Physics 30 Advanced Placement (AP)

Course Description


This course is delivered asynchronously; however, there is a registration deadline and students will be expected to move through the course with each other.  Therefore, there will be due dates on assignments that must be followed.  There will also be times where students must meet with the instructor online through video conferencing.  Students are expected to register for this course for the entire school year.

Physical Science 20 and Physics 30 AP are combined into a single course designed to be equivalent to the first semester of an introductory college-level algebra-based physics course which prepares students for the AP Physics 1 Exam.  This course is useful for potential engineering, pre-med, science and computer science majors as well as anyone interested in Physics. It is also a fantastic college preparatory course. Since Physics 30 AP is taught over a full school year, there is time for thorough, in-depth, student centered activities allowing students to carry out careful experiments and design practical laboratory work to answer real world questions. Physics 30 AP ends with completing an exam (administered by the AP Board) that can be used to earn College credit (this depends on the institution and how you do on the exam).

For general Advanced Placement information including exam fees and where to write the exam click here.

Credits Earned

Successful completion of this course will prepare you for the AP Physics 1 exam, to be written in May, and earn students the Physical Science 20 and Physics 30 high school credits. After the exam, students will need to complete two modules to fully earn the Physical Science 20 and Physics 30 high school credits. If you attempt the AP Exam you will have an AP designation for Physics 30 on your transcript; otherwise, you will receive the regular Physics 30 credit. There is no AP designation for 20 level courses, so students will receive the regular Physical Science 20 credit regardless of whether the exam is attempted or not.  Other important details about Advanced Placement  (AP) lie below the Course Description.  All students considering AP should read all of these details.

Course Costs:

If you are not registered with the Sun West School Division, or are 22 years of age or older, then this course will cost $1000 as there are two 100 hour credits associated.

Units of Study

  • Unit 0 - Intro and Math Concepts
  • Unit 1 - Kinematics
  • Unit 2 - Dynamics
  • Unit 3 - Circular Motion and Gravitation
  • Unit 4 - Work, Energy & Power
  • Unit 5 - Impulse & Linear Momentum
  • Unit 6 - Rotational Kinematics and Dynamics
  • Unit 7 - Simple Harmonic Motion
  • Unit 8 - Mechanical Waves & Sound
  • Unit 9 - Electrostatics
  • Unit 10 - Direct Current Electric Circuits
  • Physical Science 20 AP 1 Module
  • Physics 30 AP 1 Module

Course Materials


To achieve the high school credits associated with this course students must have obtained Science 10; however, this course is rigorous (equivalent to a first year university course) and students must be highly motivated to succeed.Internet is required for this course.

Delivery Method

Online Asynchronous

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