This course includes topics in both classical and modern physics. A knowledge of algebra and basic trigonometry is required for the course; the basic ideas of calculus may be introduced in connection with physical concepts, such as acceleration and work. Understanding of the basic principles involved and the ability to apply these principles in the solution of problems are the major goals of the course. Consequently, the course will utilize guided inquiry and student-centered learning to foster the development of critical thinking skills. AP Physics will provide instruction in each of the five content areas: Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics and thermal physics, electricity and magnetism, waves and optics, and atomic nuclear physics. This course also includes a hands-on laboratory component comparable to introductory college-level physics laboratories. This course is designed to prepare students to take the AP Physics 1 exam; each student is responsible for the cost of his or her own exam. (One-credit, one-year course for grades 11-12) This course is part of the PLTW + AP pathway; to learn more, click here. Recommendation: Completed Algebra II with a “C” or above. Students who are also enrolled in Trigonometry will have a stronger background and more success in AP Physics.