# AP Physics 1 Course Outline

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Having finished up the rough draft of AP Physics 1 Essentials, I thought perhaps the table of contents with the covered topics might provide a better starting point than the preliminary outline I showed from last spring.  Note that any topics not specifically covered by AP-1 I highlighted by placing an asterisk by them (but I included them in the book feeling they were important to maintaining continuity assuming your students may want to AP-2 the following year).

Chapter 1: Introduction

What Is Physics?

Matter, Systems, and Mass

Energy

Mass – Energy Equivalence

Scope of AP Physics 1

Chapter 2: Math Review

Significant Figures

Scientific Notation

Metric System

Accuracy and Precision

Algebra and Trigonometry

Vectors and Scalars

Components of Vectors

The Equilibrant Vector

Chapter 3: Kinematics

Position, Distance and Displacement

Speed and Velocity

Acceleration

Particle Diagrams

Position-Time (x-t) Graphs

Velocity-Time (v-t) Graphs

Graph Transformations

Acceleration-Time (a-t) Graphs

Kinematic Equations

Free Fall

Projectile Motion

Angled Projectiles

Relative Velocity

Center of Mass

Chapter 4: Dynamics

Newton’s 1st Law of Motion

Free Body Diagrams

Newton’s 2nd Law of Motion

Newton’s 3rd Law

Friction

Air Resistance

Elevators

Ramps and Inclines

Atwood Machines

Chapter 5: Work, Power & Energy

Work

Power

Energy

Gravitational Potential Energy

Springs and Hooke’s Law

Work-Energy Theorem

Conservation of Energy

Sources of Energy on Earth

Chapter 6: Linear Momentum

Defining Momentum

Impulse

Impulse-Momentum Theorem

Non-Constant Forces

Conservation of Linear Momentum

Types of Collisions

Collisions in 2 Dimensions

Chapter 7: Circular Motion & Rotation

Uniform Circular Motion

Circular Speed

Centripetal Force

Frequency and Period

Vertical Circular Motion

Rotational Kinematics

Torque

Moment of Inertia

Newton’s 2nd Law for Rotation

Angular Momentum

Rotational Kinetic Energy

Chapter 8: Gravity

Universal Gravitation

Gravitational Fields

Gravitational Potential Energy

Orbits

Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion*

Chapter 9: Oscillations

Simple Harmonic Motion

Horizontal Spring-Block Oscillators

Spring Combinations*

Vertical Spring-Block Oscillators

Ideal Pendulums

Chapter 10: Mechanical Waves

Wave Characteristics

The Wave Equation

Sound Waves

Interference

Beats

Standing Waves

Standing Waves in Instruments

Doppler Effect

Chapter 11: Electrostatics

Electric Charges

The Standard Model

Conductors and Insulators

Charging by Conduction*

Charging by Induction*

Coulomb’s Law

Electric Fields*

Electric Potential Difference*

Parallel Plates*

Capacitors*

Equipotential Lines*

Chapter 12: Current Electricity

Electric Current

Resistance

Ohm’s Law

Electrical Circuits

Energy & Power

Voltmeters

Ammeters

Series Circuits

Parallel Circuits

Combination Series-Parallel Circuits

* - Not specifically required for AP Physics 1

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