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AP Physics 1 Syllabus



Teacher:  Leah Manley


            School Phone:  859-497-8765 ext. 2205



Course Title:  AP Physics     

Credit:  1

Grade:  11-12

Prerequisite:  Algebra II



Description:  This is a one credit rigorous non-calculus based college-level course in physics.  No prior knowledge of physics is presumed.  Students will complete the AP Physics 1 curriculum as set forth by the College Board.  The course covers:  one and two dimensional kinematics, dynamics, energy, circular motion and gravitation, impulse and momentum, simple harmonic motion, rotational motion and angular momentum, waves and sound, electrostatics, and DC circuits.  The components of the course are the textbook, homework, tests, quizzes, laboratory activities, and problem solving.


Course Standards:  Students will

  1. design and conduct scientific investigations using equipment, tools, technology, and mathematics.

      2. develop and revise scientific explanations and models.

      3.   investigate how and why objects move as they do.

      4.   examine energy and how it is transferred.

      5.  develop explanations for multiple types of fields and their interactions.


Textbook(s) Used:  Physics Sixth Edition by Giancoli 


Materials Required for Class:  Students will need a scientific calculator and a composition notebook.   


Method of Grade Calculation:  The following types of assessments will be used:

  1. Tests and Quizzes – 60% of grade
  2. Homework and Classwork– 15% of grade
  3. Labs – 20% of grade
  4. Tribe Points - 5% of grade


Homework Policy:  Homework will not be assigned every night.  Twenty to thirty minutes of effort is expected when homework is assigned.  This will include problems but can also include reading, notetaking, research, watching videos….  Homework problems are due at the start of class.  Selected problems from each set will be graded and must earn a passing score.  If the homework does not receive a passing score, that student will be expected to see the teacher for further consultation on the concept.  There will also be times when the homework is a video to watch and take notes over.  These will be posted on our class website.


Tests:  Each grading period you will take one or more AP-style test.  The next day you will be given test corrections to complete.  These test corrections will count as a major portion of your test grade.     


Make-up Work Policy: No late work is accepted.    Students are expected to make up any excused work within the time frame specified in the student handbook.


Class Announcements:  Class announcements, test reminders, due date reminders, etc., will be sent through Remind 101.  To sign up for text and/or email reminders, please text the following to (859) 274-0056:  @5c9e4 .  I encourage both students and parents to join the Remind group for our class.

Technology Policy:  Technology is a wonderful tool that can enhance your educational experience; however, it must be used appropriately and wisely.  Our student handbook technology policies will be upheld in class.  Any cell phones not being used with teacher permission will be taken to the office even if just visible and not in use.  Consequences outlined in the student handbook are as follows:  

  • 1st Offense – Device is confiscated, tagged/ labeled, and turned in to Administrative Office. Device will be returned to student at end of school day.
  • 2nd Offense – Device is confiscated and parent or guardian notified to pick up device.
  • 3rd Offense – Device is confiscated, parent or guardian notified to pick up device, and Friday Night School or ASP.
  • 4th Offense - Device is confiscated, parent or guardian notified to pick up device, and Friday Night School and ASP. Possible Out of School Suspension.

According to the student handbook, any device being used in an inappropriate manner (streaming, gaming, bullying, breaking copyright laws, etc.) will result in the following consequences: 

  • 1st Offense – Warning and/ or 5 Day Suspension of Internet Account
  • 2nd Offense – 15 Day Suspension of Internet Account
  • 3rd Offense – Internet Account Suspended for Remainder of School Year


I have read and understand this course syllabus.


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