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AP® Physics 1

Challenging Concepts

Larry Cain, Peggy Bertrand, and Robert Morse

This course covers 8 different challenging topics in AP® Physics 1. Well-respected AP instructors from around the USA will lead you through video, assessment questions, and interactive activities.

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This course covers 8 different challenging topics in AP® Physics 1. Well-respected AP instructors from around the USA will lead you through video, assessment questions, and interactive activities.

Each module breaks these tricky topics into bite-sized pieces - with short instructional videos, on-screen simulations, interactive graphs, and practice problems written by many of the same people who write and grade your AP® Physics 1 & 2 exams.

Topics include:

  1. Acceleration
  2. Force Diagrams
  3. Free Fall and Projectile Motion
  4. Momentum
  5. Rotational Motion
  6. Angular Momentum
  7. Standing Waves
  8. Conservation of Charge & Energy in Circuits

* Advanced Placement® and AP® are trademarks registered and/or owned by the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, these offerings. Stand-alone units cover the most challenging concepts in the newly redesigned AP® Physics 1 curricula (based on College Board data from 2011–2013 AP® Physics B exams).

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Know what's good
, what to watch for
, and possible dealbreakers
Covers foundational and challenging topics that align with the recently redesigned AP® Physics 1 curriculum, making it highly relevant for students preparing for the AP® Physics 1 & 2 exams
AP® Physics 1 & 2 exam writers contribute to the course, ensuring alignment with the latest exam requirements
Well-respected AP® instructors from across the USA provide expert guidance and insights throughout the course
Provides a comprehensive study of key concepts in AP® Physics 1, making it suitable for students seeking a deeper understanding of the subject
Incorporates a variety of interactive elements, including videos, simulations, and practice problems, to enhance engagement and understanding

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Learners who complete AP® Physics 1: Challenging Concepts will develop knowledge and skills that may be useful to these careers:
Physics Teacher
A Physics Teacher instructs and educates students about Physics concepts, principles, and applications. This can occur at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary level. A Physics Teacher may also help students develop essential skills such as problem solving, data analysis, and critical thinking. Course topics may help build a foundation for this role by teaching topics like Acceleration, Force Diagrams, and Standing Waves.
Physicist
A Physicist conceptualizes and designs experiments to study and interpret changes in the physical world. Experiments can occur in a laboratory or in the field. Some Physicists create models and simulations to build on existing knowledge. Course topics may help build a foundation for this role by teaching topics like Acceleration, Force Diagrams, and Standing Waves.
Research Analyst
A Research Analyst gathers, analyzes, and interprets data and information to solve problems and provide insights in a specialized field. This course may help build a foundation for this role by teaching data analysis and problem-solving techniques through topics such as Force Diagrams, Free Fall and Projectile Motion, and Momentum.
Quality Control Inspector
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Astronomer
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Environmental Scientist
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Engineer
An Engineer designs, builds, and maintains structures and systems. This can involve working on a variety of projects, including buildings, bridges, roads, and vehicles. Course topics may help build a foundation for this role by teaching topics like Force Diagrams, Rotational Motion, and Conservation of Charge & Energy in Circuits.
Computer Scientist
A Computer Scientist designs, develops, and implements computer systems and applications. This can involve working on a variety of projects, including software development, data analysis, and artificial intelligence. Course topics may help build a foundation for this role by teaching topics like Rotational Motion, Angular Momentum, and Conservation of Charge & Energy in Circuits.
Financial Analyst
A Financial Analyst evaluates and makes recommendations on investments and financial products. This can involve working on a variety of projects, including portfolio management, risk assessment, and mergers and acquisitions. Course topics may help build a foundation for this role by teaching topics like Momentum, Rotational Motion, and Standing Waves.
Statistician
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Mathematician
A Mathematician studies and develops mathematical theories and techniques. This can involve working on a variety of topics, including algebra, geometry, topology, and statistics. Course topics may help build a foundation for this role by teaching topics like Rotational Motion, Angular Momentum, and Conservation of Charge & Energy in Circuits.
Operations Research Analyst
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Technical Writer
A Technical Writer creates and edits technical documentation, such as manuals, reports, and presentations. This can involve working on a variety of topics, including software, hardware, and engineering. Course topics may help build a foundation for this role by teaching topics like Acceleration, Force Diagrams, and Standing Waves.
Consultant
A Consultant provides advice and guidance to organizations on a variety of topics, including business strategy, operations, and technology. This can involve working on a variety of projects, including market research, feasibility studies, and implementation plans. Course topics may help build a foundation for this role by teaching topics like Acceleration, Force Diagrams, and Standing Waves.
Science Writer
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