NAME OF COURSE:           

AP Physics 1, 454, 5.5 credits                                               


Mr. Keller, Room 222,


This course is designed to be the equivalent to a first-semester college course in algebra-based physics. The course covers Newtonian mechanics (including rotational dynamics and angular momentum); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound. It will also introduce electric circuits. Additional topics may be covered as time permits. The course is designed primarily for students with a strong background in math and science who wish to pursue careers in science, engineering, or medicine. Because the material from a single semester is taught over the entire year, students will have time to engage in inquiry-based learning, learn fundamental physical principles, and develop important scientific practices and reasoning skills. The course will prepare students for the Advanced Placement Physics 1 exam which awards credit for 1 semester of a college level course. Students are strongly encouraged to take the AP Physics 1 exam.

COURSE WEBSITE  Course information beyond what is within this syllabus, along with Core Values and Expectations are posted on this site.


College Physics, Serway and Faughn

Although the textbook is available, I do not rely upon one in the class, so I will not distribute them.  If you would still like to sign one out, let me know and you will be free to do so.  An online text is also available at


1) A scientific calculator

2) Pens or pencils and paper

- graph paper is ideal

- you may find a set of colored pencils or pens useful at times


Leave your phone in your locker or turned-off in your backpack.


Exams – 65%

Experiments – 15%

In-class assignments – 15%

Homework – 5%



Exams – 60%

Experiments – 10%

In-class assignments – 15%

Homework – 15%



In the case of a snow cancellation, check the class website sometime after noon.  There will likely be an assignment to complete if your class was scheduled to meet the following day.


Webassign will be used extensively throughout the year.  Sign-up for an account here, using the class code:

“ 2125 3680” for students in A period

“ 0962 4972” for students in C period

“ 6409 0893” for students in E period

“ 7751 9839” for students in G period

Homework will most often entail previewing a set of conceptual questions which will be answered in the next class meeting. The nightly video homework should give you a sense of some of the interesting aspects of the subject and its applications, and the occasional set of notes will save us from wasting class time with me writing something on the board and then you writing that same something in your notebooks. 


Turn assignments in the stacked trays on the side of the room (or in email) by 2:30 on the due date posted.  Graded papers can be collected from the outgoing stack of trays.  Due dates for assignments will be posted on the website.  Partial credit may be given for assignments submitted late.  If you need an extension for an assignment, you must make the request before the day it is due.  Lastly, even though labs will be conducted in groups, students must complete the related assignments individually unless otherwise indicated.

Unguided labs will be shared per-group as a Google document.  They should have the following:

1. Title and student names

2. Objective of the experiment

3. List of equipment used

4. Description of procedure

            - explicit enough that it could be replicated without clarification

            - diagrams if helpful in accomplishing the above

5. Data tables

            - independent variable in the left column

            - column headings with units

            - at least ten data pairs with a reasonably-wide range

            - multiple trials if measurements show influential variability

6. Graph of original data

            - independent variable along the x-axis

            - axes labeled with concepts and units

            - regression curve

7. Linearized graph if (6) is not linear

            - axes labeled with concepts and units

            -regression curve

8. Function of the original data

            - use representative variables rather than x and y

9. Summary of what the function indicates about the physical quantities tested

10. Answers to any supplementary questions





Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

September 23rd *

November 25th

February 10th

April 13th

October 16th

December 16th

March 9th

May 4th

November 4th

January 13th

March 30th


* September 24th for A period

If you have questions about the class, send an email to the above address by 4:00pm and I should be able to reply that day.