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Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

AP Physics C

2019 - 2020

Matsumoto

Expectations

 

Respect everyone in class.

Students are responsible for all aspects of the class.

Students are strongly urged to take the AP Physics C exams; sign-up for access to ap classroom (alt link) / test registration / test fee info; password = AMP9VE ; GGZ624 

Follow all laboratory safety rules.

course description
 

This class (fall semester; spring semester) prepares you for the AP Physics C exam (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 forming a a study group (password = 94109G) for mutual study / tutoring

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

supplement: Khan Academy [physics; AP physics 1 & II I; physics (India) mechanics & E / M]; Youtube [phreestyle physics; flippin physics; ap physics c mechanics; caltech; Lewin physics ("controversy": 1; 2 )]

other potential resources - fall ; spring; 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

Grades
  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.

academic integrity (example; potential consequence; e.g. 1): Cheating on an exam or plagiarism (lack of appropriate quote marks / citation (e.g. in-text citation and a reference list; inlcude url for websites) in a lab assignment; potential consequences (teacher discretion):  (i) score = 0 (default, which can't be dropped), (ii) negative points, (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.

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.

exams:

  • score = 0 for being absent on exam day
  • 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

labs

  • 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
  • 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

 

Fall (13 chapters)

Spring (10 chapters)
  (ch. 1 measurement) ch. 21 electrostatics
  ch. 2 linear motion ch. 22 electric field
  ch. 3 vectors ch. 23 Gauss' law
  ch. 4 planar motion ch. 24 electric potential
  ch. 5 force I ch. 26 current & resistance
  ch. 6 force II ch. 27 circuits
  ch. 7 kinetic energy & work ch. 25 capacitance
  ch. 8 potential energy & conservation of energy ch. 28 magnetic field I
  ch. 9 linear momentum ch. 29 magentic field II
  ch. 10 rotation ch. 30 induction
  ch. 11 torque & angular momentum  
  ch. 12 equilibrium prepare for ap exam
  ch. 13 gravity  
  ch. 15 oscillation  

 

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

access to: ap class room ; textbook answer key

date assignment due
     
  reminder: continue Zoom class meeting  

Tu, May 12

 

 

 

 

HW: read article about computational thinking or about Python / Juypter notebok, or about mathematica, then write a critique (minimum of 1 page)

lab: develop 2 mathematical model / simulation to illustrate a physics concept using Phython (or mathematica; only if you have access); 1 simulation for mechanics and 1 stimulation for EM. include both simulations in a single file & clearly label them & include a brief description of each simulation

submit above assignments as a file attachment to my sfusd email account by 10 am, May 29, Friday

Fri, May 29

 

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Mon, May 11 ap physic c exam at home  
Fri, May 8 final exam - MC; will cover both fall and spring semester content (will exclude gravity, oscillation, magnetism, and electromagnetism); will be using google classroom  
  weekly Zoom class meeting  
Wed, Apr 23 test on ch. 25 capacitors & linearization on google classroom  
     

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zoom class meeting; download / install Zoom app prior to Zoom class meeting (check your school email for more information; if there's any access issue, please send me an email; note: you must access the Zoom url from your sfusd account)

zoom tutorials; e.g. sfusd; other

link for resources regarding digitial citizenship

sign-in to google classroom

 
     

Mon, Apr 13

 

 

begin online school / class

school online class schedule

ap review session schedule - link

 
 

school closure / spring break

 
 

announcements: please periodically check this website for updates

5/5/20

test e-ticket: text (slide # 5 - 6)

description of ap test submission options: video (4:40); text (slide # 11 - 14)

technology check: text (slides # 23 - 25)

test submission choices: photo vs copy / paste vs file; choice depends on extent of equation writing

estimate eqn use in ap test; 2017_3: me (use math) vs CB (use english)

for minimal equation writing, recommend use file or select/copy/paste method

recommend not using equation editor, since content might be invisible and it takes time

keyboard equation convention: chem; calculus; stats

use *.docx or *.pdf

for a lot of equation writing, recommend submit photo demo

video (from calculus bc; skip to ~ 18:30)

use *jpeg, *.jpg, or *.png; do not use *.heic or *.pdf

practice ap test submission prior to the actual test

nitpicking stuff

5/3/2020

course grade policy change

4/3/2020

link has links leading to ap test schedule & format of ap test; logistics of the ap exam; ap review videos

3/30/2020

starting, tomorrow, CB ap physics c - mechanics & EM review videos on concepts that could be on the ap test; they will be archived, so able to view at a later time. as expect only 3 FR, believe won't be able to test all concepts, so there's an element of luck.

3/29/20

goto google classroom and sign into your class. anticipate to be using primarily google classroom to conduct the "online class"

3/28/20

if school reopens prior to ap exam date, it will be done in school. expect earliest test date would be May 11; its uncertain

expect "online school / class" begins on Mon, Apr 13 (subject to change); will update course website, when it becomes "official"; expect to use google classroom (under development) during this time. sorry for any confusion / uncertainty.

