| ||The AP Physics option allows students to develop more advanced skills for each unit of the Honors Physics course, to apply scientific methods and analyze current research results, to perform more detailed and complex laboratory investigations, and to engage in learning activities and quizzes, which (together with the Honors Physics course requirements) meet or exceed the AP standards for a first-year college level physics course and which are also designed to prepare them to excel on the AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 examinations.
In 2014, the Physics B exam was split into two one-year courses, Physics 1 and Physics 2. Many students are unable to take this amount of time to gain an understanding of the physics required for college level work in physics, astronomy, or engineering. This course is a unique AP-approved opportunity for the dedicated student to complete both courses in a single year. Students must be taking Honors Physics simultaneously to be accepted for the AP Physics Option. Students completing both courses satisfactorily will receive AP credit for their work.
REQUIRED LAB WORK: AP Option students must complete a specific number of labs in each topic area for a total of 18 labs: 7 labs from classical mechanics; 4 labs from solids, liquids, gases, and thermodynamics; 5 labs from electricity and magnetism, and 2 labs from modern physics.
This course is taught using the Scholars Online Chat software, which allows the teacher to embed graphics, mathematical equations, and movies in the chat session, with complete logging available for the entire year. Audio software is not used to allow students with limited internet access to participate fully, and to encourage precise thinking and writing skills.