Summary of High School and SpringLight Physics Courses

ClassGradeRecommended/Pre-reqsuisitesPrepares students forDifficulty
SpringLight AP physics 1
Summer or Fall
7 to 12Alg 2/TrigHS Honors physics / AP physics 1/SAT II physics/AP physics C mechenics/ F=ma5-6
SpringLight AP physics 2
Summer or Fall
7 to 12Alg 2/Trig
AP physics 1 or mechanics recommended
HS Honors physics / AP physics 2/SAT II physics/AP physics C E&M5-6
SpringLight AP physics C Mechanics
Summer or Fall
9 to 12AP Physics 1
Calculus
AP physics C Mechanics/ F=ma5-7
SpringLight AP physics C E&M
Summer or Fall
9 to 12AP Physics 1
Calculus
AP physics C E&M/ USAPhO semifinal5-7
SpringLight AP physics 1 test prep
Spring
9 to 12AP Physics 1AP physics 1 exam in May5-6
SpringLight AP physics 2 test prep
Spring
9 to 12AP Physics 2AP physics 2 exam in May5-6
SpringLight AP physics C Mechanics prep
Spring
9 to 12AP physics C mechanics AP physics C Mechanics exam in May5-7
SpringLight AP physics C E&M prep
Spring
9 to 12AP Physics C E & MAP physics C E&M exam in May5-7
USAPhO F=ma
Summer or Fall Class
8 to 12AP Physics 1
AP Physics C Machanics
F=ma exam in January7-9
USAPhO F=ma Boot Camp
Dec.
8 to 12AP Physics 1
AP Physics C Machanics
F=ma class
F=ma exam in January7-9
USAPhO Semifinal Boot Camp
Dec
9 to 12AP Physics 1 & 2
AP Physics C Machanics & E-M
F=ma class
USAPhO Semifinal exam in April9-10
USAPhO Semifinal
Spring
9 to 12AP Physics 1 & 2
AP Physics C Machanics & E-M
F=ma class
USAPhO Semifinal exam in April9-10
SAT II Physics
Summer, Fall, Spring
9 to 12H physics or
AP Physics 1 + AP physics 2
SAT II Physics test5-6
SpringLight
Conceptual Physics
6 to 9Alg 1Build interest & foundation for HS physics1-4
HS AP physics C*11 to 12Pre-Cal & Concurrently AP Calculus AB/BC
AP physics 1
Some HS doesn't include E&M4-8
HS AP physcis 1*9 to 12Geometry min
Alg 2 better
To replace Honors Physics2-6
HS AP physics 2*10 to 12Geometry min
Alg 2 better
Most of HS doesn't offer 2-6
HS Honors physcis *9 to 12Geometry min
Alg 2 better
Most of HS can't cover all of the concept.2-6
HS (conceptual) Physics9 to 12Alg I / GeometryFullfill HS lab science requirement1-4