Pre-AP Physics Info

This course includes all of the topics covered on an SAT II physics exam and the, new in 2014, AP Physics 1 exam. Some topics, like thermodynamics, will be an review from chemistry. Others, Physics moduleslike nuclear physics will be an overview. Test taking strategies will be taught and opportunities for taking practice exams will be available for those interested in taking an assessment exam at the conclusion of the course.

Each week students will find all of the assignments listed on the class website (see right).

Phy hw & video lectureWhen a student clicks on the weekly assignment link, like “Week #1 –Module 1 Lecture & Info,” a new page will open.  On that page the student will find a listing of the homework and a suggested daily breakdown of the reading and homework question assignments (example left) for that week. When a student clicks on the video link, a recorded lecture giving an overview of the text material and  drawing attention to important concepts to be covered during the reading that week will be displayed.

You can watch this video by clicking on: http://www.screencast.com/t/LGsSOhmHdSDK

Also, additional material on the website—including videos, interactive links, and practice problems—allow students to further investigate the concepts covered (example below).

Phy add infoHomework each week consists of 15-30 multiple choice, short answer questions, and problems covering concepts studied.  Other homework includes handouts and webquests designed to aid student understanding (a scanner will be necessary for submission of assignments­—most printers are equipped with scanners). All homework will be graded with comments and returned to the student within 48 hours so that understanding of concepts is achieved before beginning new material. There will be module exams that will consist of the same type of questions found in the homework.

There will be approximately 12 labs during the course. The labs will use easy to acquire materials (I will provide you with a list of Phy phet simsmaterials and where you can purchase harder to find items) and will be hands on in nature. Graphing and data analysis/interpretation will be taught as part of the lab work.. Several webquest mini-labs using interactive sites help students visualize concepts (example right).

Live discussions will be held as needed (usually weekly) to review material, work through problems, consider current event case studies, or answer student questions. WebEx will be used for these live group discussions (see an example of a physics class discussion by clicking on: http://www.screencast.com/t/3gOIchadUd).

Two projects (an egg dropper and a balloon popper) give students the opportunity to use their knowledge of physics principles to design and build contraptions for specific purposes.

I am always available to students via email, Skype, Canvas “office hours,” or by phone if additional help is ever needed. Science is my passion, and it’s my goal to help all of my students enjoy science as they learn.

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