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Physics 1: Mechanics

Physics 1: Mechanics brings together advanced problem solvers to explore key concepts in physics. Experienced instructors guide students to creatively solve problems in kinematics, forces, Newton's laws, Newtonian gravity, fluid statics and dynamics, and more. Course materials include handouts and homework sets. Instructions for optional at-home lab activities will also be provided. While "test preparation" is not the main focus, this course is approved by the College Board as an AP Physics 1 class for students in grades 9-12 and students who complete this course are well prepared for all topics on the AP Physics 1 exam.

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Schedule

Sunday
Oct 22 - Apr 21
7:30 - 9:00
PM ET
Oct 22 - Apr 21
7:30 - 9:00 PM Eastern
6:30 - 8:00 PM Central
5:30 - 7:00 PM Mountain
4:30 - 6:00 PM Pacific
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$690 (~$29/week)
$690 (~$29/week)
CLOSED
Monday
Feb 5 - Jul 22
7:30 - 9:00
PM ET
Feb 5 - Jul 22
7:30 - 9:00 PM Eastern
6:30 - 8:00 PM Central
5:30 - 7:00 PM Mountain
4:30 - 6:00 PM Pacific
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$690 (~$29/week)
$690 (~$29/week)
CLOSED
Sunday
Mar 24 - Sep 15
7:30 - 9:00
PM ET
Mar 24 - Sep 15
7:30 - 9:00 PM Eastern
6:30 - 8:00 PM Central
5:30 - 7:00 PM Mountain
4:30 - 6:00 PM Pacific
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$690 (~$29/week)
$690 (~$29/week)
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AoPS Holidays

There are no classes May 25 ‐ 27, July 4, August 30 ‐ September 2, and November 25 ‐ December 1.

Who Should Take?

This course is intended for students who are interested in learning mechanics and Newton's laws. It covers the material on the AP Physics 1 exam, and is suitable for students interested in taking that exam. Students who have completed a typical algebra course or our Introduction to Algebra A are ready for Physics 1: Mechanics. This course does not require previous physics experience, though we recommend Introduction to Physics for students looking to build their foundation in physics thinking.

Lessons

Lesson 1 Velocity
Lesson 2 Acceleration
Lesson 3 Projectile Motion
Lesson 4 Energy Conservation
Lesson 5 Forms of Energy
Lesson 6 Simple Machines
Lesson 7 Circular Motion
Lesson 8 Simple Harmonic Motion
Lesson 9 Rotational Kinematics
Lesson 10 Rotational Dynamics
Lesson 11 Vectors
Lesson 12 2D and 3D Kinematics
Lesson 13 Momentum
Lesson 14 Collisions
Lesson 15 Forces via Momentum
Lesson 16 Forces via Energy
Lesson 17 Statics
Lesson 18 Newton's Laws of Motion
Lesson 19 Problem Solving with Forces
Lesson 20 Newton's Gravitational Law
Lesson 21 Torque
Lesson 22 Angular Momentum
Lesson 23 Fluid Statics
Lesson 24 Fluid Dynamics

I liked the way my instructor presented and taught all the topics in this course. I feel that the challenge problems were truly challenging. They really kept me thinking about how many different ways I can come up with a solution. One main thing that I have improved during this course was learning how to write a detailed explanation under the writing challenge problem. The elaborate feedback that I received for the writing challenge problem was helpful and I was able to find an easier way to do the problem. I also learned how to use LaTeX. Overall I can't explain in words how much I truly enjoyed this course.