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Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

AP Physics C

2020 - 2021




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 (information about how to sign-up & student guide) / test registration / test fee info; password = for fall: ZZWXPD; for spring: KQGWDY 

Follow all laboratory safety rules.

course description

This class (fall semester; spring semester) prepares you for the AP Physics C exam (Monday afternoon, May 3). 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. (online; different edition, assume that there's no significant difference and chapter / subchapter numbering system is the same)

supplement: openstax textbook; phreestyle physics; caltech; College Board: mechanics & EM

other potential resources - fall ; spring; access to past ap tests; 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.

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. all quiz, test, and lab reports will be submited using google classroom

Based on the benefits of group work, up to three students may work in a group for their prelab and / or lab report and / or 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
  • weekly quiz at the beginning 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
  • 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
  • Final exam is cumulative and multiple choice format


  • 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)

use google classroom to turn-in any test / quiz and lab reports

access to: ap class room ; textbook answer key; acccess textbook problems (due to covid-19 situation; 2020 - 2021): fall ; spring

date assignment due
block 2    
block 1 test oh ch. 1 & 2  

Mon, Aug 31


weekly quiz

Q & A


block 2


ch. 2.9 free fall; # 48, 50, 60

ch. 2.10 graphical analysis of motion; # 65, 66, 74 & questions; # 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8

Mon, Aug 31


block 1 ch. 2.6 - 2.8 acceleration; # 18, 19, 20; 26, 27, 29, 34     "

Mon, Aug 24



weekly quiz

Q & A

HW: ap classroom: linear motion (pending)




block 2





ch. 2.2 - 2.5 postion, displacement, velocity; # 4, 7; 17 & questions: # 1

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

derivative as a tangent; compare to secant

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

HW: calculus practice problems






block 1




questions ?

digital agency assignment & meet some of your classmates

ch. 1 conversion factor / dimensional analysis

while not ideal, get notes (*.docx) from chem screencast (*.mp4; ~ 30"; use firefox rather than chrome)

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





Mon, Aug 17





fall bell schedule

zoomnorms ; poster (found in FB ap chem website)

review course website / syllabus / google classroom (fill-out class survey & will provide online gradebook password; do digital agency assignment)

print the equation sheet, which can be used on weekly quiz, test, and ap test

"class song" ?

  goto spring 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  

link to virtual labs (due to covid-19 situation)

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 link
2019 - 2020  
ch. 1 & 2 dimmensional analysis & linear motion
ch. 3 & 4 vector addition & planar motion
ch. 5 & 6 force
ch. 7 & 8 energy
ch. 9 & 10 momentum & rotation
ch. 11 & 12 torque, angular momentum, & static equilibrium
ch. 13 & 15 gravity & oscillation available
ch. 21 & 22 Coulomb's law & electric field available
ch. 23 & 24 Gauss' law & electric potential available
ch 26 & 27 resistance & circuits available
ch. 25 capacitor available
ch. 28 - 30 electromagnetism none; due to covid
2020 - 2021