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AP Physics 1




College Equivalency

Course Overview

Learn about the foundational principles of physics as you explore Newtonian mechanics; work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits.

Skills You'll Learn

  • Interpreting and describing representations and models
  • Using mathematics to solve science problems
  • Formulating a scientific question or hypothesis
  • Designing an experiment to answer a scientific question or to test a hypothesis
  • Analyzing data and evaluating evidence
  • Working with scientific explanations and theories
  • Making connections
Mathematics Overview

Equivalency and Prerequisites

Exam Overview

The AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based Exam will test your understanding of the scientific concepts covered in the course units, as well as your ability to use algebra when solving problems related to Newtonian mechanics, energy, and more.

You can use a four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator throughout the exam, and you will be provided with tables of commonly used physics equations and formulas.


3 hours


Paper (in school) or Digital (in school and at home)


Section 1 | Multiple Choice | 50 questions Section 2 | Free Response | 5 questions

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