Physics 1

Online Prep & Review

Couldn't recognize Newton's laws if they chucked an apple at your head? (We know it's a subject and doesn't have arms. Just go with it.) Shmoop's guide to AP Physics 1 introduces all the concepts that appear in the first semester of an algebra-based introductory physics course, including kinematics, gravity, energy conservation, and mechanical waves. You know, the classics. We'll also let you in on how to model resistivity of matter at the next house party you attend, although we can't promise that it'll make you the most popular kid there. Definitely second most popular, though.

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What's Inside our Online Physics 1 Test Prep:

Test-Taking Tips

When it comes to AP Physics 1, Shmoop is all about making sure you have the information you need to crush the exam. What's a big idea? What's an essential knowledge statement? What's a learning objective? What will questions on the exam look like? Why did the College Board decide to name its AP Physics sequence AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, and AP Physics C: Mechanics?

We'll answer four of these questions in our guides, but forget about that last one. Some things were meant to stay mysteries.

Two Full-Length Practice Exams

The only way to understand what it's like to sit through an AP Physics 1 exam before test day is to sit through a practice AP Physics 1 exam, so the Shmoop guide includes two full-length practice AP Physics 1 exams. The questions look like the ones you'll get on the test—no free response prompts about the ultimate fate of a cat in a closed box that is supposedly dead and alive at the same time.

Practice Drills

For those of you who fear introductory algebra-based physics as more than you fear the reaper, we have just the remedy. Explore the six big ideas in Physics 1 with practice problems that strengthen your understanding of exam concepts—no cowbell required.


Whether you're reviewing for the AP Physics 1 exam with time on your side or panic-cramming the night before,* our diagnostic exam identifies the areas that are stellar and the ones that need work. Then, we point you in the direction of specifically targeted review. It's like the future is here.

*Totally theoretical, of course.

Like gravitational force, Shmoop will keep you AP Physics 1, that is.