AP Physics 1 Honours 11

Course Overview

This is an online course covering 13 chapters and is designed to cover all the curricular elements for AP Physics 1 designated by the College Board. It is equivalent to an introductory algebra based college/university physics course. The emphasis in the course is on the understanding of the concepts and skills, and using these concepts and formulae to solve problems.

The AP Physics 1 course is conducted using inquiry-based instructional strategies that focus on experimentation to develop students’ conceptual understanding of physics principles. The students begin studying a topic by making observations and discovering patterns of natural phenomena. The next steps involve developing, testing, and applying models. Throughout the course, the students construct and use multiple representations of physical processes, solve multi-step problems, design investigations, and reflect on knowledge construction through self-assessment rubrics. They use graphing calculators and digital devices for interactive simulations, Physlet-based exercises, collaborative activities, and formative assessments. In laboratory investigations, students use guided–inquiry (GI) or open–inquiry (OI) in the design of their laboratory investigations.



Physics 11 (can be taken simultaneously)

Time Commitment:

This course consists of 13 chapters and each chapter varies in length. This course is a student centered, inquiry based course with a strong laboratory component involving 14 hands on labs, two math labs, two strobe photo labs, one video lab, and four query based Virtual labs. There will also be two projects for students to design and create their own laboratory exploration: one in mechanics, and one in the remainder of the course. Every student has regular access to the teacher (phone, email, Skype, etc.) for inquiry led discussion, demonstration of physics knowledge and understanding of concepts, and help.


The students are required to have a hard cover laboratory notebook, use notations only in ink, and are not allowed to insert or remove any pages. Details of experimental write-ups are included after the list of laboratories.

There is a student forum where students post questions, answers, and lab discussions. There are philosophical and ethical questions posted as discussion starters. These forums are an integral part of the course.

Students are required to stream videos contained within the course content, download and print assignments, note packages, test worksheets and projects, scan (either by taking pictures or physically scanning) and upload their assignments within Moodle.

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