AP Physics 1 - Kolbe Academy

AP Physics 1

This course is designed to give an understanding of classical physics.  Physics is the science of the natural laws of the physical universe, which, like the natural moral law, flow through creation, having as their origin the goodness of God.  “The beauty of creation reflects the infinite beauty of the Creator and ought to inspire the respect and submission of man’s intellect and will” (New Catechism of the Catholic Church 342).

This course is typically done in 11th or 12th grade and includes the following topics:

  • Measurement
  • Motion in one direction
  • Vectors
  • Motion in two & three dimensions
  • Forces
  • Newton’s laws
  • Work
  • Energy
  • Power
  • Momentum circular motion
  • Rotational kinematics
  • Rotational dynamics
  • Static equilibrium & elasticity
  • Gravity & orbitals
  • Oscillations & harmonic motion
  • Wave motion
  • Sound
  • Wave superposition & interference
  • Electric charge & Coulomb’s law
  • Electric current & resistance
  • Capacitors
  • Direct current circuits 

Hands-on lab is a requirement for the AP Physics 1 course.  For your convenience, our AP Physics instructor has put together a list of labs and corresponding materials to help you determine costs up front.  Cost: approximately $150.

Household Materials:

  • Scotch Tape
  • Scissors
  • Dry erase marker
  • 2 Golf balls
  • 1 Ping pong ball
  • 4 identical paper notecards
  • 2 meters sturdy thread
  • 2 Styrofoam plates (same size)
  • 1 Rubber balloon
  • 1 empty cardboard paper-towel tube
  • 1 roll of aluminum foi
  • 1 AA battery
  • A wool or fleece object (blanket, sweater, etc.)
  • Wooden board (min 1ft wide by 2ft long)
  • Small wooden beam (about 1 ft long)
  • White board or large piece of white cardboard
  • Ream of printer paper (with outside wrapping intact)
  • Stack of books, including 1 heavy book

Home Science Tools

Use this link to find the below items and conveniently add them to your cart.

  • Centripetal force kit
  • Electricity Science Kit
  • DC Motor Kit
  • Hook’s Law Spring
  • Slinky
  • Slotted mass set
  • Digital stopwatch
  • Metric tape measure
  • Analog bathroom scale

Students taking this course for Kolbe Honors (OH) credit are expected to complete daily assignments, participate in class, and complete periodic exams and quizzes as assigned by their instructor.  Kolbe Honors (OH) students will go into more depth and cover more material than the Kolbe Core (OK) students. All requirements are assigned and graded by the instructor.

  • Principles of Physics, Digital Text only

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Course Details:

Enrollment Options Tuition Course Schedule

Course Code


Grades (Typical)

9 – 12 (11th, 12th)

Live Class Meets

2x per week

1 hr. 20 min.

Credits (Type)

10 (Science with Lab)

Transcript Designation




Algebra 2

Companion Courses

Precalculus or AP Calculus AB

Physics Lab


Also offered at the Kolbe Core (OK) level.

Parents must find a local school to take the AP exam.*


*Taking the AP® Exam:

The burden of taking the AP® exam is on the parent and student.  Kolbe Academy does not find or provide a physical setting for students to take the exam.

The following information is taken directly from the College Board’s website: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/register-for-ap-exams

If you are a home-schooled student, you are preparing on your own, or you attend a school that does not offer AP®, you can still take the exams by arranging to test at a participating school or authorized test center (for students outside the U.S.).  Call AP® Services for Students no later than March 3 to get the names and phone numbers of local, participating AP® Coordinators who have indicated a willingness to test outside students.  Then contact the AP® Coordinators identified by AP® Services for Students no later than March 17.  When calling AP® Coordinators to arrange testing, be sure to tell them:

  • You are trying to locate a school willing to administer exams to home-schooled students or students from schools that do not offer AP® Exams.
  • The exams you plan to take.

Once you locate a school willing to administer your exams, that school’s AP® Coordinator is responsible for ordering your exam materials, telling you when and where to report for the exams, and collecting the exam fees, which may be negotiated to recover additional proctoring or administration costs.  That school must administer the exams for you; the school cannot forward exam materials to you or your school for handling.  You must bring a valid government- or school-issued photo ID with you to the exam.

On exam day, you must not use the school code of the school at which you test.  You need to use your school’s code so your exam score(s) will be reported to your own school.  Be sure to obtain your school’s six-digit code from your principal or school counselor in advance of the exam. (Kolbe’s Code is 052084)  If you are home-schooled, use the state or international home-school code given to you on the day of the exam.