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AP Physics 1

From: $98.00 / month for 8 months

Grades: 9th–12th

Live class: Tuesdays 1:00–2:00 p.m. EST (Mrs. Lauria’s HS Physics students also attend this live session)

Course dates: August 26th–May 8th

Price:  $699

Instructor: Kristen Lauria

Instructor email: knlauria@masteryacademic.com

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Course Description

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This class is an advanced high school level class and will provide in-depth instruction in the topics covered by the AP Physics 1 exam. Students will explore the topics in physics through reading, videos, exercises, and labs and will receive live support during weekly class discussions. I will also provide students with access to simulations that allow them to see the concepts of physics in action and how they apply to various situations.

Course Structure

This course covers 16 chapters over 10 units and prepares students for the AP Physics 1 exam. Students will use the textbook, videos, and web links to learn about the topics in this class and will be assessed using questions from the readings, labs, lab activities, and quizzes/exams. Each week students will cover 3-5 sections from a chapter, with most units lasting 2-5 weeks. The unit tests are written in the style of the AP exam to prepare students and curved accordingly. Starting in the spring, there will be a focused AP review and preparation in addition to the weekly class to get ready for the exam in May with dedicated class time to review and learn strategies for the exam. Most students spend 5-8 hours per week working on class material. This class is approved by College Board and can be listed on the student’s transcript as an official AP course.

Who should enroll?

This class is for 9th—12th graders.

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

I believe homework and projects are the best tool for students to practice the skills they are learning and grade homework/provide feedback so they learn as they continue working toward mastery. Assignments are generally graded within 5 days of submission. Grades are based on a combination of homework, quizzes, labs, and exams/projects. Students are also given a participation grade to account for timeliness of completing assignments, class participation, and effort. Communication will take place as needed through email and announcements and responses to student messages are generally within a few hours.

Communication

Once registered, you will receive a welcome email within 24 hours. Throughout the course parents will only be contacted if issues arise and at midterm and close of the course as I try to encourage students to take ownership of the class and contact me directly if they have any concerns. My website is kristenlauria.com.

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Required Texts

OpenStax College Physics for AP courses (available for no charge here:  https://openstax.org/details/books/college-physics-ap-courses)
Note: Course instructor highly recommends the iBook version, if possible.  This can be printed for student use, although an e-book is fine as well.  Please ask course instructor for recommendations if you need a printing company.

A lab equipment list will be sent after enrollment.

Instructor Bio

Kristen Lauria

Kristen Lauria is a lifelong student who has become the teacher.  In second grade she was found stealing teacher’s editions from her public school classroom to teach her younger best friend at home. She’s since progressed to buying her materials legally, but her love of teaching hasn’t wavered.  She spent 4 years in the Navy learning about nuclear reactors and went on to finish her BS in Physics with a minor in Math graduating Cum Laude.  She also was inducted into the physics honor society, Sigma Pi Sigma, having attained a GPA in Physics of over 3.0.  She has her MS in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum from Drexel University and is certified to teach physics and chemistry in the state of Pennsylvania.

In addition to teaching for Aim Academy, she also homeschools her own 2 children in elementary school, counsels her adult stepchildren in what adulting really means, and helps her husband with restoring their 200-year-old farmhouse one slow-moving project at a time.  She also runs her own tutoring company and teaches at her local homeschool co-op.  In her free time (which is rather scarce at the moment) she loves to read and spend time outside enjoying God’s creation.

She hopes to share her love of math and science with all of her students here at Aim Academy.  While she can’t make all the topics students in her classes will be learning easy, she will do her best to make them approachable and interesting.  She hopes to show her students how everything they will encounter in their textbooks will apply to their own lives; not just in the future, but today.

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