AP Physics 1

AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course. Students cultivate their understanding of Physics through inquiry-based investigations as they 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. 

What is physics?

Considering Enrollment?

Class Structure

At Aim Academy Online we use Canvas as our learning management system (LMS) and have the enterprise version, which affords us lots of great features to make student learning better. All student work and communication is conducted through the course shell on Canvas. Canvas can be accessed using any browser and also has companion apps for tablets and phones. Within Canvas, students will learn through multiple ways including visual, auditory, and tactile. I strive to provide a learning environment that is successful regardless of your personal learning style and provide a lot of flexibility as far as how to learn the content of the course.

Live Classes

Each week we will have a 1-hour live class session (optional), during which we will review concepts, answer questions, and explore the topics together. We often have an opportunity to participate in discussions and work through problems during our live class. This time is not part of the student’s grade, but gives a much needed opportunity to meet other students in the class and learn from each other. The students I teach hail from around the country (and sometimes around the world) and bring their unique perspective to the many issues we discuss in class. Class time is generally used to discuss concepts, work through practice problems, and learn strategies for being successful on the AP Physics 1 exam. I encourage all students to attend the live classes if possible, but if they cannot make them due to other commitments, they are required to watch the class recording.

Required Materials

  • Writing instruments: color nonspecific; HOWEVER, please do not write in highlighter
  • Notebook
  • Calculator:  List of Approved Calculators at https://bit.ly/2Idqwkp 
  • Textbook
  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Additional books and resources may be recommended during the year. A lab material list is available below.

Textbook Information

OpenStax College Physics for AP Courses (available online for free or a print version is available on Amazon here (aff): https://amzn.to/3gpGo4z )


  1. Readings and Practice: 25%
  2. Labs: 25%
  3. Exams: 40%
  4. Student Professionalism: 10%

Extra Credit will be available at the teacher’s sole discretion and is NOT guaranteed.

Who Should Enroll?

The qualified student:

  • is in 9-12th grades (this is mandated by College Board in order to award AP® credit).
  • has completed algebra 2 with a B or better (or concurrently enrolled).
  • has strong reading and writing skills.
  • can work independently and ask for help when necessary.

Starting 2021/2022 there will be an application process to enroll in AP Physics 1 with Aim Academy Online.

If you don’t think your student meets some or all of these requirements, it may be best to enroll in Physics instead.

Past Score Results

This class is approved by the College Board and can be listed on the student’s transcript as AP® Physics 1. A letter from the College Board to include in the student’s files is available during the first week of class.

New score distributions will be posted as students take the test annually.

Where to go from here?

If you have more questions, check out our FAQ page to see if it’s already been answered. If you don’t see it there, feel free to contact us and we’ll get right back to you!

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