AP Physics 1: Vectors
What you'll learn
- Identify scalars vs. vectors
- Graph vectors in the plane (Cartesian coordinates, AKA the xy-plane)
- Identify the components of a vector
- Calculate the magnitude and direction of a vector
- Adding (and subtracting) vectors
- An understanding of how to plot points in the coordinate plane (Algebra 1)
- A basic understanding of fundamental trig functions, sin(x), cos(x) and tan(x). Think SOH-CAH-TOA ("sock-uh-toe-uh")
This course is meant for those studying for the AP Physics 1 or 2. It's also useful for those taking physics at the college level (Intro to Mechanics and Intro to E&M) or if you are being introduced to vectors in Precalculus or College Algebra.
NO DERIVATIONS or LONG-WINDED EXPLANATIONS. Videos are short and to the point with worked examples.
Each section is intended to include only the most important information that you will actually need and use when dealing with vectors on the AP. The course is laid out in a natural progression that begins with a brief introduction to the idea of vectors and ends with the mathematical application of vectors.
Section 1: Introduction and Course Layout
Section 2: What is a Vector?
Section 3: Graphing Vectors
Section 4: Components of a Vector
Section 5: Magnitude and Direction
Section 6: Adding Vectors Using Components
This is the first course in the AP Physics 1 series that will get any student to where they need to be to achieve the highest score possible.
*This course is included as a section within the AP Physics 1 course under this instructor, Paul Kerr
To schedule a private tutoring lesson with Paul, send an email with your information including Name and Course in the subject line.
Who this course is for:
- Students studying for any of the following AP tests: AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Physics C,
- Students taking any of the following classes: Algebra 2, Precalculus, College Algebra, Physics 1 (mechanics, high school or college), Physics 2 (E&M, high school or college)
I have over 12 years of experience teaching and tutoring math and physics and also have a BS in Physics from the University of Arizona and currently working towards a Master's in Education. My experience has allowed to interact with a wide variety of students from many different backgrounds and learning styles. Private tutoring with Paul also available.