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:

Section Number



Mrs. Reidy

Grades (Typical)

9 – 12 (11th, 12th)

Live Class Meets

2x per week

1 hr. 20 min.


Tuesday & Thursday

Class Period



9:00-10:20 AM PT

12:00-1:20 PM ET



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. Kolbe is not responsible for making

these arrangements for the student.