Gateway Regional High School

Course Information

AP Physics


Mrs. Broadbelt


Phone Number

856-848-8200 ext 585

Course Website

Google Classroom Code:  fmo2uq

Remind (Text Reminders):  Text @bbeltap to 81010

Course Description

        The AP Physics 1 Course has been designed by the College Board as a course equivalent to the algebra-based college-level physics class. At the end of the course, students will take the AP Physics 1 Exam, which will test their knowledge of both the concepts taught in the classroom and their use of the correct formulas.

The content for the course is based on six big ideas:

Big Idea 1 – Objects and systems have properties such as mass and charge. Systems may have internal structure.

Big Idea 2 – Fields existing in space can be used to explain interactions.

Big Idea 3 – The interactions of an object with other objects can be described by forces.

Big Idea 4 – Interactions between systems can result in changes in those systems.

Big Idea 5 – Changes that occur as a result of interactions are constrained by conservation laws.

Big Idea 6 – 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.


The course focuses on the interconnections between the various strands and units contained in the course syllabus and how each contributes to the “Big Ideas” that provide a core foundation for this science course. Problem solving techniques and strategies are fine tuned throughout the year, and students are continually tasked with connecting physics applications learned in different units in order to synthesize solutions to complex problems.

Course Expectations and Assessments

60% Primary - Tests, Projects (Applicable to Unit), Individual Formal Lab Reports.

30% Secondary - Quizzes, Minilabs, Classroom Activities, Group Formal Lab Reports

10% Support - Classwork and Homework


Students will get grades on quizzes, laboratory work, projects, and exams. Exams are typically worth 100 points and will consist of questions similar to ones students will see on the AP Exam.  Assignments and quizzes will consist of problems from the textbook, supplements, and old AP Exams. Projects are long-term, and typically will involve groups of students developing a plan, collecting data and/or research, and presenting conclusions in a meaningful way.  Laboratory work is student centered and inquiry based.

Course Policies 

Retakes are available to all students, please be aware of Science Department Policy given below to be eligible for retakes.  

Required and Recommended Materials 

 (Please note, I have an extra stock of binders/folders and you may request one if you would like.  Calculators, pens and pencils are available to borrow during class as well.  I don’t recommend cell phones as calculators since they are not to be used during quizzes and tests.  I would like to see you have a calculator that you feel comfortable using during assessments.)

Missed Assignments/Make-Up Work


        I will be available after school for makeup tests, test retakes, and extra help on Tuesday through Thursday each week unless otherwise stated in class.  Be sure to let me know that you would like to stay.  I am coming from another place 8th period each day, so I may not be at my door right after the first bell.  

Classroom Behavioral Expectations and Rewards/Consequences

Please follow the classroom expectations to have a respectful, safe and engaging school year.

If needed the following will use to address any classroom issues.