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Physics 30 AP


To achieve the high school credits associated with this course students must have obtained Science 10; however, this course is rigorous (equivalent to a first year university course) and students must be highly motivated to succeed.Internet is required for this course.

Delivery Method

This course is delivered asynchronously; however, there is a registration deadline and students will be expected to move through the course with each other.  Therefore, there will be due dates on assignments that must be followed.  There will also be times where students must meet with the instructor online through video conferencing.  Students are expected to register for this course for the entire school year.

**NOTE** This course will be available for the 2017-2018 school year and has registration deadlines.  See details below.

Credits Earned

Successful completion of this course will prepare you for the AP Physics 1 exam, to be written in May. After the exam there are two modules that must be completed to fully earn the Physical Science 20 and Physics 30 high school credits.  On your transcript, you will have an AP designation for Physics 30 if you attempt the AP exam in May; otherwise, you will recieve the regular Physics 30 credit.  There is no AP designation for 20 level courses, so you will recieve the regular Physical Science 20 credit regardless of whether you attempt the exam or not.  Other important details about Advanced Placement  (AP) lie below the Course Description and Units of Study.  All students considering AP should read all of these details.

Course Costs:

If you are not registered with the Sun West School Division, or are 22 years of age or older, then this course will cost $1100 as there are two 100 hour credits associated.  The current registration system will charge you $550, but the actual course cost is $1100.

Important Dates

Registration Deadline: Friday September 12th, 2017
AP Exam Date: Tuesday May 8th, 2018 @ 12:00pm.

Course Description:

Physical Science 20 and Physics 30 AP are combined into a single course designed to be equivalent to the first semester of an introductory college-level algebra-based physics course which prepares students for the AP Physics 1 Exam.  This course is useful for potential engineering, pre-med, science and computer science majors as well as anyone interested in Physics. It is also a fantastic college preparatory course. Since Physics 30 AP is taught over a full school year, there is time for thorough, in-depth, student centered activities allowing students to carry out careful experiments and design practical laboratory work to answer real world questions.

Physics 30 AP ends with completing an exam (administered by the AP Board) that can be used to earn College credit (this depends on the institution and how you do on the exam). More details about AP exams can be found in the General Advanced Placement (AP) Information below.

Units of Study:

Unit 0 - Intro and Math Concepts
Unit 1 - Kinematics
Unit 2 - Dynamics
Unit 3 - Circular Motion and Gravitation
Unit 4 - Work, Energy & Power
Unit 5 - Impulse & Linear Momentum
Unit 6 - Rotational Kinematics and Dynamics
Unit 7 - Simple Harmonic Motion
Unit 8 - Mechanical Waves & Sound
Unit 9 - Electrostatics
Unit 10 - Direct Current Electric Circuits
Physical Science 20 AP 1 Module
Physics 30 AP 1 Module

View full course syllabus

General Advanced Placement (AP) Information

What is Advanced Placement?

Advanced Placement (AP) is an international academic enrichment program.  Through the Advanced Placement courses and exams, high school students can earn university credit, stand out in the admissions process and, more importantly, follow their passion in one or more AP subjects.  In essence, AP courses prepare students for their next educational challenge.  

Is Online AP for Me?

AP operates on an open access policy meaning that any student can enroll in Advanced Placement courses.  To ensure the greatest chances of success, students should:

  • have a reliable internet connection
  • make time to collaborate with classmates
  • enjoy a challenge
  • have a well-developed work ethic and time management skills
  • be self-disciplined and self-motivated to achieve
  • find learning stimulating and exciting
  • be comfortable with technology
  • have parental support and approval

What are the benefits of AP?

For students interested in pursuing post-secondary education and who are prepared to invest the time and energy into these challenging courses, AP will develop and refine the skill sets required to succeed in subsequent academic environments.  Additional benefits to AP are:

  • students are prepared for the rigors of post-secondary study
  • there may be a reduced work load at post-secondary level
  • students have an opportunity to investigate and explore subjects of interest at a deeper level

How does AP affect High School and University Credits? 

Students in Advanced Placement study the regular Saskatchewan curricula but do so within an enriched academic program.  AP is not a diploma program.  Completed courses will be noted on Ministry-issued high school transcripts with an AP designation (ex. ELA B30 AP).  

Note: Ministry of Education transcripts will indicate the AP Designation as received from Kenaston School as the DLC is working in tandem with them. 

AP students are evaluated on a scale of 1-5.   A score of 2 or 3 indicates significant success; this student is well equipped for intense academic study and better prepared for a post-secondary learning environment.  A score of 4 or 5 - on most AP exams - will earn a university credit or placement; certain programs will also recognize an AP score of 3.  It is crucial for you to check with the university of your choice to see what score is required to obtain the credit.  It is also important to note that you have the option to accept or not accept the university credit.  In declining the university credit, you would have the option to retake the course in university and work towards a higher mark.

U of S AP Transfer Credits

U of R AP Transfer Credits

How is learning different within the AP environment?

In AP courses, the focus is not on memorizing and regurgitating facts and figures.  Instead, students engage in intense discussions, solve problems collaboratively, and learn to write clearly and persuasively.  This can be especially challenging in an online environment.  To help you meet these unique learning challenges, you will be required to meet with your instructors online at specific times throughout the year.

When and where do I write an AP exam?

In May, students write an AP exam which is developed by the College Board; the international agency that certifies and monitors AP course deliveries.  The annual schedule of AP exams is posted well in advance. 

These exams are proctored by appointed supervisors and must be written at a designated AP School.  Following registration, your instructor will discuss with you appropriate schools that you can write at.

AP Designated Schools

Students needing accommodations for AP Exams are expected to notify their instructor immediately upon registration of the course; this process can take an extended period of time. Documentation will be required to apply for accommodations. 

What are the exam fees?

Each exam costs $94 USD to write; this fee is non-refundable.Monies are to be paid immediately after registration in the course.

What if I find AP is not for me after I register?

After you have begun your AP studies, you may realize that this type of course is not a fit for you.  If this is the case, meet with your teacher to explore alternate pathways to obtain the associated Saskatchewan curricular outcomes.  There are always other options.  If you have paid for the AP course, you can discuss the possibility of a refund with the DLC Administration.

Who is the DLC’s AP Coordinator?

The DLC AP Coordinator is Aaron Biberdorf.  It is the AP Coordinator’s responsibility to apply for accommodations, order AP Exams, and assign invigilators.  You should contact your instructor(s) directly with questions about AP programming.


Instructor: Dan Krause

Dan Krause

Phone: (306) 252-1000

Fax: (306) 252-2150

Skype: TBD

Sun West Distance Learning Centre

P.O. Box 370
408 - 5th Avenue
Kenaston, SK S0G 2N0


Phone: (306) 252-1000
Fax: (306) 252-2150