**AP Physics 2 Student Syllabus**

**Scott Kindt**

**Email: ****scott.kindt@thompsonschools.org**** Room 212**

**Web Page www.rockymountainstars.com**

**Textbook Giancoli Physics: Principles with Applications (5^{th} ed.)**

The AP Physics 2 course has been designed by the College Board as a course equivalent to an algebra-based college-level physics class. The course focuses on the interconnections between the various strands and units contained in the course syllabus and how each contributes to the “Big Ideas” that provide a core foundation for this science course. Problem solving techniques and strategies are fined tuned throughout the year, and students are continually tasked with connecting physics applications learned in different units in order to synthesize solutions to complex problems. The emphasis on theoretical topics, critical thinking and problem solving makes this class challenging. Mathematics is used to illuminate physical situations. Students must be strong in both math and science to be successful in this course. Conceptual understanding of the material is a requirement for success. Students will be expected to write justifications and explanations of physics concepts.

The content for the course is based on six big ideas:

Big Idea 1 Objects and systems have properties such as mass and charge.

Big Idea 2 Fields existing in space can be used to explain interactions.

Big Idea 3 The interactions of an object with other objects can be described by forces.

Big Idea 4 Interactions between systems can result in changes in those systems.

Big Idea 5 Changes that occurs as a result of interactions are constrained by conservation laws.

Big Idea 6 Waves can transfer energy and momentum from one location to another without the permanent transfer of mass and serve as a mathematical model for the description of other phenomenon.

**Supplies**

Dedicated lab notebook for Physics labs only (composition or graph paper)

Calculator, ruler for labs & ray tracing

**Grading / Evaluation**

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 2 is a weighted course for grades C or higher.

Total Grade comes from: 75% Exams & Quizzes, 5% Homework, 20% Lab Reports

**AP Physics 2 Course Outline**

__Unit 1 Electrostatics Chapters 16, 17__

Coulomb’s Law, Electric Field, Electric Potential

__Unit 2 Electric Circuits Chapters 18, 19__

Resistance, Ohm’s Law, DC Circuits, Kirchoff’s Laws, Capacitance, RC Circuits

__Unit 3 Magnetism & Electromagnetic Induction Chapters 20, 21__

Magnetic field, Magnetic force on charges & live wires, Magnetic flux, Faraday’s Law, Lenz’s Law, Motional emf

__Unit 4 Thermodynamics Chapters 13, 14, 15__

Kinetic Theory, Ideal Gases, 1^{st} & 2^{nd} Law of Thermodynamics, PV diagrams, Carnot cycle

__Unit 5 Fluids Chapter 10__

Density, Pressure, Pascal’s principle, Buoyant force, Archimedes principle, fluid flow, continuity equation, Bernoulli’s Equation

__Unit 6 Optics Chapters 22, 23, 24__

EM Spectrum, Reflection, Ray tracing, Mirror Diagram & equation, Refraction & Snell’s Law, Interference, Diffraction, Thin film interference

__Unit 7 Quantum Physics Chapters 27, 28__

Fundamental forces, photons, Photoelectric effect, Compton Scattering, Photon momentum and Photon-particle collisions, Wave-particle duality, DeBroglie wavelength, Atomic energy levels, Absorption & emission spectra, Quantum wave functions

__Unit 8 Nuclear Physics Chapters 30, 31__

Atomic Structure & Isotopes, Mass-energy equivalence, Radioactive decay, alpha beta and gamma, half-life, Fission & Fusion

**Classroom Rules**

- Students are to be respectful of all people, including themselves, their peers, and teachers. Hurtful comments or disrupting anyone at any time is not allowed.
- Students are to be respectful of their surroundings. This includes proper use of the materials and lab equipment.
- Because this is a chemistry lab food and drinks are prohibited from the lab environment.
- Students will refrain from usage of electronic devices, including cell phones and personal music players. Usage of these devices will be handled according to school policy.
- Students are expected to follow all rules printed in the school handbook.

**General Policies & Late Work**

- All supplies should be brought to class. Students will not be allowed to leave class to retrieve materials from their locker.
- Students are not allowed to regularly leave class.
**In the event as student has an excused absence, a time period proportional to the length of absence is allowed to make up any missed work. Make-up tests must be completed within a week of returning to school. Responsibility lies with the STUDENT to find out what assignments were missed, and to schedule a quiz or test if necessary.****Projects, homework assignments, lab reports etc. lose 10% per school day, up to 5 days late. After 5 days, the work is not accepted.**