Pre-AP Physics and Honors Physics

Instructor:  Dr. Frank Lu is an experienced teacher with a PhD in Physics & Artificial Intelligence. He received degrees from Fudan University, University of Maryland,  and Duke University. Dr. Lu has taught college students at UMBC (MD), and American University (DC). He has also tutored high school students from TJ, Oakton, McLean, Langley, and private schools in Northern Virginia.

Dr. Lu’s unique instructional method and interactive teaching style includes problem solving practice and individualized teaching of key concepts in the small group setting, enabling students to apply Physics concepts to real life problems and building a solid foundation for the rigorous AP Physics exam.

Many of his students have received excellent scores in AP Physics (5) and SAT Physics (750 – 800). 86-90% of his students have received solid A’s in their AP Physics classes.

Since 2014, Dr. Lu’s AP and SAT Physics students have updated us on their college admissions. Some got into top schools such as Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Brown, U of Chicago, U Penn, Georgia Tech, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Georgetown, NYU, Purdue, UIUC, U Michigan, UVA and other great colleges. Congratulations to all outstanding students!

A student from TJHSST said: “Thank you Dr. Lu for providing this summer AP Physics prep. I started the AP class prepared with a solid foundation of fundamental concepts. While my other classmates began to drop and change to Honors Physics, I was able to thrive and achieved an A. I want to thank you for your teaching…..”   – A former TJ student currently attending Columbia University

A student from Langley HS commented: “This AP Physics class was the only one I’ve taken in which I did not waste any time during the class. Everything Dr. Lu taught helped me learn and understand AP Physics. I received A and also got a 5 for for the AP Physics exam, and 770 for SAT.”   – John C

A student from Oakton HS shared that“The class helped me understand the difficult concept in Physics. Each week, we brought challenging questions and problems to class, and learned together as a group with Dr. Lu’s strategy, coaching, and guidance. I got an A in my AP Physics class. I am happy with my progress and can’t believe how much I’ve learned.”   – Alex W 

Part I: Mechanics 

  • Conventions and Graphing
  • Vectors
  • Kinematics in one dimension
  • Kinematics in Two Dimensions
  • Dynamics
  • Circular Motion
  • Energy, Work, and Power
  • Momentum and Impulse
  • Gravity

Part II: Electricity & Magnetism

  • Electric Field
  • Electric Potential
  • Circuit
  • Magnetism, Electromagnetic Induction
  • Simple Harmonic Motion
  • Waves & Optics
  • Geometric Optics
  • Physical Optics
  • Thermodynamics I
  • Thermodynamics II
  • Thermal Properties
  • Modern Physics

Resources and information link:

AP Physics Group Study & Tutoring 

Physics Fundamentals 1Physics Fundamentals 2

AP Physics Review / AP Test Prep

SAT Physics

Summer Physics

AP Physics Tutoring 

Our AP and SAT Physics students got admitted to top schools, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Chicago, Columbia, Duke, Upenn. Congratulations!

Registration link: www.oaktonacademy.com. THANK YOU!

Textbook Information: Fundamentals of Physics / 7th Edition, by Halliday/Resnick/Walker