Physics 1

The changes from AP B Physics to AP Physics 1, will be challenging and will require a more conceptual understanding of the basic laws of Physics. During the workshop we will see how the Big Ideas, Essential Knowledge, and Science Practices tie into the Learning Objectives that a student must be able to do that will demonstrate their understanding of these basic concepts. In addition to a mathematical understanding, students of Physics 1 must be able to articulate, in correct scientific terms, these concepts.

The daily agenda will be fluid so that it can conform to the needs of the participants. Focus will be on:

  1. Building Studentís Critical Thinking Skills.
  2. Developing materials that participants can use in their classroom in the upcoming school year to help their students with thinking skills.


Student responses to the modifications made to the multiple-choice section of the test. Understanding what the student will be expected to demonstrate in the free response section of the test. These will include:




  • Introductions
  • AP Equity and Access Policy
  • Content that needs to be covered for AP Physics 1
  • Concept Outline for Physics 1
  • The method of coordinating knowledge and skills that students will need to demonstrate on the AP Physics 1 Test.
  • Concept Outline links the
  • Big Ideas (There are 7 Big Ideas, but only the first 6 will apply to Physics 1)
  • Enduring Understandings Ė What the students must retain.
  • Essential Knowledge that will support the Enduring Understandings
  • Science Practices that articulate what the student should know and be able to do.
  • Learning Objectives Ė pairs the Essential Knowledge to the Science Practices
  • Lunch
  • Pacing guide
  • Syllabus development (on going during the week.)
  • Example Mini Lesson and Mapping the Lesson to the Curriculum Framework.
  • Participants will work in groups to create a mini-lesson based on an assigned task. These will be shared with all the other participants.


  • What will be tested on the AP Physics 1 Exam will illustrate how the Learning Objectives will be assessed.
  • Building Studentís Critical Thinking Skills to Answer the Multiple-Choice and Free Response Section of the New Test.
  • Participants will learn strategies for incorporating reasoning tasks that aid their students in building deeper conceptual understandings of the basic physics concepts.
  • In groups, participants will develop several types of reasoning tasks that they can use in their classrooms These activities will be shared with the group. (Bring your cell phones to record the activities that are developed during the workshop.)
  • Lunch
  • The new AP Physics 1 has expanded the content that students will need.
  • Special Topics on Angular Motion, Angular Dynamics, and Conservation of Angular Momentum are included on the new test.
  • We will do a laboratory experiment in the afternoon session as an inquiry lab and then modify and adapt it for the new Physics I format.


  • We will do another laboratory experiment in the morning session as an inquiry lab and then modify and adapt for the new Physics 1 format as we did on Wednesday.
  • (Bring a laboratory experiment that works very well with your students. You will adapt it in the new format of the lab questions and share with the others on Friday.)
  • Lunch
  • Continue with Syllabus development and Building Studentís Critical Thinking Skills.
  • Special Topics as needed
  • Writing Multiple Choice and Free Response Questions based on the Learning Objectives.
  • Group work in developing MC and Free Response Questions that will be shared with the entire group on Friday.


  • Review of Multiple Choice Questions from the old AP B Physics released tests and modification of them into the new format to build your new question bank.
  • Continued work as needed on Friday afternoon presentations and/or syllabus development.
  • Lunch
  • Presentations
  • Downloads (Bring your jump drives)
  • Paper Work

Everyone was engaged all week.

–Past Client

Thomas Hoch

Tom teaches and is the Science Department Chair at Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Delaware with over 25 years experience. He is a AP reader of the Physics exam and a workshop leader for the College Board

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Institute Faculty

The faculty have been selected for their teaching expertise, creativity, innovations in teaching and experience with the AP* Program curriculum. All faculty members are endorsed and certified by the Middle Atlantic Regional Office of The College Board and have demonstrated a commitment to excellence that is second to none.

Daily Schedule

Classes are scheduled from Tuesday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Class check-in begins at 7 a.m. with as brief orientation at 7:20 a.m.

Participants receive a catered lunch at a waterfront restaurant each day.

Morning and afternoon coffee/snack breaks are provided each day.

An Opportunity for Learning and Interacting

Instructors encourage sharing among participants that will enhance the knowledgeand skills of all participants for effective teaching. The opportunity to exchange and communicate with instructors and colleagues within the Middle Atlantic Region and beyond is a valued support resource for the entire school year.

Course Questions?

Questions/concerns about your particular course can be addressed by going to course description and clicking on the instructor’s name. You will then be able to e-mail the instructor. Any problems call the Lewes Summer Institute office at 302-644-0277.

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