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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 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 - AP physics 1; AP physics II; 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

  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.


  • 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


  • 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



  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. 25 capacitance
  ch. 5 force I ch. 26 current & resistance
  ch. 6 force II ch. 27 circuits
  ch. 7 kinetic energy & work ch. 28 magnetic field I
  ch. 8 potential energy & conservation of energy ch. 29 magentic field II
  ch. 9 linear momentum ch. 30 induction
  ch. 10 rotation  
  ch. 11 torque & angular momentum prepare for ap exam
  ch. 12 equilibrium  
  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
Mon, Sept 23 ch. 5 force -- pending  

Fri, Sept 20


ap classroom MC - planar motion

ch. 4.8 relative linear motion: # 69

Fri, Sept 27


block ch. 4.7 uniform circular motion; # 56, 57, 59, 63       "

Tu, Sept 17



henceforth, have to do HW assignments to take retest


Mon, Sept 16



collect linear motion lab report& ch. 3 HW

ch. 4.5 - 4.6 projectile motion; # 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 38

retest on ch. 1 & 2 (after school)



Fri, Sept 13 ch. 4.4 acceleration in a plane; # 11, 17       "



ch. 4.2 position & displacement in a plane; # 3

ch. 4.3 velocity in a plane; # 5, 6, 7



Tu, Sept 10

ch. 3.2 - 3.3 vector addition - qualitative (phet)

ch. 3.4 - 3.6 vector addition - quantitative; # 3 - 7; 9, 13, 20


Mon, Sept 16

Mon, Sept 9 test on ch. 1 & 2  

Fri, Sept 6


collect HW

finish-up lab / test review

block linear motion lab Mon, Sept 16
Tu, Sept 3 ch. 2.9 free fall; # 48, 50, 60 Fri, Sept 6
Mon, Sept 2 holiday  

Fri, Aug 30



HW: ap class room; linear motion; 14 MC


Fri, Sept 13



catch-up, if needed

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

Tu, Sept 3

Fri, Sept 6

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

Mon, Aug 26


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

lab assignment: stats


Fri, Sept 6

Fri, Aug 23 collect / review HW  




demo: intro data analysis lab

if needed, finish-up calculus notes

if there's time, groupwork on HW due tomorrow


Tu, Aug 20



skim article about limit


Mon, Aug 19













distribute course syllabus, signature form, survey

attendance / seating chart

review course website / syllabus

print & insert in your lab notebook (NB): lab NB rubric, lab safety info,

print: equation sheet

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

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

distribute textbook (& TI Nspire CX CAS loan) during lunch






Fri, Aug 23

Thu, Aug 22





Fri, Aug 23


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. coulomb's law
lab 2. linear motion - horizontal / vertical / incline 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