Which AP Physics to Take?

Plano West 2020-2021 School Year

Top 10 Things to Consider

1. Both AP Physics courses are 1 class period (not double blocked).

2. Each semester of AP Physics earns 1.0 AP course credits.

3. Both courses are taught by veteran AP Physics teachers.

  • Mr. Carroll 26 years teaching AP Physic
  • Mr. Grizzle 10 years teaching AP Physics

4. Well developed and articulated curriculum - physics workbook

5. Students are highly successful on the AP Exam.

Quick Stats

AP Physics 1

  • 86% PWSH pass rate, 3.50 average score

  • 45% global pass rate, 2.51 global average score

AP Physics 2

  • 65% PWSH pass rate, 3.20 average score

  • 60% global pass rate, 3.05 global average score

AP Physics C Mechanics

  • 98% PWSH pass rate, 4.46 average score

  • 82% global pass rate, 3.76 global average score

AP Physics C Electricity & Magnetism

  • 90% PWSH pass rate, 4.25 average score

  • 73% global pass rate, 3.60 global average score

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6. It's nearly impossible to fail. Click HERE for why.

7. Course grade breakdown for both courses is nearly identical.

8. Math Requirements​

  • AP Physics 1-2 - concurrent enrollment in Precalculus
  • AP Physics C - concurrent enrollment in either AB or BC Calculus

9. For a brief description of the AP Physics courses click HERE.

10. Looks great on your high school transcript. What percentage of high school graduates take AP Physics nationally?

  • 4.6% take AP Physics 1

  • 0.7% take AP Physics 2

  • 1.4% take AP Physics Mechanics

  • 0.6% take AP Physics Electricity & Magnetism

IMPORTANT - Students can NOT take both AP Physics 1-2 and AP Physics C courses.


Students take either:

  • AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2
    OR

  • AP Physics C Mechanics and AP Physics E&M

Additional Questions - Contact

AP Physics 1-2 - Jerry.Grizzle@PISD.edu

AP Physics C - David.Carroll@PISD.edu