"online" test for capacitor & linearization; no retest & final exam (covering the entire course - fall & spring; MC format) using google classroom

3/25/20

school closure extended until May 1; will update course website, when get more information and decide how to proceed

3/24/20

link to CB resource / information about ap test / courses (see email for further remarks; ask a classmate to forward it to you if you didn't get it)

link: while it's related to ap physics 1 labs, as we didn't do much labs, it might be of value

seems that 45 minutes test will be free response; no multiple choice; do not expect there to be choices for FR questions (based on CB AP physics electronic forum). believe will know for certain by April 3 - check link

reminder: link about technology about taking the ap exam at home: "We recognize that the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating. Working with partners, we will invest so that these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If your students need mobile tools or connectivity, you can reach out to us directly to let us know."

3/23/20

in addition to NOT having magnetism / electromagnetism (ch. 28 - 30) on the ap physics c (EM) exam, there won't be gravity & oscillation (ch. 13 & 15) on the ap physics c (mechanics) exam. sorry for not noticing it earlier.

also, note that both exams will be 45 minutes each rather than 90 minutes each.

still check back on the CB website on April 3 for test format.

3/22/20

while i understanding that it is an uncertain / stressful time, i hope that you are reviewing / preparing for the upcoming 45 minute ap phyiscs c test; e.g. use the princeton or barron ap physics c study book. also, the past AP physics c MC & FR questions (see links at the bottom of the webpage for the fall and spring content). i understand if you're not doing so and hope that you and your family is doing fine.

no new information regarding when the school closure will end, so will assume school closure ends on April 6, but won't be surprised if it's longer.

note earlier link about the upcoming ap physics c test, that there will be more information about its format by April 3, so recommend checking it at that time. also, recommend at preceding link, explore if you have any potential issue with taking an online test.

3/20/20

will not teach that last chapter on electromagnetism, ch. 30 due to recent CB announcement:

" To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March."

"For the 2019–20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home"

realize that the situation is fluid, so there might be changes and I realize that there is some ambiguity in the situation. also, feel free to ignore the content in the chapters on magnetism, since it seems that it won't be on the upcoming revised ap exam.

3/19/20

posted (see links at the bottom of webpage for spring ap classroom content) ap classroom MC magnetism with answer key - not HW (in part, to reduce your stress); also, has MC & FR for other spring content; use as a study guide.

link for fall ap classroom content (at the bottom of the webpage) - both MC & FR; use as a study guide

3/18/20:

as the school district states that teachers can not require students to work during the school closure, you can turn in your HW upon your return to school (if it opens) -- this policy is subject to change - sorry for any confusion.

 
Fri, Mar 20 school closure  

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school closure

ch. 29.4 Ampere's law; # 45

ch. 29.5 solenoid / toroid; # 49, 50, 52, 53

screen cast by another teacher (Ampere's law; solenoid) or me (goto ap physics tab)

Mon, Apr 6

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Tu, Mar 17

 

 

school closure

ch. 29.3 forces between 2 parallel wires with current; # 35, 36

screen cast by me (goto ap physics tab)

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Mon, Mar 16

 

 

school closure

ch. 29.2 magnetic field due to a current; # 1, 2, 4, 15

screen cast by another ap physics teacher or me (goto ap physics tab )

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Fri, Mar 13

 

ch. 28.9 torque on current loop (fig); # 49, 50

announcement: school closure for the next 3 weeks; check class website for potential resources; until then read your textbook, as well as, begin your course review to prepare for upcoming ap exam

Thu, Mar 19

Mon, Apr 6

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ch. 28.6 & 28.8 circulating charge particles (MS sim (flash)); magnetic force on a wire with current (video: wire / coil); # 17, 29; 39, 41, 42, 46

retest on ch. 26 & 27 current / resistance & circuits

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Tu, Mar 10 ch. 28.2 - 28.3 magnetic field (phet; java); # 1, 2, 3     "
Mon, Mar 9 finish-up  
Fri, Mar 6 ch. 27.7 circuit with resistor & capacitor; # 57, 58, 61, 62, 63 Tue, Mar 10
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ch. 25.6 - 25.7 dielectric in a capacitor; # 40, 44, 46, 48

retest on ch. 23 & 24 gauss' law & electric potential (after school on Wed)

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Tu, Mar 3 test on ch. 26 & 27 current / resistance & circuits  

Mon, Mar 2

 

finish up

ch. 25.5 energy in a capacitor; # 29,31, 34, 37

 

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Fri, Feb 28

 

ch. 25.4 series / parallel capacitors; # 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 20

HW: ap classroom: conductors & capacitors

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Mon, Mar 9

block series / parallel resistors lab Fri, Mar 6

Tu, Feb 25

 

ch. 25.2 - 25.3 capacitor & capacitance; # 1, 2; 3, 4, 5, 6

resources: image; video; simulation (requires java)

 
Mon, Feb 24 finish-up  

Fri, Feb 21

 

 

end of grading period

finish-up; mesh method

HW: read ch. 27.8 voltmeter / ammeter; # 49, 51, 52

 

 

Fri, Feb 28

block Ohm's law lab     "

Tu, Feb 18

 

