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Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

AP Physics C

2019 - 2020




Respect everyone in class.

Students are responsible for all aspects of the class.

Students may need to remain after school (or lunch) for exams, labs, prelabs, & test / HW review sessions.

Students are strongly urged to take the AP Physics C exams.

Follow all laboratory safety rules.

course description

This class (fall semester; spring semester) will prepare you for the AP Physics C exam (on Monday afternoon, May 4). This is a demanding course that is equivalent to a first-year college-level course for physical science / engineering majors.  You may earn college credit and UC awards an extra "grade point" for this course. Strongly recommend getting tutoring as soon as any problem arises and form a study group (password = 94109G).

Textbook: Fundamentals of Physics; 9th edition; Halliday, Resnick, & Walker; 2011.

supplement: Khan Academy - AP physics 1; AP physics II; other potential resources - fall ; spring (pending); Feynman lectures on Physics

calculator tutorials for TI-86 ; TI-89 ; TI Nspire CX CAS; all 3 calculators can be used on the AP exam

  A = 90 - 100 %  exam = 80 %
  B = 80 - 89.9 lab = 10 %
  C = 70 - 79.9 CW / HW = 10 %
  D = 50 - 69.9    
  F =  < 50    

the semester grade and grading period grades are based on the above components and cumulative from the beginning of the semester; thus the semester grade may not be the average of your grading period grades.  

upon student request, semester grade adjustment based on College Boad ap physic c exam score: 5 = A; 4 = B; 3 = C for the corresponding semester course / grade; get a grade change form from the counseling office, copy of the course syllabus, & your report card before the end of the 2 nd week of school in the subsequent fall semester.

extra credit points: attending Calday earns 2 points; provide proof of attendance, e.g. schedule / program of events and written summary of your activities; must attend one science related event; turn-in on Monday after Calday.

academic integrity (e.g. 1; 2; 3; potential consequence; e.g. 1; 2): Cheating on an exam or plagiarism (e.g. lack of appropriate quote marks / citation in a lab assignment; as such, inlcude in-text citation and a reference list at the end of the lab assignment) is unacceptable; potential consequences (teacher discretion):  (i) score = 0 (default), (ii) negative score, (iii) lower semester grade by 1 level, and (iv) semester grade = F.

include your name(s) & period on all turned-in material; otherwise, no points.

Based on the benefits of group work in school and the workplace up to four students may work in a group for their lab and HW assignments (excludes test / quiz).

late work (i.e. homework, prelab, or lab report) due to an absence is due on the day of your return to class and write "absent" on it and write the score on any HW assignments; otherwise, no points.


  • score = 0 for being absent on exam day
  • make-up test / quiz until it is returned to the class
  • retest (after school; up to ~10% reduction in # points per subsequent retest); record highest score
  • once weekly quiz at the beginning and end of the week, which may cover prior week content; may use 1- page / 1 side of notes
  • may include past topics & lab topics
  • may use calculator & "equation sheet" for test / quiz, but may not write on these sheets
  • Final exam is cumulative and multiple choice format
  • unadjusted Final exam score (or exam category score) = semester grade up to C (upon student request)


  • turn-in prelab assignments & lab reports at the beginning of class
  • prelab due on the day of the lab; lab report due date on course website
  • no make-up labs, but can get lab data from a classmate and to avoid plagirism, cite data source & state absence
  • read lab notebook (NB) rubric / scoresheet and lab safety rules; sign & attach to the end of your lab notebook; otherewise, no lab notebook points
  • to prepare your lab report, use Word (including equation editor) & Excel as appropriate and / or Mathematica. score on hand written lab report = 0.
  • lost of prelab / lab report points for improper sequence of content

class work / home work

  • include HW score on HW:  2 points for trying each problem, 1 point for trying part of a problem, 0 point for no attempt on a problem; any multiple-part problem is still worth 2 points. write your HW score at the top of the assignment; otherwise, your score = 0. while HW will be collected, HW will not be reviewed in class, but there's a solution manual.

Any exceptions to the policy in the syllabus will require a note (stating your name & description of the situation & item number in the grade book) signed by me.  Fill-out survey & signature form.

Tentative sequence of topics: AP Chemistry



  ch. 1 measurement ch. 21 electrostatics
  ch. 2 linear motion ch. 23 Gauss' law
  ch. 3 vectors ch. 25 capacitance
  ch. 4 planar motion ch. 26 current & resistance
  ch. 5 force I ch. 27 circuits
  ch. 6 force II ch. 28 magnetic field I
  ch. 7 kinetic energy & work ch. 29 magentic field II
  ch. 8 potential energy & conservation of energy ch. 30 induction
  ch. 9 linear momentum  
  ch. 10 rotation prepare for ap exam
  ch. 11 torque & angular momentum  
  ch. 12 equilibrium  
  ch. 13 gravity  
  ch. 15 oscillation  


assignments (tentative - subject to change, depending upon topic coverage in class)

date assignment due

Fri, Aug 23


collect HW and survey / signature forms

if needed, finish-up calculus notes and / or review HW

block intro data analysis lab Fri, Sept 6

Tu, Aug 20




intro calculus (below simulations require mathematica or cdf player plugin)

derivative: (i) tangent vs. secant; (ii) tangent

integral: (i) single function; (ii) multiple functions

HW: calculus practice problems




Mon, Aug 26

Mon, Aug 19






distribute course syllabus, signature form, survey, lab notebook rubric, lab safety info, equation sheet, textbook

attendance / seating chart

review course website

HW: ch. 1; # 9, 26, 27, 31 (hint: use calculus)

HW: prelab - intro data analysis lab

skim: value of mental math, which implies memorize equations maybe of benefit




Fri, Aug 23

Thu, Aug 22

homework problems refer (i) to the problems at the end of the chapter in the textbook and (ii) due on the next class day, unless otherwise stated

(tentative) schedule of labs 

fall semester spring semester
lab 1. intro data analysis lab 1. coulomb's law
lab 2. linear motion - horizontal / vertical lab. 2 capacitor
lab 3. planar motion - projectile lab 3. circuit
lab 4. force - friction lab 4. motor / generator
lab 5. force - atwood machine  
lab 6. momentum  
lab 7. torque  

Keep your laboratory notebook, since colleges may wish to review your laboratory notebook prior to giving you college credit for Chemistry.

While group work is encouraged, each student in a group is responsible for all aspects of the lab activity. A motivation for group work is to improve work efficiency and to improve your group dynamics skills, which are valuable life-long skills.

To develop your life-long learning skills, prepare for the lab; e.g. be familar with the experimental protocol and subsequent data analysis prior to the lab, since I am planning to provide minimal prelab instructions, so your failure to prepare for a lab could lead to an unproductive laboratory experience. In part, my motivation / rationale is to instill responsibility in my students and to develop your life-long learning skills and self reliance / initiative.

Whenever there is statistical analysis, each student in a group does either duplicate or triplicate experimental trails, analyzes their own data, then uses the average of their trails in their group's lab report. The basis / rationale is related to the Central Limit Theorem and the validity of using various statistical tests.

laboratory resources


2019  -  2020
2010 - 2011 honors physics