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AP Physics 1 Study Guides for Every Unit

4 min readβ€’december 14, 2021

Peter Cao

Peter Cao

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Studying for the 2021 AP Physics 1 exam? We've pulled together a list of study guides for every unit so you can focus your time on studying and not looking for resources! All of these study guides were created by AP Physics 1 teachers and students who have passed the exam. They include everything you need to know to get a 5 on the exam.
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β›Έ Unit 1: Kinematics

Unit 1 is your first foray into physics! You'll study kinematics, the study of the motion of matter. In this unit, you're introduced to the fundamental quantities of kinematics and the equations relating them. First, one-dimensional kinematics is covered, but you'll quickly learn that these topics apply to multiple dimensions as well.

πŸŒ€ Unit 2: Dynamics

After kinematics, we move onto dynamics, which is the study of forces and how motion changes over time. We will also be introduced to Newton’s Laws of Motion, which are the bread and butter of mechanics and also a lot of other physical concepts as well.

πŸš€ Unit 3: Circular Motion and Gravitation

We then move onto circular motion and gravitation, where an object moves around a central point or object. Gravitation is also an attractive field force, where one object attracts another, but these objects don’t have to be touching, unlike the forces you’ve learned in unit 2.

⚑ Unit 4: Energy

We then move on to discussing energy, which is the ability for an object to do work. We will talk about kinetic energy, the energy of an object in motion, and potential energy, the energy of an object due to its position.

β›³ Unit 5: Momentum

We will also talk about momentum, which can be said as how much motion an object has and is the product of mass and velocity. We’ll discuss how momentum can change due to an outside force and collisions.
5.0 - Unit 5 Overview (In Progress)

🎸 Unit 6: Simple Harmonic Motion

In this unit, springs and pendulums are the name of the game as we discuss these two systems and what they have in common. Hint: they go back and forth and back and forth and, well you get the point.

🎑 Unit 7: Torque and Rotational Motion

After dealing with motion in x-y coordinates, we switch to rotational motion, where position is measured in terms of the angle rotated around a cent

πŸ’‘ Unit 8: Electric Charges and Electric Force

We’re done with mechanics now! We now move onto the study of electricity, a world of protons and electrons and charges. Newton’s laws still apply here when we talk about attractive and repulsive forces, however.

πŸ”‹ Unit 9: DC Circuits

In Unit 8, we were mainly concerned with electrostatics which is when charge is stuck in place. In this unit, we have moving charge, which creates a current, and with current we have a circuit! This is a somewhat computationally intense unit, especially when we get to solving voltages and currents on a circuit.

🌊 Unit 10: Mechanical Waves and Sound

We’re almost done with AP Physics 1 now! However, there’s still one last challenge, waves and sound. A wave is the transfer of energy through space and sometimes needs a medium. Through our study of wave motion, we will also learn about sound and how sound waves work too!

Browse Study Guides By Unit
πŸ‘ŸUnit 1 – Kinematics
πŸŒ€Unit 2 – Dynamics
πŸš€Unit 3 – Circular Motion & Gravitation
⚑️Unit 4 – Energy
⛳️Unit 5 – Momentum
🎸Unit 6 – Simple Harmonic Motion
🎑Unit 7 – Torque & Rotational Motion
πŸ’‘Unit 8 – Electric Charges & Electric Force
πŸ”‹Unit 9 – DC Circuits
πŸ”ŠUnit 10 – Mechanical Waves & Sound
πŸ‘‰AP Physics Essentials
🧐Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
✍️Free Response Questions (FRQs)
πŸ“†Big Reviews: Finals & Exam Prep

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