AP Physics 1: Algebra-based: Example Textbook List
The lists below are not exhaustive and the texts listed should not be regarded as endorsed, authorized, recommended, or approved by the College Board. Not using a book from this list does not mean that a course will not receive authorization. Syllabi submitted as part of the AP Course Audit process will be evaluated holistically, with textbooks considered along with supplementary, supporting resources to confirm that the course as a whole provides students with the content delineated in the curricular requirements of the AP Course Audit.
The specified editions of the following textbooks meet the AP Physics 1curricular requirements. Earlier editions of these textbooks or other textbooks not listed here may meet the AP curricular requirements if published within the last 10 years. For discussions regarding the usefulness of these texts and other teaching materials in the AP Physics 1 classroom, please consult the AP Physics Teacher Community.
Example Textbooks Aligned to the Curriculum Framework
These materials have been reviewed by Learning List, an independent instructional materials review service for schools and districts. Inclusion on this Example Textbook List indicates some alignment to the course framework, however, it does not indicate that the material is aligned to 100% of the course framework. Learning List's detailed alignment reports identify the specific LOs and Practices to which each material is and is not aligned to help teachers use these materials more effectively. Contact Learning List for more information.
Douglas Ingram & David Anderson. OpenStax College Physics for AP® Course 1. 1st ed. OpenStax.
Cutnell, Johnson, Young, Stadler. Physics, 10e (Physics 1).10th ed. Wiley.
Other Example Textbooks
Please note that the texts on this list have not been reviewed by Learning List for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Cutnell, J. D. and Johnson, K. Physics. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
Etkina, E., Gentile, M. and Van Heuvelen, A. College Physics, Boston, MA: Pearson.
Giambatista, A., Richardson, B., and Richardson, R.C. College Physics. Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
Freedman, Roger A., and Todd G. Ruskell. College Physics. New York: W. H. Freeman and Company, 2014.
Giancoli, D.C. Physics: Principles with Applications. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Pearson Education.
Giordano, N. College Physics: Reasoning and Relationships. Independence, KY: Cengage Learning.
Knight, R, Jones, B. and Field, S. College Physics: A Strategic Approach. Boston, MA: Pearson Education.
Serway, R. A., and Vuille, C. College Physics. Independence, KY: Cengage Learning.
Urone, P. and Hinrichs, R. College Physics. Houston, TX: Open Stax College.
Walker, J.S. Physics. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Wilson, J. Buffa, A. and Lou, B. College Physics. San Francisco, CA: Addison-Wesley.