 

test on ch. 23 & 24 gauss' law & electric potential

retest on ch. 13 & 15 gravity & oscillation (after school)

collect physics tutoring form

 
Mon, Feb 17 holiday  

Fri, Feb 14

ch. 27.7 multi loop circuit analysis: intro network theory; use to identify series / parallel; # 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 33, 36, 37

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block ch. 27.4 - 27.6 single loop circuit analysis (phet); # 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 17     "

Tu, Feb 11

 

ch. 27.2 - 27.3 EMF & battery

HW: ap classroom; circuits

 

Fri, Feb 21

Mon, Feb 10 ch. 26.7 power; # 38, 39, 41, 43, 46, 48 Tu, Feb 18

Fri, Feb 7

 

 

ch. 26.4 & 26.5 resistance & Ohm's law; # 15, 17, 21, 22, 24

diode simulation (requries java)

retest on ch. 21 & 22 Coulomb's law & electric field (after school)

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block ch. 26.2 - 26.3 current & current density; # 1, 2; 5, 6, 7, 8, 13     "

Tu, Feb 4

 

ch. 24.5 24.10 electric potential & electric field; # 6, 7, 9; 36, 37

review test on ch. 21 & 22 Coulomb's law & electric field / ch. 13 & 15 gravity / oscillation (after school)

Mon, Feb 10

 

Mon, Feb 3 ch. 24.4 equipotential surface  

Fri, Jan 31

 

test on ch. 13 & 15 gravity & oscillation

HW: ap class room - MC on Gauss law

 

Fri, Feb 7

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ch. 24.2 & 24.11 electric potential energy; # 41, 43, 45, 47

ch. 24.3, 24.6, & 24.7 electric potential; # 2, 13, 14, 19

HW: ap class room - electric field

Mon, Feb 10

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Tu, Jan 28 test on ch. 21 & 22 Coloumb's law & electric field  

Mon, Jan 27

 

 

HW: ap class room - Coulomb's law

ch. 23.9 Gauss' law using a sphere; # 44, 45, 46, 48

announcement: select MC / FR questions available - links at the bottom of the webpage - fall; spring

Mon, Feb 3

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Fri, Jan 24 holiday  
block ch. 23.7 - 27.8 Gauss' law & line / plane of charge; # 22, 23, 24, 26, 27     "

Tu, Jan 21

 

ch. 23.6 Gauss' law & charged conductor; # 19, 20

electrostatic equilbrium; links: 1 ; 2

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Mon, Jan 20 holiday  

Fri, Jan 17

 

 

 

ch. 23.4 & 23.5 Gauss' law & Coulomb's law; # 5, 6, 7, 8

after school: (optional; ec) ch. 15.6 pendulum II; # 38, 39; 41, 42, 43, 48

HW: ap classroom - oscillation

HW: read about Gauss' law & Faraday cage: msu ; Q & A; stack exchange

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Mon, Jan 27

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ch. 23.3 flux in an electric field; # 1, 2

retest on ch. 11 & 12 (after school)

Mon, Feb 3

 

Wed after school: (optional; ec) ch. 15.3 - 15.5 force & energy in SHM; pendulum I; # 5, 8, 9, 11, 14, 22; 27, 32, 33 Mon, Jan 27

Tu, Jan 14

 

link to videos (minimum: 14.01 - 14.04; ~ 35 "); ch. 15.2 flux & intro to gauss' law

free feel to pause / rewind

 

Mon, Jan 13

 

 

 

ch. 22.6 electric field due to line of charge; # 24, 25, 31

after school: (optional; ec) ch. 15.2 simple harmonic motion (SHM); link to simulations

announcement: henceforth, may not use content in textbook's table 10-2 on equation sheet during test / retest

Fri, Jan 17

 

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Fri, Jan 10

 

ch. 22.4 electric field by point charge; # 7, 10

ch. 22.5 electric field by dipole; # 19

Fri, Jan 17

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ch. 22.2 - 22.3 electric field; # 1, 2

ch. 21. 4 Coulomb's law; # 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 11, 15

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Mon, Jan 13

Tue, Jan 7 test on ch. 11 & 12 torque & static equilibrium  

Mon, Jan 6

 

 

 

ch. 21.2 & 21.5 charge (triboelectric charging; charging by conduction ); # 24, 28, 31

ch. 21.3 insulator / conductor

sign-up for ap classroom - ap physics c - electricity & magnetism (see course syllabus for link / password)

begin ch. 15 oscillation, MWF; after school (optional), Mon, Jan 13

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  goto fall content

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

link to google sheets to share class data

(tentative) schedule of labs 

fall semester spring semester
lab 1. intro data analysis lab 1. ohm's law
lab 2. linear motion - horizontal / vertical / incline lab. 2 series / parallel resistors
lab 3. planar motion - projectile  
lab 4. force - friction  
   
   
   

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.

If your group was unable to collect data for a specific experiment, use another group's data and acknowledge / identify data from another group; otherwise, it's plagiarism.

laboratory resources

 

description
2019  -  2020
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2010 - 2011 honors physics
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