AP Science Practices
The Physics 1 and 2 course content is based around 7 "Big Ideas" as given below.
- The student can use representations and models to communicate scientific phenomena and solve scientific problems.
- The student can use mathematics appropriately.
- The student can engage in scientific questioning to extend thinking or to guide investigations within the context of the AP course.
- The student can plan and implement data collection strategies in relation to a particular scientific question. (Note: Data can be collected from many different sources, e.g., investigations, scientific observations, the findings of others, historic reconstruction and/or archived data.)
- The student can perform data analysis and evaluation of evidence.
- The student can work with scientific explanations and theories.
- The student is able to connect and relate knowledge across various scales, concepts and representations in and across domains.
- Big idea 1: Objects and systems have properties such as mass and charge. Systems may have internal structure.
- Big idea 2: Fields existing in space can be used to explain interactions.
- Big idea 3: e interactions of an object with other objects can be described by forces.
- Big idea 4: Interactions between systems can result in changes in those systems.
- Big idea 5: Changes that occur as a result of interactions are constrained by conservation laws.
- Big idea 6: Waves can transfer energy and momentum from one location to another without the permanent transfer of mass and serve as a mathematical model for the description of other phenomena.
- Big idea 7: Thee mathematics of probability can be used to describe the behavior of complex systems and to interpret the behavior of quantum mechanical systems.