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Preparing for the AP* Physics 1 Exam | BUx on EdX | Course About Video


ANDREW DUFFY: Hello. My name is is Andrew
Duffy, and I work here in the physics department
at Boston University. I would like to introduce
you to a course on edX that will help you prepare
for the AP Physics I test or will just help you
learn some physics. Physics is the study of
how the universe works. In this course, we focus
on basic principles, looking at how and why things move. We will also introduce the basics
of how charged objects interact and how simple circuits work. We may spend a lot of time
talking about idealized systems, like blocks on frictional
surfaces, but we will also discuss things like why the Earth
travels around the Sun in a roughly circular orbit rather than
crashing into the sun, which would be very bad for us. If you’re planning to take
the AP Psychics 1 test, then by the end of this 16 week course,
you’d be very well prepared to do that. As much as possible, we
have tried to duplicate the format of that test
in the course assessments. What if you have no interest
in doing the AP Physics I test? That’s perfectly fine. You’re very welcome to
take part in the course and learn about some basic
physics in interesting ways. Labs are a key part of the
AP Physics I curriculum. We’ve tried hard to come up
with lab experiences that take advantage of the
online environment. Some of these labs are
based on simulations. Others are based on high speed
videos of particular experiments, with measurement tools overlaid. You get to decide what to
measure and how to measure it. In some cases, lab reports
will be peer graded. We provide a rubric and your
report is created by other students and you grade reports of
other students yourself. Throughout the course, you
will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact
with me, the course team, which consists of several high
school physics teachers, and thousands of other students from all
over the world on our discussion forum. Take advantage of that opportunity. No matter what your own goals
are, by the end of the course, you should have a much
better understanding and appreciation of
the world around you. We take a lot of things for
granted in our daily lives. This course will give you an opportunity
to reflect on basic questions, such as, how is it possible
to walk across the floor. Why does a ball follow that particular
path as it flies through the air? How does my toaster work? And other questions like that. It should be an interesting journey,
and I hope that you will enjoy it.

Reynold King

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