AP Physics 1 and 2 Combination

Chat times for 2017-2018
Monday-Wednesday-Friday
12:30pm-2pm ET/9:30am-11am PT


Dr. Christe Ann McMenomy

Scholars Online Physics for 2017-2018

Course Overview for 2018-2019

In 2018-2019, Scholars Online will offer a two-level physics course. The Physics Core course will cover physics at the high school level. When combined with the AP Physics Option, the complete course will cover physics at a first-year college level meeting the AP Physics 1 and Physics 2 syllabus requirements. Topics include:

  • Kinematics (motion) in one, two and three dimensions, including rotational motion
  • Dynamics (forces) and Equilibrium
  • Work and Energy
  • Momentum
  • Solids and Fluids
  • Waves and Vibration
  • Thermodynamics (temperture, heat, and entropy)
  • Electrical charges, fields currents, and circuits
  • Magnetism
  • Electronmagnetic waves, Light, and Optics
  • Special Relativity
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Nuclear Energy and Elementary Particles
  • Astrophysics and Cosmology

We will approach this mass of material through our texts, through discussion, through guided Web Tours, and through lab experiences. As we learn about the concepts and methods of modern physics, we will try to put them into perspective by addressing these questions:

  • What is science?
  • What is scientific methodology?
  • How do we observe a natural object or event?
  • How do we use instruments to discover more detailed information about matter, energy, motion, and forces?
  • How do we evaluate and organize our knowledge?
  • What are hypotheses, models, theories, and natural laws? How do we test, accept, or disprove a theory?
  • How does the very act of organizing knowledge limit or enhance the way we think about nature and ourselves?
  • What are the ethical implications of scientific investigations into energy and matter?
  • How does making an abstract model help us understand a "real event"? How does it obscure the reality of the event?
  • What are the areas of conflict between current physics theories and models, and the social, cultural, and religious concerns of the human community?
  • What are our responsibilities as stewards of the natural resources of Earth?

Students with limited time, and those not pursuing physical science at the college level but still wishing to learn the fundamental rules that govern the universe should enroll in the Core course.

Students who wish to earn college credit in a physical science and who intend to pursue a college course in physics, engineering or astronomy will find the additional AP Option useful preparation for college-level science. Because many students are unable to take two years to cover the nwe AP curriculum for Physics 1 and 2, this combined Physics 1 and 2 AP option provides a unique AP-approved opportunity for the dedicated student to complete the requirements for both AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 in a single year. Note that up to 15 hours per week may be required for the combined Core and AP chat preparation, quizzes, in depth lab work and AP examination preparation.

Meetings: All students must take the Core Course, which will meet twice weekly in online chat sessions for open discussion of issues students may have with concepts and applications in their assigned reading and activities. Students taking the AP option will attend a third session each week covering key topics in greater detail, discussing more extensive lab work, and involving further activities to help them prepare for the AP Physics 1 and Physics 2 examinations.

Credit: Students completing the core course will receive high school physics credit. Students taking the AP option and completing the AP section successfully will receive AP credit for both Physics 1 and Physics 2. Students who take the AP option but do not complete all AP requirements may receive honors credit for their additional work beyond the high school level.

You may review the Physics 1 letter of certification, the Physics 2 letter of certification, and both the Physics 1 formal syllabus and Physics 2 formal syllabus for this course as approved by the College Board.

Standard Exam Preparation: Students taking the core course should be well prepared to take both the SAT II Physics Test. Students taking the AP option will be prepared to take the AP examination in both Physics 1 (Classical Mechanics) and Physics 2 (Modern Physics). Those interested in either exam should read the Physics Exam Preparation page, and contact the instructor if they have questions.

Prerequisites: Scholars Online Physics Core Course is designed to be an independent course for students who have completed a rigorous junior high school physicsal or earth science course, or Scholars Online Natural Science I and II. The AP Option requires simultaneous enrollment in the Core Course.

Labs and Lab Equipment:

Students must have parental permission to perform labs in order to receive credit. The lab permission form and a list of required equipment and materials is available from the Lab Requirements page.


Need more information? Further details on this course are available at this site on course procedures, our apprach to evolution, and other frequently-asked questions.

Enrollment: To enroll in this course, or for further information on Scholars Online, please visit the Scholars Online Website.