The 10-week course focuses on classical mechanics and simple electrical circuits using an algebraic approach. It assumes no prior knowledge of physics and emphasizes on building qualitative and quantitative reasoning in physical thinking. Students will learn critical skills in scientific inquiry, investigation, modeling, diagramming, unit analysis, laboratory techniques, and data analysis. Students who complete all four sessions from the Summer 2019 - Spring 2020 will be prepared to take the AP Physics 1 & 2 exam in May and SAT II Physics.
We will be using an Open Source textbook from OpenStat, a unit of Rice University. The electronic version will be provided as reading materials in each chapter. If you would like to have a paper copy, you can purchase one here.
The following textbooks are recommended as reading assignments will be given according to this book.
Fullerton, D. (2014) AP Physics 1 Essential, 2nd Edition, Silly Beagle Productions. ISBN-13: 978-0990724208
NOTE: This is an easy to read textbook with lot of solved problems. It is strongly recommended for students who aims at getting an 5 on the AP Physics 1 exam.
You may also use the following textbook commonly used in high school and first-year college physics classes.
Halliday, D., Resnick, R., and Walker, J. (2010). Fundamentals of Physics Extended. 9th Edition, Wiley. ISBN-13: 978-0470469088
NOTE: This is a college level textbook and will be used in all Physics Olympiad classes at Ardent Academy. You should purchase the book if you plan to complete the Ardent Academy Physics Olympiad curriculum.
Another way to save money is to buy a used and older edition of the book or a similar AP Physics C textbook. These older books are good enough for our class. You just need to be motivated to find the appropriate chapters to study during the course.
Here is the class outline: