they can receive individual assistance from the instructor and work with their peers.

    First Semester Content:                                    

    •  Safety
    • Graphical Analysis
    • One-Dimensional Motion
    • Two-Dimensional Motion
    • Simple Harmonic Motion
    • Forces
    • Work & Energy
    • Impulse & Momentum

     Second Semester Content:

    • Uniform Circular Motion
    • Rotational Motion
    • Angular Dynamics
    • Waves
    • Electrostatics & Circuits (Intro)


    Major grades are worth 60% of your six weeks average. Major grades may include tests, projects, major essays, major labs write-ups, and/or research. We will have at least 2 major grades each six weeks.

    Minor grades are worth 35% of your six weeks grade Minor grades may include daily assignments, classwork, homework, labs, quizzes, essays, exit and entrance tickets, and participation.

    Academic planner grades are worth 5% of your six weeks grade. We will have 2 planner checks per six weeks. Final exams are 25% of the semester average.

    Late Work Policy:

    • Day assignment is due – up to full credit
    • 1st day past due – 25 points taken off
    • 2nd day past due -- 50 points taken off
    • 3rd day past due – Not accepted / No credit
    • Exception: Lab reports will not be accepted late at all. You will be given ample time to complete these before the deadline, so you will have no excuse for turning it in late.

    I post grades in a timely manner, so it will be your responsibility to keep track of and take care of your missing assignments ASAP. I will not accept late papers beyond the day after its due date.

    Makeup Work Policy:

    All makeup work for minor grades must be received within one class day plus one day to complete the assignment. Test and labs (major grades) must be made up within three days of the absence. It is the RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT to get makeup work and/or schedule a time to make up a lab or test. Makeup work can be picked up in a designated area of the classroom. After you have missed class, check the makeup work area and check with me to make sure you understand what to do. Ask me if you need any help with this procedure. Failure to turn in minor assignments and/or complete and turn in major grades within the allotted time frame will be subject to the above late work policy. (Bottom line: You will not have 2 weeks to make up a test or lab.) A student involved in an extracurricular activity must notify me ahead of time about any absences so you can get your work before your absence.


    My Grading Policy:

    Classwork à Homework Policy: When we work on an assignment in class and the remainder is assigned as homework, you will grade it / turn it in on the due date regardless of its completion status. Same rule applies if it was strictly classwork as well. The only exception is if you had an EXCUSED absence the day it was assigned and worked on in class.

    Truancies: If you skip my class (have an unexcused absence) for the day a daily assignment is due, then your grade will be a ZERO with no chance to make it up. If you skip my class the day a major grade (example, major lab report) is due then it will be considered late following the above late work policy.


    Labs and Lab Report Guidelines:

    The AP Physics 1 course is conducted using inquiry-based instructional strategies that focus on experimentation to develop students’ conceptual understanding of physics principles. Labs are all “hands-on” and placed throughout the instructional year. Students will spend at least 25% of class time in laboratory investigations. Labs can be either teacher directed or student directed/open-ended. During a teacher-directed lab, the students are given instruction on the operation of lab equipment and guidance in the process of the experiment. Student-directed labs are when the students are given an objective, e.g. “Determine the acceleration due to gravity on Earth,” and standard materials needed to conduct a lab. Students are allowed to create their own experimental design and collect data, which can be analyzed through graphical methods. These inquiry-based investigations or student-directed labs have an extra element added to the lab report. After these labs, each student group must present their results to the class and defend their results. They will also evaluate one other group's approach to the problem and offer a critique of their procedures and results.

    You will be required to write formal lab reports all labs. Time-intensive lab reports will count as a major grade, unless otherwise specified. I will walk you through my expectations for setting up the lab report during your first lab, which you'll use as a template for future lab reports.

    Students are required to keep the lab reports in an organized lab notebook. This lab notebook will kept by the students for the entire year and must include the completed lab reports as well as the raw data tables and any notes made during the execution of the labs done in the course.


    All of your tests will be formatted similar to the actual AP Physics 1 Exam. The actual exam gives you 90 minutes to answer 50 multiple choice questions and 90 minutes to answer the open response section, which is usually 5 multiple step questions. Both sections are weighted equally. I will be following the same grading and timing guidelines on your exams. You will have the first half of the period to take the multiple choice section and the second half of the period to take the open response section. Your unit tests will not be the full length of the actual exam and will be short enough for you to finish in one class period. Extra time will not be given to finish the exam since you won’t get extra time on the test day. Since both sections are weighted equally, the open response section will be just as important as the multiple choice section. You MUST do them to have a chance of passing. The actual AP test is on May 7th. We have a lot to learn before then, so get ready to work very hard in here!