Advanced Placement (AP) Program » 2019 Summer work for AP Physics

2019 Summer work for AP Physics

Welcome to AP Physics 1, everybody!  I am very happy that you have decided to take this course and embark upon what I believe will be a challenging and

Welcome to AP Physics 1, everybody!  I am very happy that you have decided to take this course and embark upon what I believe will be a challenging and rewarding educational journey. Below is an outline and brief introduction to the work that is required for this class over the summer. This is not intended to be “busy work.” By completing these relatively small tasks each week (i.e. NOT the week before you return to school), you will perform a lot of review of concepts you learned in earlier science classes, practice skills that we will be using throughout the year, discover resources that will help you throughout the course, and be better prepared and more confident to begin the school year. I want you to understand that I, like you, enjoy summer break, so find a good balance between work and play!

First Steps for the Summer:

  1. IMMEDIATELY: Sign up for AP Physics 2020 Google Classroom (code:
    10x5z). To help you balance work and play over the summer, there will be a weekly announcement on this Google Classroom telling you which chapter(s) of the book to read and any other work for that week. It is important that you stay up to date on this, so each week is just a medium amount of work.

  2. During the first week of summer break: To supplement the textbook, there are LOTS of AP Physics videos online on every topic. I will post links to three good series on Google Classroom for you to preview - some are weird, some are funny, some are serious - choose whichever suits your style best and go to those throughout the summer and next year to review or clarify concepts.


  1. TEXTBOOK?: We will use a free electronic (.pdf) textbook called "OpenStax College Physics for AP Courses". The textbook is always available on this Google Classroom - just go to the "Classwork/Materials" section. You can download the textbook or individual chapters, view it on any device, or print chapters if you prefer paper and need to annotate. While we will rarely read the textbook in class, you will need to read itat home to clarify and reinforce concepts that you are learning about.


Course Preview:


AP Physics is a challenging field of study. Unlike some college courses, it is impossible to simply memorize the information or cram in some study the night before an exam – you must have enough mastery of each concept to be able to apply it in completely new and unexpected situations. 25% of our class time will be spent doing hands-on laboratory investigations. This is a full-year course that is the equivalent of a first-semester introductory college course in algebra-based physics. Therefore I expect college level work habits from my students. Because the AP Physics exam will be held in the afternoon on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, class time is very precious. We will use most of April reviewing for the exam. This leaves us with about 6 months, including breaks and holidays, to prepare for the AP Exam. It is imperative that we use our time as efficiently as possible.  

The major topics we will be covering this year are:


  1. Kinematics: 1-Dimensional and 2-Dimensional Motion
  2. Dynamics: Forces, Friction, Newton’s Laws
  3. Circular Motion and Universal Law of Gravitation
  4. Work, Energy, and Conservation of Energy
  5. Impulse and Linear Momentum: Collisions
  6. Rotational Kinematics and Energy, Rotational Dynamics, Angular Momentum


  1. Simple Harmonic Motion: Simple Pendulum and Mass-Spring Systems
  2. Mechanical Waves and Sound
  3. Electrostatics: Electric Charge and Electric Force
  4. DC Circuits: Voltage, Current and Resistance


I look forward to our year together!


Mr. Phillips

Physics & AP Physics Teacher

John Hancock College Preparatory High School

4034 W. 56th St., Chicago, IL 60629


773-535-2410 ex. 25287