Course Outline for AP Physics 1 2014-2015
Instructor Scott Kindt
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Online information & assignments www.rockymountainstars.com
Textbook: PHYSICS 5th edition Douglas C. Giancoli (supplied by school)
Recommended supplemental material
5 steps to a 5 AP Physics 1 by Greg Jacobs McGraw Hill Education
The Princeton Review Cracking the AP Physics 1 Exam 2015 Edition
AP Physics 1 is an algebra-based, first-time physics course covering mechanics, waves, and electricity. The AP Physics 1 course is ideal for all college-bound, high school students. For those who intend to major in math or the core sciences, Physics 1 is a great introduction to college level work.
Develop students’ problem solving skills. Provide laboratory experience that enables students to analyze collected data and arrive at logical conclusions. Give students the background necessary to score well on the AP exam. Prepare students for additional courses in science. Develop students’ ability for independent and logical thought. Increase students’ ability to apply math to physical sciences.
Dedicated Lab Notebook (graph or composition format), Scientific Calculator
Total Grade comes from: 75% Exams & Quizzes, 5% Homework, 20% Lab Reports
100%-90% A, 89%-80% B, 79%-70% C, 69%-60% D, 59%-0 F
There is a 10% deduction in points for each day an assignment is late.
AP Physics 1 is a weighted course for grades C or higher.
Course Sequence 1st Semester
Ch. 1 Measurement, Significant figures, Conversion Factors
Ch.2 Kinematics, Motion in one dimension
Ch. 3 Projectiles, Motion in two dimensions, Vectors
Ch. 4 Newton’s Laws, Force and acceleration
Ch. 5 Circular Motion & Universal Gravity Kepler’s Laws
Ch. 6 Work, Energy & Power
Ch. 7 Linear Momentum, Impulse & Collisions
*Supplemental Text (Cutnell & Johnson)
*Ch. 8 Rotational Kinematics & Rotational Energy
*Ch. 9 Rotational Dynamics, Torques & Static Equilibrium
Ch. 11 & 12 Vibrations, Waves & Sound
Ch. 16 Electrostatics, Electric Forces & Fields
Ch. 18 & 19 Electric Currents & Simple DC Circuits
Review for AP Exam
Stereo Amplifier Project
There will be on average at least one Physics lab every week. Some will be teacher directed while others will be student directed (inquiry based). During a teacher directed lab, the students are given instructions on the operation of lab equipment and guidance in the lab procedure. Student-directed labs are when the students are given an objective, e.g. “Determine the acceleration due to gravity on earth” and standard materials needed to conduct the lab. Students are allowed to create their own experimental design, and collect data which can be analyzed through graphical methods. Some of these inquiry based labs will have an extra element added to the report. After these labs, each student group must present their results to the class and defend their results.
Students work in groups, but each student must submit a lab report which is turned in the day after the conclusion of each activity.
Each lab report must include the following components
Lab Sequence * Inquiry Based
Orbit the Earth Challenge Problem
Coriolis Challenge problem with long range missiles.
Lunar Tides Challenge problem.
After the AP Exam
Students will build 20 watt stereo amplifiers + power supplies + speakers.