Course Description: AP Physics is a one-year course for students with career plans in science, math, engineering, medicine, and similar fields. Using college textbooks, syllabi, homework, and tests, this course provides students with a rigorous preparation for the AP® Physics B test and the Medical College Aptitude Test (MCAT). This course is designed to prepare students to take the AP Physics B exam at the end of the year. Policies concerning acceptance of a passing exam grade for college credit vary from school to school, so students should determine whether the universities in which they are most interested will give advanced placement for this course. The course includes a laboratory component comparable to college-level physics laboratories, with a minimum of 12 student-conducted laboratory investigations representing a variety of topics covered in the course. A hands-on laboratory component is required. Each student should complete a lab notebook or portfolio of lab reports.
Prerequisite: Average math class grade of [≥ 80 in the Geometry or ≥ 75 in Algebra II/Trig] and ≥ 75 in Global History. Students must be comfortable interpreting graphs, have good reading comprehension skills and strong written communication skills. Current Math teacher and Global History teacher recommendation. Students must provide a Letter of Intent and complete an interview process. Good social and academic standing; 95% attendance. Only serious scholars should apply. This will be taught as a two period course; therefore students will need to do significant self study to prepare properly for the AP exam.
Expected Coursework: Students must be willing to attend after school and weekend mandatory tutorials. Students must be willing to work diligently. This course is highly demanding. In order to do well, students should be willing to work extremely hard.