AP Physics Big Ideas

The course with the most changes was AP Physics, dividing the previous AP B course into two years and drastically changing the approach. If you have questions regarding the whys of these changes, please see here for more information.

Objects and systems have properties such as mass and charge. Systems may have internal structure.

Fields existing in space can be used to explain interactions.

The interactions of an object with other objects can be described by forces.

DCI PS2.A: Forces and Motion

DCI PS3.C: Relationship Between Energy and Forces

Interactions between systems can result in changes in those systems.

DCI PS2.B Types of Interaction

DCI PS2.C Stability and Instability in Physical Systems

Changes that occur as a result of interactions are constrained by conservation laws.

DCI PS1.C: Nuclear Processes

DCI PS3.A: Definitions of Energy

DCI PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer

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.

DCI PS4.A: Wave Properties

DCI PS4.B: Electromagnetic Radiation

DCI PS4.C: Information Technologies and Instrumentation

The mathematics of probability can be used to describe the behavior of complex systems and to interpret the behavior of quantum mechanical systems

__Big idea 1: Objects and Systems__Objects and systems have properties such as mass and charge. Systems may have internal structure.

__Big idea 2: Fields__Fields existing in space can be used to explain interactions.

__Big idea 3: Forces__The interactions of an object with other objects can be described by forces.

DCI PS2.A: Forces and Motion

DCI PS3.C: Relationship Between Energy and Forces

__Big idea 4: Interactions__Interactions between systems can result in changes in those systems.

DCI PS2.B Types of Interaction

DCI PS2.C Stability and Instability in Physical Systems

__Big idea 5: Conservation Laws__Changes that occur as a result of interactions are constrained by conservation laws.

DCI PS1.C: Nuclear Processes

DCI PS3.A: Definitions of Energy

DCI PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer

__Big idea 6: Waves__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.

DCI PS4.A: Wave Properties

DCI PS4.B: Electromagnetic Radiation

DCI PS4.C: Information Technologies and Instrumentation

__Big idea 7: Quantum Mechanics__The mathematics of probability can be used to describe the behavior of complex systems and to interpret the behavior of quantum mechanical systems