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AP Physics 1 Course Home Page

Welcome, AP Teachers! 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 topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits.

Essential Course Resources

AP Physics 1 Course and Exam Description (PDF/4.96MB)
— February 2015

This is the core document for this course. It clearly lays out the course content and learning objectives, describes the exam, and provides sample questions and rubrics.

The Lab Manual Resources page provides information about the laboratory requirement and a link to the AP Physics 1 and 2 Inquiry-Based Lab Investigations teacher manual.

Essential Exam Resources

The Exam Information page has full details about the current exam and provides access to former test questions.

The Free-Response Questions index provides questions from the most recent exam and exams from previous years.

You can access a full practice exam by logging in to your AP Course Audit account.

Access online score reports for your students.

AP Course Audit Information

The AP Course Audit provides teachers and administrators with clear guidelines on curricular and resource requirements, textbook recommendations, and more. All schools wishing to label a course "AP" must submit a subject-specific AP Course Audit form and the course syllabus for each teacher of that AP course. Your course page has course planning resources, such as curricular requirements, syllabus development guides, sample syllabi, and more.

Visit the AP Course Audit site to log in or create an account.

Professional Development

The College Board offers both face-to-face and online professional development workshops, available for new and experienced AP teachers as well as AP coordinators and administrators. Led by experienced instructors, subject-specific AP workshops provide educators with the support and training needed to develop effective strategies for teaching an AP course.

Classroom Resources

The Teacher Community lets you share resources and teaching strategies with fellow educators.

The Classroom Resources page provides a diverse selection of supplemental materials, including lesson plans and teaching strategies, from the College Board and your AP colleagues.

The AP Physics 1 Student page has valuable information and resources for your students.

Course and Exam Redesign

The AP Physics B course and exam was discontinued in 2012; it was replaced with the AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 courses and exams. The changes to the course and exam were informed by expert input. See Planning for the New AP Physics Courses and An Overview of Course Revisions for more background information.

College Board Store

Find AP Physics 1 publications, released exams, and more in the College Board Store.

AP and Higher Education

Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.

This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.

Meet the current Development Committee for AP Physics 1.

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