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Rice University Online Course on AP Physics

Rice University is offering free online course on AP Physics. This course is designed to teach you everything you need to know and help you prepare for the AP Physics 1 Exam.

Students will find lecture videos taught by Rice professors, problem-solving sessions with expert AP Physics teachers, interactive lab experiences and practice questions.

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Course At A Glance 

Length: 18 weeks
Effort: 3-4   hours pw
Subject: Physics
Institution: Rice University and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $ 49
Session: Self-Paced

Providers’ Details

Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

About This Course

Preparing for the AP Physics 1 exam requires a deep understanding of many different topics in physics as well as an understanding of the AP exam and the types of questions it asks. This course is designed to teach you everything you need to know and help you prepare for the AP Physics 1 Exam.

Why Take This Course?

Students will find lecture videos taught by Rice professors, problem-solving sessions with expert AP Physics teachers, interactive lab experiences and practice questions. By the end of the course, you should be ready to take on the AP exam!

Learning Outcomes

  • Newton’s Laws and motion
  • Conservation of energy and momentum
  • Gravitation
  • Electric charge in matter
  • Electric forces and fields
  • DC circuits
  • Waves and sound

Instructors

Jason Hafner

Jason Hafner earned his Ph.D. from Rice University in 1998 under Richard Smalley for work on carbon nanotubes, and pursued postdoctoral studies at Harvard University with Charles Lieber. Dr. Hafner is currently a Professor of Physics and Astronomy and of Chemistry at Rice, as well as an Associate Editor of ACS Nano.

Gigi Nevils

Gigi has led the Rice Excellence in Secondary Science Teaching (RESST) physics program for Houston area high school physics teachers. As a high school teacher with Spring Branch and Houston ISD, she taught AP Physics C, Pre-AP, and regular Physics courses at Stratford and Bellaire High Schools for five years.

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson teaches AP Physics 1 and 2 and AP Physics C at Stephen F. Austin High School in Fort Bend ISD near Houston, Texas.  This is his eleventh year as an AP Physics teacher. He is also the Academic Decathlon Coach and Science Olympiad Sponsor.

Requirements

Algebra and basic mathematical concepts.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Create an edX account to SignUp
  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.
  • EdX offers honor code certificates of achievement, verified certificates of achievement, and XSeries certificates of achievement. Currently, verified certificates are only available in some courses.
  • Once applicant sign up for a course and activate their account, click on the Log In button on the edx.org homepage and type in their email address and edX password. This will take them to the dashboard, with access to each of their active courses. (Before a course begins, it will be listed on their dashboard but will not yet have a “view course” option.)

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