AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based

AP Sciences AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based

Develop scientific critical thinking and reasoning skills through inquiry based learning.

Explore topics such as Newtonian mechanics (including rotational motion); work, energy, and power; mechanical waves and sound; and introductory, simple circuits.

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About the Exam

The exam is three hours long and has two parts — multiple-choice and free-response. Each section is worth 50% of the final exam score.

Exam questions are based on learning objectives, which combine science practices with specific content. You'll need to:
  • Solve problems mathematically — including symbolically
  • Design and describe experiments and analyze data and sources of error
  • Explain, reason, or justify answers with emphasis on deeper, conceptual understanding
  • Interpret and develop conceptual models
Section I: Multiple-Choice
1 hour and 30 minutes; 50 questions consisting of:
  • 45 discrete items and items in sets
  • 5 multiple-correct items (two options are correct)
Section II: Free-Response
1 hour and 30 minutes; 5 questions consisting of:
  • 1 experimental design question
  • 1 quantitative/qualitative translation question
  • 3 short-answer questions, one requiring a paragraph-length argument
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