• AP

Course Length

Full Year

Course Credit


Grade Level

Sophomores & Juniors; AP


A grade of B or better in Biology/Physics (AD) or Pre-AP Biology OR A grade of B or better in General Science/Chemistry (AD) or Pre-AP Chemistry OR A grade of B+ or better in General (Integrated) Science Honors/Chemistry Honors OR A grade of A or better in General (Integrated) Science/Chemistry + 90% on Physics Honors entrance test + Teacher Recommendation (Can be taken concurrently with Chemistry, Chemistry Honors, Pre-AP Biology, Biology or Biology Honors as an elective credit) (Students who have fulfilled the prerequisite of a B or better in Biology/Physics (AD) are exempted from the Physics Honors entrance test)

Course Syllabus(For Reference Only)

In this course, students cultivate their understanding of physics through inquiry-based investigations asthey explore these topics: kinematics, dynamics, circular motion and gravitation, energy, momentum,simple harmonic motion, torque and rotational motion, electric charge and electric force, DC circuits, and mechanical waves and sound. Course instruction helps students develop a deep understanding of the foundational principles that shape classical mechanics. By confronting complex physical situations or scenarios, this course is designed to enable students to develop the ability to reason about physical phenomenausing important science practices, such as explaining relationships, applying and justifying the use of mathematical routines, designingexperiments, analyzing data, and making connections across multiple topics within the course. As a result of the increased rigor of this AP course, students are required to demonstrate advanced skills in thinking logically and intuitively while exhibiting evidence of divergent and creative thinking in science. Topics are covered more in depth in comparison to the regular course and instruction is delivered at the fastest pace.